Stories for April 2001

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Monday, April 30

County to seek city funds

Keeping Yampa Valley Regional Airport afloat

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is preparing to file a flight plan that would seek $100,000 from the city of Steamboat Springs in 2002 to help subsidize operations and capital projects at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The commissioners would like to see that amount increase in coming years.

Businessman deflated by city rules

One local tubing operation calls it quits

One local tubing company owner has decided, due to new city regulations banning commercial tubing on the upper Yampa River, that he can't afford to run his business anymore.

Health and Rec raises rates

A lifetime (membership) gets more expensive

For the first time in 10 years, the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center is being forced to raise its lifetime membership price.

Sailors in fine form for regionals

A tennis powerhouse? Well maybe not just yet, but the members of the Steamboat Springs tennis team are making all the right steps.

Jazz Ambassadors perform Wednesday

While the Jazz Ambassadors pack up their saxophones, trombones and trumpets to head to Steamboat Springs for a free concert, the phone lines won't stop ringing for ticket reservations.

Team's season finale bittersweet

Steamboat Springs' JoJo Bucci pulled a baseball from the rear pocket of his pants following Monday night's playoff "pig tale" game at Vanatta Field. The ball will serve as a bittersweet reminder of his final game in a Sailors uniform. Sweet because the ball still bears the mark of his three-run shot in the fifth inning that put his team up by two runs. Bitter because the Sailors ended up losing the game 15-12 after giving up five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Parking, sidewalks weighed

Nordic Lodge expansion reviewed

If City Council agrees with Planning Commission in regards to a proposed expansion o the Nordic Lodge, the debate over whether the downtown area needs more parking or more sidewalks may tilt toward parking. The owners of the lodge on 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue are hoping to remodel their motel, adding retail space, office space, employee housing and a possible coffee shop to the 39-room business.

Sunday, April 29

Hayden park plans under way

Graduate students compiling master plan for area

Town officials are starting to make decisions that will pave the way for the development of 23 acres of property that is intended for ball fields.

Volunteers come out to help Yampa

New vegetation planted along river to help combat erosion along banks

Small, multicolored tents were nestled around the tall narrowleaf cottonwood trees next to the Yampa River on the Carpenter Ranch. These trees are one form of vegetation that volunteers, mostly from the Front Range, worked to plant Saturday and Sunday along the Yampa River at the ranch to help stabilize the riparian forests native to this section of the river.

Students give history a twist

Hayden elementary uses place-based learning in play

Fourth-grader Zach Barnes slips on his cowboy boots, fixes his cowboy vest and readies to put on his cowboy hat to get into his character of an early Yampa Valley settler.

Lacrosse team ready for playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team spent last week resting up and preparing for the start of the state playoffs.

Journey promotes nonviolence

Woman crossing state on donkey-back to bring awareness

After a 12-day trip across western Colorado, Lou Dean arrives on donkey in Steamboat Springs to promote her first novel about the preponderance of school violence.

Saturday, April 28

Coaches serve up winning tennis season

A couple of old-school tennis pros and a young prote have the Sailors tennis team headed in the right direction.

Banking withdrawal

Geneva Taylor retires after almost 40 years

When a check was tossed onto Geneva's desk, a secretary at Routt County National Bank, by some young cocky man, she turned the check to see it clearly. It was written out to her for the amount of one date and signed. She nodded and said, "I think I can take care of this." This was the beginning of her courtship with her future husband, Jack Taylor, and only one of the memories she'll keep of her career working in the banks of Steamboat Springs.

Taking a new approach to teaching

Enrollment, staff numbers leave age out of the equation

School officials in south Routt say that parents of first and second grade students at South Routt Elementary next year will have a unique option to place their child in a multi-age class. The South Routt School District recently decided it will combine a first and second grade class and teach a multi-age curriculum because enrollment numbers are down.

Climate control

Last week, Chula Walker took an early season hike at Fish Creek Falls. The steep trail stayed relatively dry, with some patches of snow, until she climbed to the second bridge; then it was all snow.

LETTERS

Letters for April 23-29

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for April 23-29

The virtual community

Foundation gives Steamboat residents new views of where they live

To anyone who has ever attempted to decode a site plan full of grade changes and irregular lot sizes, the difficulties of transferring a rambling mountainous landscape onto a piece of paper are painfully evident. "We have 2-D maps," said Lyman Orton, the founder of the Orton Family Foundation. "But it's a 3-D world."

Florence Adeline Lusby

1908-2001

After the boat

Senior Sailor Maggie McElhinney will head to North Carolina following graduation

It didn't take long for Maggie McElhinney to make a good first impression on her future water-skiing teammates.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

What's the score? Have you ever noticed that the best rules in life are the ones that are the easiest to understand and enforce.

Fight fire with fire

With fires consuming houses while burning millions of acres of land in the United States last summer and local county and city officials squabbling over wildland fire coverage, it's easy to become overly sensitive to the idea of fire in the environment.

Business by the bottle

New shop brings new wines to town

The owners of Steamboat's new wine shop, Vino, admit they indulge in their goods but it's all part of the service.

Women take on construction business

Co-owners of Sunbeach Construction are learning the ins and outs of rebuilding an Oak Creek home

The construction site looked typical. It had boards lying around the site. The sound of nail guns and other tools filled the air, not to mention the obnoxious air compressor going off and on throughout the day.

Births

For some students, its circumstances, not pomp

Al White says diplomas may not be the ticket that they once were

Royal blue caps and gowns, overzealous speeches and camera flashes will fill Steamboat Christian Center Friday when graduates from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus commemorate their two-year educational tenure.

St. Paul's Church begins rebuilding

Newly remodeled sanctuary will be a blend of old, new

After sitting idle for a year, St. Paul's Episcopal Church has started building its new $2 million church again.

INSIDE OUT

Forest Service looking at permits The U.S. Forest Service is inviting public comment on four special-use permits in the Routt National Forest that are being considered for review.

BUSINESS FILE

Classroom credits bring in cash Alpine Bank and the Routt County Education Foundation announced this week that more than $3,000 has been generated for Routt County schools from the Alpine Classroom Credits program since it was introduced to the Education Foundation in September 1999.

Stacey Jenee Stark

1973-2001

THE RECORD

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

How to pay for adequate child care?

Construction delays leave homebuyers homeless

The construction of a housing project that sold quickly to grateful locals has dragged on for what some of the people who have contracts to buy the units say is way too long.

SIDELINES

Meeting for soccer moms, dads set The Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association will hold parent meetings at the Steamboat Middle School Wednesday and Thursday.

ASKED & ANSWERED

OUR VIEW

Get 'em off the road

Steamboat Springs, the "party town" that it is, has a drinking problem. According to local law enforcement agencies, almost half the arrests that have occurred since Jan. 1 have been alcohol related.

Going green

Local golf courses tee-up for summer season

Golf season will shift into high gear this week with three out of the four local courses opening for the summer season.

WEEKLY PLANNER

CLASS NOTES

James W. Landers

1929-2001

Keeping history alive

Organization works to preserve the past

The historical roots of settlers in Routt County is richly honest. Honest people came to forge a living out of the land. There was no culture-changing gold rush, no boom and no reason to come to the county except to find a way to make a living by mining or agriculture, said Arianthe Stettner, city councilwoman and original member of the building preservation group Historic Routt County.

IN BRIEF

In brief for April 23-28

Stretched for time? Exercise to a tape

Lisa thinks of fitness guru Kathy Smith as a dear friend. She's never met her and never will, but they do yoga together twice a week, and thanks to all that forward bending and deep breathing, Lisa's bad back thing feels much better.

