News for Sunday, November 19, 2000

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District's defeat puzzles advocates of rec center

Nearly two weeks have passed, and members of the West Routt Recreation Committee are still stunned the community could reject the formation of a local recreation district. In the Nov. 7 election, voters in the Hayden School District not only rejected plans to increase taxes but also the formation of a legal taxing body.

Tourney brings out the best

Top local bowlers compete for the coveted King of the Mountain title

By 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the field of 26 men and 10 women bowlers who had gathered at the Snow Bowl had been cut to the final few. At stake was the coveted King of the Mountain title and the crown in the biggest scratch tournament of the bowling season.

Sheriff's Office to take cases of reckless skiing

Just as Steamboat's skiing population got ready to tear up the powder this weekend, a ski racer from a nearby ski town was convicted of criminally negligent homicide after a fatal collision with another skier in 1997. Former Vail lift operator Nathan Hall could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison for the charge. At the Steamboat Ski Area, incidents like collisions are handled by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Education Board vote goes to state recount

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland's staff will be taking part today in a statewide recount of ballots cast on Nov. 7. But the Bush and Gore camps won't be tracking the results. The race in question is the battle for the state Board of Education, in which Democrat Jared Polis was the apparent winner.

School funding OK brings hope

Hayden School District Superintendent Scott Mader walked into his office the morning of Nov. 8 feeling happy about the election the day before. Mader knew an amendment to the state's constitution boosting school funding had been approved. Voters across the state soundly supported Amendment 23, which will set aside one-third of 1 percent of the existing state income tax for education.

Conservationists get mountain bid

The members of the Emerald Mountain Partnership heard the news they had been waiting for in Denver Friday when the state Board of Land commissioners voted to accept the partnership's bid to spend the next four years searching for ways to conserve the 6,400 acres that lie just to the southwest of the city of Steamboat Springs.

Cost of living in area keeps troopers away

For almost five years, Colorado State Trooper Duane Bradley has tried to stabilize a unit that has a high turnover rate due to the cost of living in Steamboat Springs. When Sgt. Bradley took over the state patrol's operation in Steamboat Springs, he took over a unit of seven troopers. Since that time, six of the troopers have moved on. "We get troopers that come up here through the academy," said Bradley, who has been in the state patrol for 19 years. "In about three years, they move on."