News for Friday, November 24, 2000



County, city airports earn state grants

Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and Bob Adams Field in Steamboat Springs were two of 28 airports awarded nearly $2 million in state grants, Gov. Bill Owens announced Friday. Routt County will receive $111,706 from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics. Likewise, Steamboat Springs will get $20,000, the Governor's Office reported.

Shoppers out in full force

At 6 a.m. Friday, Wal-Mart manager Mark Meade opened the doors of his store in Steamboat Springs to nearly five dozen people wanting to get a jump on their Christmas shopping. "It was still dark and cold and they were waiting to shop," he said. By 1 p.m., the store had calmed down slightly, and Meade, with a hint of fatigue in his eyes, looked content.

Commissioners narrow search for two key jobs

Neither a new county manager position nor the less-than-stable communications director job has been filled by the Routt County commissioners, but qualified applicants have been identified. The commissioners decided in October to hire a county manager to handle day-to-day administrative and supervisory duties.

Steamboat in the pack with local resort snow

Snow depths at the Steamboat Ski Area are consistent with most Colorado ski resorts in the central part of the state. To find deeper snow, skiers will have to head to the southern part of the state, where Mother Nature appears to be trying to make up for last year. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials estimated they had 22 inches of snow at mid-mountain Friday. That's right up there with most neighboring ski resorts in Colorado.

Trust gets up-close look at local funding impacts

Members of a national nonprofit organization had an opportunity to see firsthand how the money they gave to a local education program is impacting a number of Hayden students and one in particular. Five officials from the Rural School and Community Trust visited the Hayden School District last Thursday to see how money they donated to the Yampa Valley Legacy Initiative in 1995 is being used.