AROUND TOWN

Around town for April 23-28

Transactions

Real estate transaction for April 19-25

The need for speed

Steamboat's Marsh Gooding ranks among world's top young racers

Steamboat Springs sophomore Marsh Gooding just likes to go fast. It doesn't matter if he is on the back of his road bike cruising down Rabbit Ears Pass in the summer or on a pair of slalom skis on the snow-covered slopes of Howelsen Hill in the winter he has a need for speed.

Why DUI?

It's a crime that occurs almost every day in Routt County. Someone has too much to drink, gets behind the wheel of a vehicle and is arrested for drunken driving. So far 118 days have passed in 2001. Since Jan. 1, a total of 359 people have been booked into the Routt County Jail for various alleged crimes.

Friday, April 27

Mountain bike tragedy

Friends, co-workers mourn death of CMC plant director

Friends and co-workers are mourning the shocking death of Steamboat Springs resident Willard Anderson, who died in a mountain-biking accident Tuesday evening in Utah. The 44-year-old Colorado Mountain College plant director died in Utah's Canyonlands National Park. He apparently crashed into a large boulder.

Commission approves apartments

The city Planning Commission gave Curt Weiss the go-ahead Thursday night to start Phase 6 of an apartment complex off of Weiss Drive. Walton Pond Phase 6 will be a two-story building containing eight one-bedroom apartments.

Recognizing the sacrifice

Volunteers to be honored

In the aftermath of National Volunteer Week, which fell during Steamboat Springs' spring break, May 1 has been dedicated this year to recognize and celebrate the volunteers of the community with a reception.

No horsing around

Future of high school rodeo program uncertain

When Kaylee Myers rides her horse, Gabby Bar, off into the sunset two years from now, there is no guarantee that the high school rodeo program won't ride off with her.

Putting pedals to their mettle

Two young locals have a bike-riding dream that may help people with AIDS, but, as of yet, they have no bikes. Jason Willy and Christine Slagle have signed up for a 500-mile ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska, Aug. 20-25.

Thursday, April 26

Locals paying more for gas than most

Steamboat's average gas prices higher than statewide average

In Colorado, gas prices have recently increased by about 10 cents, but Steamboat Springs residents are paying more at the pump than most residents statewide. According to a recent gas survey conducted by AAA Colorado, a gallon of regular, self-serve, unleaded gasoline costs about $1.67, which is about 17 cents higher than this time last year.

You've got a celebrity

You've Got Mail. You've also got a gimmick. And it's a doozy.

When can I plant petunias?

June 14 is the magic date

Early planting fever is a disease we all get at the first sign of warm sun in the spring. It never fails, Mother Nature teases us with a touch of nice, warm weather, and then she zaps us with a blast of cold and snow and wind to remind us who is boss. She does it nearly every single year but it doesn't cure us from trying to beat the odds and get some early planting in the ground to get that fever under control. What is early anyway? Is early for one kind of planting late for another? Is early planting the same every year? Is there a guaranteed safe date to start planting?

Into the mainstream

Farm-raised salmon becoming a bigger fish story

As habitats were threatened and supplies of wild fish dwindled, investment in salmon farming began to rise in the 1980s. Then, as streams were protected and wild fish began a comeback, farming caught on worldwide in a big way. By 1999, more salmon almost 200,000 tons of it was farmed than caught in the wild.

The price of prom

Although prom is considered a rite of passage for most Americans, it also is a time for the nation's youngest models to wear the world's most expensive clothing.

In The Spirit

Local schools benefit from 16th annual Spirit Challenge

Get the pledge cards out and start stretching. Since spring has cleared the track for walkers and runners, the 16th annual Spirit Challenge can begin.

BRIEF POINTS

Student art show at Depot CMC faculty, staff and students' artwork will be presented at the Depot Art Center until May 4. The Routt County Youth, ages prekindergarten through 12th grade, also will be presented until May 4.

A band of soldiers

Nineteen colonels, majors, sergeants and cadets will stand at ease Wednesday before Steamboat Springs, blazing their trumpets, saxophones, trombones and bass, among other instruments.

'Smurfville' makeover finished

An exterior remodel to a 55-unit affordable housing project in Steamboat is finished and the development once known as Smurfville has taken on a whole new look.

Students on road to success

High-schoolers fare well at business leaders competition

While many Steamboat Springs students bathed in Mexico's sunlight or swam in Hawaii's lapis lazuli seas for spring break, seven high-schoolers started on their road to success as future leaders. At a Future Business Leaders of America state championship April 22-24 in Vail, the Steamboat Springs Entrepreneurship team won first, placing them at the head of the national championships in Orlando, Fla

Coroner: Woman's death deemed suicide

The death of a 28-year-old Oak Creek woman who was found Tuesday in a field near Steamboat Springs Airport has been ruled a suicide, Routt County Coroner Doug Allen said Thursday. Stacey J. Stark died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Allen said of autopsy results.

Players deliver dose of reality

The cast of the play "A Shayna Maidel," which closes this weekend, embraces a difficult and intense subject of the life of a Jewish family from Poland separated by World War II and drives it into a believable and moving story that conveys a feeling of reality felt by post-war Jews.

Sailors gear up for weekend competition

With three players on spring break, the Steamboat Sailors will see some shuffling around in their doubles lineup this weekend. The Sailors will meet the Thompson Valley Eagles Saturday without Tara Weiss (No. 2 doubles), Laura Varsafsky (No. 3 doubles) and Marissa Bucci (No. 4 doubles).

Oak Creek gets help to fight wildland fires

The fire district that saw the most action last year in wildland fires has finally got a new truck made solely for fighting wildfires. The Oak Creek Fire Protection District was fighting its wildfires last year with a makeshift truck that wasn't meant to stand the rigors of off-road firefighting.

Methane extraction criticized

Statewide activists voice concerns at meeting

Residents of communities throughout Colorado that have been adversely affected by coal bed methane exploration painted a picture Thursday night of local residents locking horns with a state agency unwilling to crack down on big gas companies. While the activists themselves noted there are many sides to the issues they are discussing, the warning to the Routt County Planning Commission was clear: With coal bed methane exploration, communities need to know exactly what they can do to protect the interests of residents and wildlife. The presentation organized by the Yampa Valley Community Alliance was not related to any specific application.

Wednesday, April 25

Sewer technique may save homeowners money

Unique system to fix 'lateral' pipes now being used in town

A new system for fixing sewer pipes is being used for the first time in Steamboat Springs a method that could save homeowners and taxpayers big money. While the technology for "pipe lining systems" has been around for 25 years, it is now being used on the smaller "lateral" pipes that often run to homes.

Haymaker opens links on Tuesday

Golf pro Hank Franks announced on Wednesday that the Haymaker Golf course will open May 1.

Hotels not adding energy surcharge yet

Following a trend that began in energy-starved California, some Colorado hotels are adding on a surcharge to the price of a night's stay to account for natural gas price increases. Hotels that are parts of chains are especially likely to add the energy charge, which has been hovering around $3 a night for most establishments.

TIC looks to expand facility

National company relies on training workers locally

A national company based in Steamboat, which is 6,000 employees strong, is looking to expand its local training center. The Industrial Co., which is among the top 50 general contractors in America, is hoping to build a new 11,684-square-foot, one-story training facility.

Post office woes hitting close to home

Lost mail by the U.S. Postal Service affecting some area residents

Mignon Huizenga thought she did everything right when she sent her family's tax information through the U.S. Postal Service to her accountant in Florida March 26.

Scrimmage could set playoff tone

While many members of the Sailors soccer team are taking time to work on their tans this week in Mexico, others are toiling on the green grass at Emerald Park.

Tuesday, April 24

Track team members MIA

Many students vacationing on spring break or suffering from minor injuries

A couple of bum ankles and a group of AWOL students have plagued the Sailors track and field team this week.

