News for Monday, November 20, 2000

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Howelsen gets historic declaration

On Saturday, Feb. 6, 1915, Carl Howelsen raced down a 200-yard ski slope with a 60-degree pitch and took off, flinging himself 127 feet through the air the first ski jump on the hill that would later bear his name. Did he think, perhaps at the moment when he reached the apex of his jump over the small town of Steamboat Springs, that he was participating in a historic moment? Or was he concentrating on his landing, which, according to "The History of Skiing at Steamboat Springs," by Sureva Towler, caused Howelsen to wrench his ankle?

Fire chief's job could get overhaul by board

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District board may decide at a meeting tonight if a paid, part-time fire chief is needed in the town. Board President Jerry Greenwood called a special meeting to discuss creating the job and to go over budget issues.

Council to consider revamped city budget

The 2001 city budget, considered one of the tightest in years by city officials before the October budget retreat, may get even tighter. The City Council will vote tonight on whether to approve the revised budget, which would force the city to dip $450,000 into its reserves.

State Board of Education recount results withheld

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland was duty bound to keep a secret Monday. She cannot reveal the local results of a statewide recount in the election for commissioner of the State Board of Education until after Nov. 28. But it was easy to infer from her mood that there were no major discrepancies in the local vote. "It went extremely well," Weinland said. "I'm ecstatic. I am so relieved."

Sailor earns Player of the Year honors

Jessica Johnson ended her volleyball career at Steamboat Springs by winning the 2000 4A Western Slope Player of the Year. Johnson, a senior outside hitter, shared the honor with Lisa Samuelson of Rifle. Both players led their teams to the regional playoffs. The Sailors, who were 24-6 on the season, went on to the state tournament in Denver.

Seat belt use may have saved life, trooper says

A buckled seat belt would have made a difference in an one-car accident that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Denver man early Sunday morning, a state trooper said Monday. Daniel Smith was killed after he was partially ejected out of a 2000 Subaru Outback he was driving on Colorado 131, state Trooper Brad Keadle said.

Man, children grateful for paramedics' efforts

Joe Kish wakes up every day and is thankful he can see his three kids he is raising by himself. He owes that gratitude to two local paramedics who have been working in the field for less than two years. Kish, 46, almost left his three children orphaned after an August motorcycle accident on a mountain trail broke five of his ribs, his collarbone, scapula, punctured one of his lungs and damaged another.