City looking for qualified vendor for cafe

Council sees Centennial Hall eatery as a place where food, conversation merge

Consider crunching a cruller with Councilor Kathy Connell. Or eating some good food with Planner Scott Woodford. Both of those dreams may soon come true as the city prepares to lease the cafe in Centennial Hall to a qualified vendor. The city's request for proposals, which are due back by May 4, asks for proposals from vendors interested in operating a "coffee bar type service."

Gravel pit not shutting down

Operation instead must meet permit requirements

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will not shut down Fred Duckels' gravel pit west of town for noncompliance with county regulations but instead directed planning officials to assist in getting the conditions of his permit met.

Local teams relish competitive experience

Chix with Stix, Storm focus on positives in tournament loss

The season came to a close for two Steamboat Springs women's hockey teams at the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey last weekend in Westminster.

Man arrested on drug charges

Local carpenter allegedly growing marijuana in home

A 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man's failure to show up in court for an animal citation led to his arrest early Sunday morning on alleged felony drug charges.

Task force: Time to take action

Mountain pine beetles will soon be swarming into town

The public beware: The mountain pine beetles are about to swoop down and start their spring lunch on your trees. Ironically, the Bark Beetle Task Force said it's not the bark beetle that residents need to worry about right now, but it's the mountain pine beetle. The pine beetle has been attacking lodgepole and ponderosa pines in increasing numbers.

Improper registration upsets some

Residents with out-of-state plates should pay their fair share, some say

Routt County residents don't seem to be getting the message that vehicle license plates are not identified by county anymore.

Girls tennis team coming into their own

The Steamboat Sailors No. 2 doubles team is peaking at just the right time.

Mother Nature causes postponements

The last time the Steamboat Springs Sailors faced the Battle Mountain Huskies in a baseball game, the two teams played through rain, snow and sleet at the Craig middle school.

Bus money rolls into town Thursday

Thanks in part to some friends in high places, a $1 million transit grant the city was promised by the federal government last year will be released this Thursday.

Monday, April 23

Meeting to focus on children

Laurel Street School brings more than needs to the table

Jelly bean-covered foam balls atop flower pots made by Laurel Street School children will sit on luncheon tables at the third annual Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Day. In celebration and recognition of Month of the Young Child, representatives of Steamboat's Horizons will travel to Denver Wednesday for the event.

City offers spring break programs

While some of their classmates are taking in sun on beaches across the world, some Steamboat children will just have to use their imaginations. As far as the counselors at the city's spring break programs are concerned, that's not such a bad thing.

Wildfire issue smolders

County emphasizes Steamboat's absence on council

Routt County commissioners clarified Monday that they will not pay the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District or the city for fighting wildland fires. The clarification came after the city of Steamboat Springs published a statement that implied Steamboat Rural and the city were part of the wildland fire council.

Botanical gardens vandalized

Park supervisor 'disturbed' by incident

Officials are estimating about $2,000 worth of damage was caused to the Yampa Valley Botanical Gardens sometime over the weekend. A steel arch was ruined, windows to a storage shed were broken, pots were shattered and brochure boxes were destroyed, leaving literature littered all over the park.

Sunday, April 22

Felony charge refiled against inmate

Deputy DA believes man has not taken responsibility for actions

A letter Alfred John Flood sent to Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann was the reason a felony charge has been refiled against the Phippsburg man for allegedly drinking alcohol in the Routt County Jail.

School board selects director

Members 'very excited' for local to climb aboard

As she sat in the first row facing the four Steamboat Springs School Board members and the superintendent, Paula Stephenson presented herself with confidence, honesty and a striking personality that convinced board members to vote her as the next director of the school board.

Gravel pit may lose permit

Planning staffers say operation is violating conditions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to revoke the special-use permit that allows Fred Duckels to run the Duckels Hogue Gravel Pit, which supplies most of the county with the high-quality gravel needed to make concrete.

Town meeting with legislators thinly attended

Moffat County had the opportunity to weigh in on the topic of growth legislation and what the final form of the bill might take, but instead legislators made their points to a near-empty room. On Saturday, the Center of Craig hosted a town meeting as part of a series of meetings concentrating on the growth legislation now moving through the Colorado State Senate.

Controlled burns successful

Fires help new growth sprout in forests

Two fires purposely set on public land this week in south Routt County will improve grazing land for wildlife and diversify species of plants, insects and animals in the forest. On Tuesday, officials from the Colorado Division of Wildlife set a controlled fire on Blacktail Mountain, just north of Stagecoach Reservoir.

Saturday, April 21

LETTERS

Letters for April 16-21

AROUND TOWN

Around town for April 16-21

Development offers luxury housing for locals

Mountain Vista townhomes is turning out to be that rarest of Steamboat residential developments it was intended to provide permanent housing for residents of Routt County so far, real estate speculators and vacation home buyers haven't taken over the project and a distinct number of purchasers are local people buying their first home.

THE RECORD

The record for April 14-20

Sailors cave to Bears

Sailors pitcher Jordy Gunderson held the Rifle Bears powerful offensive attack in check for most of Saturday's game at Howelsen Hill, but in the end it just wasn't enough.

Framing a business' bottom line

Local contractors nail down factory efficiency

The construction framing industry is no different than any other time is money when it comes to pounding nails.

Prom dreams

Before school ends for the summer and before the seniors in high school walk across a stage, shake the hand of their principal and receive their diplomas, there is a rite of passage that most students must endure: the junior-senior prom.

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for April 23-28

Development of Elkins Meadow proposed

100-acre parcel of land off Fish Creek Falls Road may become residential subdivision

One of the dwindling number of parcels of undeveloped land remaining within the existing city limits of Steamboat Springs is the subject of a proposal for a residential subdivision.

Students get together for the Yampa River

Ecology project breaks down barriers between communities

For the last two years some Soroco High School juniors and seniors "walk on water" while studying about the ecology of the Yampa River or at least that's what their first-grade study-buddies from Soda Creek Elementary School thought.

Transactions

Real estate transactions for April 12-18

IN THE SERVICE

Students find roots in community

Branching out from the classroom

In spirit of Earth Day, blue spruce, aspen and cottonwood trees soon will line every house along Amethyst Drive because of a new tree grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service. This year, a gift of $1,000 from the Colorado Tree Coalition, and $700 from the Forest Service was given to help fund the tree planting program.

Vouching for assistance

Few Routt County residents take advantage of available housing aid

Shelley Kalik just bought new furniture, including a plush leather couch and armchair. She sleeps on the pull-out couch and gives the one bedroom to her two children. Two months ago, even the couch and the chair would have been unthinkable. Kalik was trying to pay $525 in rent with a disability check that brought in less than $700. On top of that, she had to pay utilities and court-ordered day care for her 3-year-old daughter. Needless to say, creditors called her almost every day. And the furniture. She can't say enough about the furniture.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Remote uncontrol It's a rare occurrence in my house that I actually get ahold of the television remote control during prime time hours. Why you ask?

Look out below

The lush forests and scenic mountains that locals in Routt County live to explore and enjoy may be viewed to be among some of the most scenic vistas the Earth has to offer. But lets consider the majority of surface on our planet is hidden, most of it never seen or seen by very few. That's because it's under water.

Down for the count

A decision made by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman to reverse an appeal response by the recently resigned U.S. Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck couldn't have been a better example of how environmental issues are never black and white, good guy and bad guy scenarios that some extremists portray them to be.

Entertainment comes home

Systems that sound like a million bucks but only cost $100,000

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your ultimate home entertainment system. Does it include a 400-disc CD changer? One with a remote control that allows you to browse through your entire music collection by music genre?

Don't take surgery lying down

You say you blew out your knee downhill skiing? Ripped your shoulder lifting weights? Crushed your ankle running into a hole?

INSIDE OUT

Forest service couple bows out A public face of the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest is resigning from her position to take a chief ranger job in her home state of Nebraska.

BUSINESS FILE

First National Bank hires Petersen as VP First National Bank of Steamboat Springs has hired Todd Pedersen as vice president and cashier. Bank President John Kerst said Pedersen will bring excellent financial and operational skills to the bank. He began as a management trainee in the banking industry in 1996 as a personal banker, handling new accounts and consumer loans.

SIDELINES

All-star swimmers diving into clinic The Rangely Hurricanes Swim Team will host a USA Swimming Gold Medal Clinic May 19.

Big finish

Sailors girls lacrosse team ends season with win over Kent Denver

Tracy Norman didn't believe her team would have the tools to get it done against Kent Denver. Without six of their starters, the Sailors had to face the highly ranked Sun Devils after just losing to the Wheat Ridge Farmers, 17-4, Saturday.

Grade school grapplers get busy

Steamboat kids post wins at invitational

Last weekend more than 300 young wrestlers from around the region came to Steamboat Springs to compete in the sixth annual Peewee Mountain Invitational tournament.

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for April 16-21

BIRTHS

Births for April 16-21

ASKED & ANSWERED

For secretary Ginger Erickson, her day of thanks and appreciation came especially early this year. But for most others, you'll have to patiently wait until April 25 until you're reminded from your bosses how important you are.

IN BRIEF

In brief for April 16-21

Lease-purchase agreements gain in popularity with cities as taxpayers tighten purse strings

Passing a bond or a new tax increase in Steamboat Springs has been a daunting task in recent years. In the past two years, both the Downtown Development Authority and a citywide excise tax for affordable housing were shot down overwhelmingly by voters.

OUR VIEW

The destiny of the country

ENGAGEMENT

Doolin and Honts

ENGAGEMENT

Bell and Kubat

Abijah L. Cook

1923-2001

Austin Lyn Blake

1982-2001

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Leashing out how safe is your dog?

Spring is in the air and invariably the dogs are on the loose. While this "return to nature" might seem, well, natural, it is dangerous to the dog, property, other people, other animals, and to your wallet. We asked Animal Control Officer Stacy Hayes about this apparent "Rite of Spring," including your rights and responsibilities as a pet owner.

Carving a niche

Smaller sawmills struggle to survive

The whirr of a saw shatters the quiet mountain air outside of Kremmling, the small town visitors pass through as they head to the Yampa Valley. It's a circular saw, whirling away on a steel contraption that carries huge logs into its teeth. It's a sawmill not used in any high-volume modern operation, but owner Kent Hester said it gets the job done.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for April 15-21

Friday, April 20

Spring break limits track competition

With spring break under way, only 11 members of the Sailors track and field team are expected to compete in the Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs Saturday.

Local man arrested on theft charge

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man who is on probation for theft has been charged with a felony for allegedly stealing $1,270 from his former employer during a 10-day period. Maurice Adama Choquette was charged Thursday with theft, a class four felony, for allegedly stealing the money from Sears between March 26 and April 4.

Locals race in Boston Marathon

Three Steamboat runners place admirably well

It is one of the few races where finishing 5,351 positions behind is an admirable feat. At the 105th Boston Marathon Monday, Steamboat's Emily Conjura finished in the No. 5,352 spot in a field of more than 15,000 competitors.

Summit County passes to deadline

'Buddy' system no friend of Steamboat's

Steeply discounted ski passes at Front Range destination resorts have already reshaped the Colorado ski industry, and they aren't about to go away. Executives at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. acknowledge the discounted passes are drawing a number of Denver skiers away from their resort.

Defining the future

Organization hosts communities from rural America

The Orton Family Foundation will play host to leaders from seven diverse communities stretching from Texas to Washington this week at the Lodge at Steamboat. The foundation's Tammie Bowes Delaney said the group will be here to undergo a week of training working with the Foundation's new CommunityViz! software.

Residents want city to make amends

Longthong Road still not complete

After getting a heated and paved road, residents of a condominium complex perched on one of the steepest roads in Steamboat Springs say the experience of getting the improvements has had some major drawbacks.

Thursday, April 19

Offense downfall for Sailors

Glenwood upends Steamboat, 13-2

Brandon Chicione and Dustin Lanci both hit home runs for Glenwood Springs as the Demons rolled to a 13-2 win over the home town Sailors at Vanatta Field. "We are not a power hitting ball club," Demons coach Mike Wilde said. "We've only hit five all year."

Texas chards speak

For close to 20 years, I've been ignorant of, then suspicious of, then frightened by, then curious about, then interested in, and then impressed by the whole crazy notion of making wine in the Gret Stet of Texas. I mean, of course, making wine somebody without a gun to his head might actually drink.

Skiers just miss championship

Patrollers place among the top in North America

The professional ski patrollers at the Steamboat Ski Area have established themselves as being among the most competitive on the continent a week after capturing first place in the Colorado Ski Patrol Championships at Aspen, the local hot shots placed two teams among the top five at the North American Championships in Blackcomb, British Columbia.

Former Craig resident faces charges

Woman suspected of stealing about $4,000

A former Craig resident faces three counts of felony theft and two counts of forgery for attempting to swindle about $4,000 from two employers in a three-month span.

Good behavior brings rewards

As Steamboat Springs middle schoolers intensely concentrate on their studies Friday, visions of booth games, cotton candy and merry-go-rounds will dance in their heads.

Art of All Ages

For the 20-plus years that Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus has presented an art exhibit for its students, faculty and staff, the youth of Routt County never was incorporated. Not until about three years ago, anyway.

BRIEF POINTS

Free tickets for Army jazz band The Musical Ambassadors of the U.S. Army from Washington, D.C., will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the Steamboat Springs High School theater.

It's a dirty job, but gardeners do it

Preparing your garden soil

In Routt County, gardening is a particular challenge. We have just 59 days of frost-free growing time on average. We receive average moisture accumulation of just 23 inches per year, one-third of which is typically rain.

Aspen Skiing lays off 22

Ski corp. also faces market 'challenges'

The top executive at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said Thursday's announcements of layoffs at the Aspen Skiing Co. doesn't surprise him, but he declined to discuss whether or not similar layoffs are in Steamboat's future.

Residents angered by lack of service

Postal patrons say home-delivery promise like mailboxes empty

Wayne Miller has a mailbox less than 100 feet from his home on Meadowbrook Circle, close enough for the kind of walk a man can take in his bathrobe and slippers. To get his mail, however, Miller has to drive 1.8 miles into town and park at the post office by the busiest intersection in Steamboat Springs.

Reigning in the unleashed

Loose dogs endanger themselves and others

Dogs running on an unsupervised spring fling may be just indulging in new freedoms. But law enforcement officials say more dogs at large means more work for them and more chances for the family pet to get sick or hurt.

Soccer team dominates league

Sailors pummel competition 52-1

Fifty-one. That is how many goals the Sailors outscored their league opponents by this season. On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wrapped up its league schedule by defeating the Rifle Bears, 6-0, at Dudley Field.

Tennis team hits the road for tourney

The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team takes to the road today for the first half of a two-day tournament in Mullen.

Family ties that bind

Although this is one of the 1,000 plays that Rusty DeLucia has directed in her acting/directing career, this play has deeper meaning. It has significance. It has roots. "This helps me round out whatever I was looking for," DeLucia said of her ethnic connection with the play.

A passion for the violin

In a giggly yet humbling tone, the Taiwanese violin genius quickly described his life story over a cell phone sentences cut in half as the reception fizzled out before clarity rang loud. "I endured a lot of pressure to study violin. Parental pressure," Yang said enunciating his words to clarify through the broken up reception.

Williams 'loops' through Steamboat

Known to many as the "Loop Guru," Keller Williams uses his 12-string acoustic guitar with only 10 strings to blend a rhythmic beat with a technical expertise that loops these talents into one man and one sound.

Wednesday, April 18

Growth-control issue under review

Senate leaders hold town hall meeting in Craig

With a new growth-management bill being discussed in the state Legislature, two state Democratic leaders will come to northwest Colorado this weekend to hold town meetings in Craig and Glenwood Springs. State Senate President Stan Matsunaka, D-Loveland and President Pro Tem Ed Perlmutter, D-Wheatridge, will hold meetings Saturday in Craig and Glenwood Springs on growth in Colorado.

Judge's patience waning

Voters won't decide on new court facility until 2002

Routt County's top judge expressed disgust at having to "beg" the public for money to build a new court facility. The comments came during a Wednesday night meeting of the committee that's overseeing the judicial facility proposal.

Assault suspect denied travel

Australian man's work visa expires

An Australian man facing charges for assaulting a man and vandalizing a hotel last week had his request to leave the country denied by a judge Wednesday. Richard Kelvin Lillingstone-Hall, 22, through his attorney, Norm Townsend, requested permission from Routt County Judge James Garrecht to leave the country to activate a tourist visa.

Chix gear up for weekend tournament

It's tournament time for a pair of women's hockey teams from Steamboat Springs. This weekend the Chix with Stix and Steamboat Storm will take the ice in search of titles at the 2001 Women's Association of Colorado Hockey's state tournament. The Chix will play in the "A" division and the Storm will battle for a title in the "B" division during the tournament which will be held at the Sun Microsystems Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster.

Sailors ready for next game

Soccer team taking season step by step

One game at a time. That has been the approach since the beginning of the season. After defeating the Glenwood Demons 3-0 for the league title Tuesday, the Steamboat girls soccer team wasted little time celebrating.

Man arrested on burglary charge

A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces felony charges for allegedly entering a home Monday evening.

Tuesday, April 17

Construction may be softening

The valuation of building permits issued in Steamboat Springs and Routt County this year is on pace to double last year's total. Mark Marchus says don't let the numbers fool you. Marchus is the director of the Routt County Regional Building Department.

Noxious weed seed easily spread by pets

Houndstongue, a problem in the county, is poisonous to some livestock

Taking the dog out for a hike in the forest or a visit to the ranch without a good brushing prior to the trip can aid the spread of a poisonous noxious weed.

City holding session to discuss airport

Looking back at a decision made by City Council in 1992 to build an airport terminal and make runway improvements after only one public comment, the city is making sure to get public input on the most recent airport proposal.

Moffat County gets big win over Steamboat

Moffat County's Rob Satterwhite set the tone early for Tuesday's baseball game at Craig Middle School. He struck out the first four Steamboat Springs batters he faced and didn't allow a run in three innings of work.

Young consultant hired to do study

Some Milner residents concerned about studies research done at proposed gravel pit site

Some Milner residents are upset Routt County hired a consultant who is two years out of college to do a study of cottonwood trees at the proposed site of a new gravel pit. "You would think they would want the best," said Loretta Van Norstrand, a resident of the Saddle Mountain Ranchettes, which overlooks the gravel pit site. The gravel pit is being proposed by Camilletti and Sons and would be located a half-mile south of Milner near a sensitive area between the Yampa River and Trout Creek.

CMC astronomy prof gets 'Faculty of Year' award

For as many stars there are in the sky, Jimmy Westlake has as much passion for the galaxies, planets and Milky Ways that surround our atmosphere. And because of this passion and his enthusiasm for teaching others, Westlake recently received the 2001 Faculty of the Year award at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

Avs won't be on local TV

Cable deal with UPN-20 of Denver a no-go

Avalanche fans hoping to catch Monday night's game at home on cable were out of luck. AT&T spokesman Tom Cotton said he tried hard last week to get the game uplinked for local cable subscribers, but UPN Channel 20 out of Denver no longer leases the uplink for the games.

Investigation uncovers cocaine in Craig

An undercover investigation by Grant, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement agents netted three arrests last week after cocaine was allegedly found in a Craig apartment.

Habitat seeking new tools

Older equipment can sometimes lead to accidents

Habitat for Humanity is less than a month away from breaking ground on its first home in Routt County, but it will be difficult to do without any tools.

AARP class geared to refresh older drivers

Admitting that the senses and reflexes one relies on to drive an automobile have begun to erode is a difficult thing to do. But it's a lot easier when the admission is worth $150.

Sailors net league title

Soccer team blanks Glenwood for bragging rights

Not even a black dog that ran onto the field could jinx the Sailors from winning the league title. At Dudley Field Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wrapped up the league championship with a 3-0 victory over the Glenwood Demons.

City struggles with funding

July 4 extravaganza pressing topic for council

What seemed like small monetary requests made the members of City Council think hard about what they do with the city's money Tuesday night.

Controlled burn near Stagecoach begins

The Colorado Division of Wildlife started burning about 300 acres of land near Stagecoach Tuesday, but officials weren't sure if it all would be finished in one day.

'Drunken rage' yields charges

Man, 22, allegedly assaults 63-year-old

A 22-year-old man has been charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors stemming from an incident where the man allegedly assaulted a 63-year-old man and heaved a chair through a restaurant window.

Monday, April 16

Survey shows support for education tax

'First Impressions' impressed by poll results

A new survey conducted by the University of Denver shows that most Steamboat Springs residents would support a half-cent sales tax increase to support early childhood education services.

Paying more at the pump

Senator Allard pushes for different energy resources

The sound of air escaping Olympian Hall after U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard forecasted summer gas prices in the $2.50 to $3.00 range Monday was louder than the "woosh" of an empty gas tank being opened. Allard, in Steamboat for one of the 64 annual town meetings he holds in each county in Colorado, spoke to a crowd of about 60 people in Olympian Hall about issues ranging from immigration to rural air service.

Fire still under investigation

Cause of dorm blaze unknown

Fire Marshal Jay Muhme was continuing his investigation Monday into the cause of a dormitory fire that forced the evacuation of more than 90 students at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College on Easter Sunday.

Controlled burn planned for today

The Bears Ears/Routt National Forest is advising residents of the Yampa Valley that it will be performing a controlled burn just south of Gore Pass today.

Sailors set for re-match with Bulldogs

Sailors head baseball coach Joss Vinson is expecting a pumped up team tonight in Craig as the Sailors face the Bulldogs for the second time this year.

Champions of the Mountain

Winter Sports Club recognizes its top athletes

It's the end of season ceremony for one of the country's top skiing clubs, but not all of the awards handed out Monday night at the high school auditorium recognized results on the slopes.

School board decides on new member

After an hour of interviews, Steamboat Springs School Board members unanimously decided that Paula Stephenson should fill the vacant position on the school board .

City reviews planning board

Commission may be reduced by two

Debates over developments in Steamboat Springs will likely be as spirited, but may not be as loud or as long. City Council will vote tonight on whether to reduce the number of planning commissioners from nine to seven. The departure of Commissioners Vince Hooper and Joe Fogliano after the end of their three-year terms made the decision that much easier, said City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble.

Sunday, April 15

Search and Rescue team among best in the state

Routt County Search and Rescue is now considered to be among the highest in trained wilderness rescue operations in the state by becoming a fully accredited member team of the Mountain Rescue Association.

When drinking becomes a problem

Local resources available for those seeking help

"The only way to know if drinking alcohol has become a problem for you is when it causes a problem for you," says Tom Traynor, Ph.D., a Steamboat Springs psychologist who specializes in addictive behaviors. "In other words, there are people who drink every day and don't have a drinking problem. But when you wake up having thrown up on yourself, you wreck a car or you lose a job or an important relationship, then it's a problem."

Group set to review applicants

Oak Creek police chief hiring committee established

Oak Creek has set a nine-person hiring committee, including every law-enforcement officer who said they would volunteer, to interview applicants for the town's chief of police position.

Woman's extra effort pays off

Burwell honored with 'Adjunct Faculty of the Year' award

For a woman who endured the obstacles of returning to college as a single mother after 20 years and who implemented new programs at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, Pam Burwell is well deserving of her recent 2001 Adjunct Faculty of the Year award.

DOW plans controlled burn near Stagecoach

If south Routt residents see smoke this week in the Stagecoach area, it will be from a fire, but a controlled one.

Senator holding town forum today

Allard touring state this month

On a whirlwind tour of every county in the state, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., will come to Steamboat Springs today to hold a town meeting at Olympian Hall. Allard will speak to the residents of Routt County between 4 and 5 p.m. and will field specific questions and comments from members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Sailors hope to sink Demons

Steamboat can clinch league title with win over Glenwood Tuesday

If all goes as planned Tuesday, the Steamboat Sailors will lock up the league title with a victory over the Glenwood Demons.

Restoration leads to rebates

Group receives tax benefits after revamping building

Owners of historical Steamboat buildings can take a cue from an investment group that received $51,400 in tax benefits for restoring a historic building downtown.

Franks walks away with 4-0 record

Following a two-day road trip Friday and Saturday, Sailors tennis player Meagan Franks returned home with a 4-0 record.

Saturday, April 14

Lacrosse fire

Girls lacrosse team looking for state playoff spot

Saturday's lacrosse game had been over for a couple of seconds before Steamboat Springs senior Mehana Campbell realized that her team had beaten Columbine. "I had no clue that we had won," Campbell said. "I thought we were tied."

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Can we afford impact fees?

Impact fees fees charged to developers to pay for a community's growth-related capital projects are close to being voted upon by the City Council. We asked developer Jon Peddie, who has lived in Steamboat Springs for eight years, for his thoughts on the matter.

THE RECORD

The record for April 7-13

Students learn creativity can come 'Anonymously'

Middle school team prepares for 'Destination Imagination' trip to Denver

Seven sixth-grade girls gathered during lunch in room 16 of the Steamboat Springs Middle School to squeeze in practice hours preparing for the Destination Imagination state championships April 27-28 at Denver University.

Appeal on Routt National Forest health plan denied

Population numbers sought for animals, plants, insects

An appeal to the Routt National Forest's forest plan was shot down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after U.S. Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck said the plan was not in compliance because of a lack of data.

Steamboat takes beating in March

Ski resort, retailers feel see few tourists at the end of the tourist season

The ski season of 2000/2001 started in a white blur as four feet of November snow allowed the Steamboat ski area one of the three earliest openings in its history on Nov. 18, four days ahead of schedule.

INSIDE OUT

Bear-sighting work deemed valuable Last week, local Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager Jim Haskins publicly reaffirmed that data collected and entered into a Graphical Information Systems program by Steamboat Springs Middle School student Matt Holthausen is valuable information.

Golf season on the horizon

Haymaker offers skills brush-up courses

Golfers can't start signing up for the Haymaker's May programs until later this week, but club pro Hank Franks is already eager to swing back into the season.

Athletes ignore cold, snow to be the 1st to hit the links

Despite a week filled with cold and snowy weather, the Steamboat Golf Club has been open since April 6.

No vacancy

Ramada a popular place

Marlito Freire speaks Portuguese and English fluently, but he's just getting started with his Russian. A native of Brazil, Freire is the general resort manager of Ramada Vacation Suites in Steamboat Springs. That explains his ability to speak Portuguese and English. Speaking a smattering of Russian became a necessity just this year.

IN BRIEF

SuperCamp offered in July and August

OUR VIEW

Pulling together

It's been a bumpy road. And chances are it's not going to get much smoother as we roll through spring. The winter started off with a rush of optimism and early snow. That stalled and stuttered in the middle of the season and soon dwindled into a pallor of frustration with the death of a merger that promised to infuse new life into Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

River exam

Testing the health of the Yampa

Adam Taubman dips his net deep into the muck at the bottom of the Yampa River near Fifth Street, plunging it into layers of mud and aquatic insects. Taubman, a young biologist from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, has been talking about aquatic bugs all day, watching closely as they climb along his fingers and up his arms.

Super skiers

Steamboat Springs High School students named to all-state ski teams

Alpine skiers Stewart Beall, Joe Liefer, Andrew Porter-Merrill and Cassidy Kurtz found themselves in the spotlight at this year's Steamboat Springs High School ski team awards banquet.

First hints of spring

What is it after a long winter that gives you a first hint of spring? As surely as no two of us can entirely agree on just what kind of winter we had, the anticipation of spring manifests itself to us in different ways.

Electric plants powering TIC's growth

Local firm lands Front Range project

The Industrial Co. is experiencing dramatic growth fueled by its success in bidding natural gas power plants.

Tourism turbulence

March drags down passenger numbers at YVRA

The number of passengers flowing through Yampa Valley Regional Airport slumped by slightly more than 8,000 travelers this ski season compared to last winter. The decline occurred even though the planes were nearly three-quarters full.

Quiet time

'Mud season' returns to the Yampa Valley

Spring may evoke images of children selling lemonade on the sidewalk, yard sales or flowers awakening after a long, cold winter. But like the old saying goes, if you don't like the weather in Colorado, wait an hour.

Keeping the faith in Routt County

No idle hands for Bible bookstore owner

Deanna Berry said she knows it could take some time for her El-Shaddai Bible and Bookstore to become commonly known as "the county's only bible bookstore." But she seems to be willing to stick it out.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

What's in a name? Out with the old stadiums and in with those new abstract names I will never remember. I don't like change, but it's happening all around the country. If you don't believe me just look at San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Denver. These cities have all created new sports stadiums in the past few years. Each one built to amaze the senses, with names that manage to dull the imagination.

Spring into motion and reap the rewards

Spring cleaning is not an aerobic sport, but it does burn up the calories, challenge the muscles and give you a good reason to stretch.

BUSINESS FILE

First National names new VP First National Bank of Steamboat Springs is pleased to announce the promotion of Ruth Dombrowski to vice president/commercial banker. In her new position, Dombrowski will work with commercial and real estate borrowers.

'Longview' plans taking shape

Jack Nesbitt has launched a series of residential housing projects he has been envisioning for more than five years on a hilltop overlooking the Steamboat Ski Area and Emerald Mountain.

SIDELINES

Coach Ramunno enters Hall of Fame Steamboat Springs wrestling legend Carl Ramunno will be inducted into the Colorado chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Sailors send Bulldogs scampering

On Saturday, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team cemented itself one step closer to the league title by shutting out the Palisade Bulldogs, 5-0, at home.

Edgar Francis Burch III

Francis Burch III

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for April 16-21

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for April 9-14

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefings for April 9-14

TRANSACTIONS

Building permits for April 1-6

ASKED & ANSWERED

Face it. You dread opening your closets because of the stuff that might tumble out; your guest bedroom has become a storage area and you haven't been able to pull your car into the garage for more than a year. Springtime and the spring cleaning ritual that comes with it is a good time to be honest with yourself and get rid of that stuff that deep down inside you know will never see the light of day.

AROUND TOWN

Around town for April 9-14

Harness the wind

The hiking trails are muddy, the ski resort is closed and the idea of going to the High Country where winter is still holding on for some outdoor recreation seems a little unsettling while waiting for summer to relieve the winter woes.

LETTERS

Letters for April 9-14

Friday, April 13

Town board clears check chasing

Police chief, town manager object to private practice

The Hayden Town Board has given police officer Gordon Booco permission to continue collecting bad checks for local businesses, despite objections from the police chief and the town manager.

Group picks up dinner tab for teachers

In order to show their appreciation for early childhood educators, parents and First Impressions of Routt County are buying teachers dinner at Old Town Pub tonight.

Howelsen Hill wraps up another season

City continues financial life support of the 'heart of Steamboat'

Jeff Nelson probably could have predicted in October how many skier days Howelsen Hill would log this winter. "The last four seasons our skier days have averaged right at 14,000," Nelson said. He is the skier services/rodeo supervisor for the city of Steamboat Springs.

Varsity drops ball to Juniors

Maybe it was the knuckle-noogies, or the constant wedgies they got in the boys locker room. Or maybe, it was just plain pride. But whatever it was, some youngsters took it to the Sailors senior basketball players at the high school gymnasium Friday.

Judge rules woman violated probation

A 56-year-old Steamboat Springs woman violated her probation and will be resentenced in June for threatening an auto mechanic with a gun in May 1999, according the ruling of a 14th Judicial District judge Friday.

Guide helps residents get along

County funds manual on life in rural areas

The Routt County Commission approved some much-needed money for a popular guide for newcomers and others who live out in rural Routt County.

Sailors face off against the 'Dogs

Steamboat holds top spot in league play

The Steamboat Sailors return to Gardner Field today to face the Palisade Bulldogs in a No. 1 versus No. 5 league matchup. The Sailors, who are 7-0 in the 4A Western Slope League, will meet the 'Dogs at 2 p.m. at home on the high school football field.

Conservation project focuses on grouse

As the vehicle crept slowly down the dirt roads of Great Divide, the spotlight shined brightly out of the window onto the sagebrush a signal that the hunt was officially on. The truck continued to manuever slowly, desperately searching for the mirror-like shine from the eyes of the disoriented prey. Once spotted, the animals looked in the direction of the truck, trying to decipher what the bright lights and music had to do with the cold, Colorado spring night.

Thursday, April 12

Man has alleged drunken fit

22-year-old accused of smashing window, assault

A 22-year-old local man allegedly in a drunken rage assaulted an older man after hurling a chair through a restaurant window and jumping on the victim's van.

Parents praise decision

Children's museum to stay put for now

Parents at the Hands On! Children's Museum were thrilled to hear the good news that the museum would stay put, at least for awhile, at its present location on Eighth Street.

Sailors play 'hail' of a game

Lightning didn't do it. Neither did thunder. It wasn't until a hailstorm pelted the players on the field that the referees momentarily put a halt to the Sailors' soccer game Thursday.

Tails of Easter

With the abundance of traditions that surround Easter, none compare to the Easter Bunny or the Easter egg hunt. Hours are spent decorating, waxing, hiding and finding these pastel-colored, hard-boiled eggs.

Jamming live with Jive

For a newborn high-energy band, whose roots range from California to Massachusetts, touring the United States with two guitars, two saxophones, a drum set and a bass has been hard work, but worth all the sweat and tears.

Colo. 131 road work on horizon

Commuters can expect short delays this month

Commuters driving on Colorado 131 can expect travel delays in the coming weeks because of a reconstruction project planned on 4 miles of the highway.

Perennials offer flowers, forever

Site selection and soil preparation are the two most important steps in the design of a perennial garden. Consider sun, wind and water characteristics of your site before selecting plants.

Fire Department snubbed

Safety presentation canceled at elementary school

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department's Rocky Racoon or Jimmy Puppet will not be making their annual appearance at Soda Creek Elementary School this year. For the past 18 years, the two popular puppets, along with numerous others, have been giving safety tips to first- and third-graders in Steamboat Springs.

The colorful world of karate

Studying under a sensei from Naha, Okinawa, who has practiced martial arts for more than 45 years, Goju-Ryu instructor Michael David said he is honored that Teruo Chinen is coming to Steamboat for a two-day seminar.

Sing another love song

No try-outs, no voice lessons, nor any professional experience was needed for the men and women that make up the Columbine Chorale.

Free concert features country-funk band

They're not rockabilly. They're not country. They're not rock. But they're not funk. The Brethren Fast trio is a concoction of "electrified hillbilly funk."

BRIEF POINTS

Cardboard Classic Kudos Following is a list of winners in Steamboat's Cardboard Classic competition. No. 767 - Mad Cow Mobile in the most creative category No. 770 - Steamboat Ski & Sport in the best individual craft category No. 785 - Orangle Sled in the ugliest category No. 795 - Paddle racer in the potpourri category No. 425 - Terminal Velocity Blue Motorcycle in the best reproduction of a person, place or thing category

Nina Storey closing free concert series

The fire on stage for the last show of Tequiza Rocks the 'Boat free concert series is Nina Storey that's with an "e."

Fresh asparagus means it's springtime

Even the queen eats asparagus with her fingers, according to English schoolgirls who are experts in these things. Well, perhaps Queen Elizabeth doesn't, but the common thinking at one time was that you could pick up an asparagus spear with your hand and pop it into your mouth bud first because that's what was done in the royal household.

Youths perform Saturday

If the wind is just right, people walking along north Steamboat Boulevard might catch the soft melody of a flute floating down to the street. The next day it could be from the sweet strings of a violin or cello.

Fired ski rep says he was 'stunned'

Longtime Steamboat-based ski industry executive Charlie Mayfield said he was focused on improving Colorado's stature with some challenging segments of the vacation ski market when he got the bad news Mayfield was fired April 10 from his position as the marketing chief for Colorado Ski Country USA.

Today: Good Friday and Friday the 13th

What a difference a day makes

For more than 2,000 years, Christians have been celebrating Good Friday, today, as the day Jesus Christ died for the redemption of sinners. But this Good Friday may bring fear, anxiety and dismay to many who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobics the fear of Friday the 13th.

Ski patrollers take top honors

For the second year in a row, a team of Steamboat Ski Patrollers has vanquished its counterparts from ski areas all over the state.

Low-priced golf pass deal ends today

Though Steamboat's Haymaker Golf Course won't open until at least May 1, only one day remains to purchase a season golf pass at a specially low price.

NIGHTLIFE

Friday, April 13 Brethren Fast play the last weekend of Tequiza Rocks the 'Boat free concert series from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Gondola Square.

Wednesday, April 11

TV deal may benefit Avs fans

Games 3, 4 might be aired for local viewers

If everything works out the way AT&T Cable Services General Manager Tom Cotton wants it to, local subscribers will be able to watch all of the Avalanche-Canucks series at home on their own television sets.

'Pledge' proposed to board

New county manager makes suggestion

The Routt County Commissioners were taken a little aback this week by a suggestion from the county's new manager to say the Pledge of Allegiance before their action meetings on Tuesday morning.

Extra trout earns ticket

DOW officer believes other rules broken

A Denver man received a ticket this week for illegally taking too many trout from the Yampa River, although Division of Wildlife officers identified other possible violations that could not be easily proved.

Policy switched in water fight

The tides are turning in the wastewater treatment business. Although Mount Werner Water had been sending the city about 10 percent of the sewer tap fees it collected in the Mount Werner district, the city has decided to start collecting the fees itself and will possibly give about 10 to 15 percent back to Mount Werner.

Sailors shooting for big win

Steamboat plays host to Battle Mountain today

After posting six consecutive shutouts, the Steamboat Springs soccer team hopes to keep the streak alive against the Battle Mountain Huskies today.

Ski corp. VP of finance resigns

Dennis Baker, vice president of finance for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for the past seven years, has resigned effective Friday to pursue other business interests.

Tennis team ready for big test

Sailors' unbeaten streak at stake this weekend

With a 5-0 record, the Steamboat Sailors' unbeaten streak will be at stake this weekend against some of their stiffest competition of the year.

Steamboat feels lock-in

Anyone looking to get to Denver by an airplane or a shuttle were out of luck Wednesday because of an April snowstorm that crippled the metro area.

Runners gear up for invitational

Last weekend, Steamboat Springs distance runner Ian Ramsay streaked to a second-place finish in the 800-meter run.

Rider hitting the (long) trail

Sands Dickson rides a white stallion named Alexxii. A lot.

Burglary suspect waives hearing

A 30-year-old Craig man facing felony charges for allegedly burglarizing and stealing from his former employer waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Mapping out their world

Area students get up close and personal with Geographical Information Systems

What started as an Orton Family Institute idea of developing tools for local students to understand their community better and the Yampa Valley Legacy Foundation's dedication to provide local placed-based education opportunities has blossomed into a thriving Yampa Valley Community Mapping Program. On Wednesday, teachers and students got to see just how far the program has come at an open house at Centennial Hall to present the nine projects now off and running in Routt and Moffat county public schools.

Tuesday, April 10

Girls get sixth-straight shutout victory

In football-like weather, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team scored its sixth consecutive shutout victory Tuesday.

Grant money hides shortfall

City looking for more money for budget

The city of Steamboat Springs has received $45 million in grant and partner funding in the past five-and-a-half years. During a work session Tuesday night on potential solutions for the city's budget shortfalls, council members agreed the city's success in getting grant money has given the residents of Steamboat Springs a false sense that the city can meet all of its budgetary needs.

Apartments scarce, pricey

Survey: Local vacancy is 2.6 percent

Rental apartments in Steamboat Springs are scarce, and people who manage to locate one will find they have to pay about $40 more per month than the average for the state of Colorado.

Sailors overcome weather

Steamboat eager to return home after topping Battle Mountain, 16-7

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team didn't waste a lot of time celebrating after beating Battle Mountain 16-7 on Tuesday night in Craig.

Chix celebrate 2 recent wins

The Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix hockey team sharpened its edge for a late-season run last weekend by topping the Denver University Pioneers and the Colorado Synergy in two road games.

Map work on display

From plotting accidents on Colorado 131 to mapping local bear spottings, Routt County students will show off their community mapping projects at an open house today.

Police chief panel on town agenda

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees is expected to pick a hiring committee Thursday night to help find the next chief of police, and board members will discuss annexing South Arthur.

Accident leads to long chase

Officer follows woman past city limits

A Steamboat Springs police officer was given authorization to apprehend an alleged drunken driver outside of the city limits just before noon Tuesday.

Sales taxes show modest Feb. increase

Natural gas price hikes big reason for rise

If it weren't for the fact that natural gas prices went up so much this winter, the city may have had a 2-percent increase in city sales tax receipts from the month of February. Although the city took in 5.6 percent more than it did in February 2000, the numbers are somewhat deceiving, given the gas price increase.

Tennis team remains unbeaten

The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team swept the visiting Paonia Eagles Tuesday to remain unbeaten through its first five matches of the season.

Monday, April 9

City eyeing impact fees

But budget shortfalls still predicted

After having to drop approximately $3 million in capital projects from its 2001 budget, the City Council will take a closer look tonight at what it can do to fund infrastructure and other capital improvements in the future. The sales tax heavy Steamboat economy is not making the grade, as far as many City Council members are concerned, causing the city to leave items such as funding for a new Ski Time Square turnaround and highway medians out of the budget this year. The city also had to delay a number of other projects, including Lincoln Avenue pedestrian improvements.

Local nurse in running for top honor

Neonatal specialist loves what she does

Because of her willingness to carry the 24-hours-a-day, seven-day-a-week load of helping high-risk newborns, Yampa Valley Medical Center's Tracy Heaberlin has been chosen as a finalist for the state's top nursing award. "We're very lucky to have her. Many families in the valley are lucky," said Linda Casner, the hospital's director of nursing who nominated Heaberlin for the award. "She has a lot of energy and enthusiasm and dedication. We're very fortunate to have her working with our physicians."

Teaching respect for each other

There's nothing magical about Peter Yarrow's program

Peter Yarrow of the folk group "Peter, Paul and Mary" magically turned a roomful of adults into small children again Monday night, getting them to sing along to tunes of hope and redemption in the face of school violence. Yarrow kicked off the first day in a three-day series on character education with a series of songs and lessons intended to make a point.

Robber gets 90 days in jail

Accomplice pleads guilty

Gregg H. Grabowski was given a chance Monday morning to straighten out his life instead of going to prison for robbing a convenience store on Thanksgiving. Also Monday, William S. Russick, who was with Grabowski during the crime, pleaded guilty to felony robbery and will be sentenced in May.

Man pleads guilty to pot charge

A 41-year-old Hayden man pleaded guilty Monday to felony possession of marijuana, but has the opportunity to clear his name of the conviction if he stays out of trouble for two years. Anthony L. Gevara admitted his guilt to a charge of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver. In exchange, he may receive a two-year deferred judgment.

Sailors struggle on road

Two-game home stand looms

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team lost its first game of the season last weekend, but by Monday, head coach Chris Polumbus had put the game in perspective. "Our girls played pretty well," Polumbus said. "Boulder just outplayed us on that day."

Baseball squad struggles

After defeating the Moffat County Bulldogs last week in Craig the members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team were on top of the world. But since then, the Sailors have slipped into a three-game losing streak.

Keeping 'em comin' back for more

The most hospitable of Steamboat get their pats on the backs

Gina Norton has seen many employees come through her life in 14 years of managing the Gondola Square SportStalker ski shop. But the annual influx of fresh faces and new enthusiasm have kept her energized in her career. Her employees also helped earn her the title of "Hospitality Person of the Year" Monday night. "I know my employees put a lot of effort into my nomination," Norton told an upbeat crowd of more than 400 people at the Sheraton Steamboat Grand Ballroom. "I'm bummed the ski season is over!"

Students get inside look at government

Being with the coroner isn't a place most people want to end up, unless they're teenagers on Student Government Day. On that day (which was Monday this year) the coroner is one of the most popular city and county officials whom students choose to shadow.

Sunday, April 8

Learning from the best

Successful women offer advice to eighth-graders at forum

Successful women in Steamboat Springs will lend themselves as examples to eighth-grade girls from around Routt County offering inspiration and tips on women's changing roles in the 21st century. "Shining Lights Unite for a Bright Future" is the theme for this year's "Girls to Women, Women to Girls" seminar.

Caffeine can boost your energy

It is the world's most popular drug. Found in more than 60 plant species, it is consumed by four out of five Americans each day. What is it? Caffeine.

Maze operator seeks expansion

Greg Gallavan, the owner of Amaze'n Steamboat, is seeking to add a climbing wall and a "bumper-boat pond" to his recreational operation on U.S. 40 near Pine Grove Road.

Mariella (Mary) Mosher

1916-2001

Man faces assault charges

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces charges of assault, wiretapping and harassment stemming from an alleged fight with his girlfriend early Friday morning.

Old Town seeing urban renewal

The latest example of urban renewal has been proposed for Oak Street in Old Town Steamboat Springs.

Dispatcher likely to be hired

Floridians seem to be flocking to county government

A tight group of Floridians are proving to be a benefit for county and town officials looking for qualified personnel to fill needed positions. Today, the Routt County Commissioners are expected to pass a motion to hire Janice Joan Ling as the public safety dispatch and communications director for the county, ending a tedious search that has lasted for months, County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

Saturday, April 7

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Water, water everywhere?

Mount Werner Water and the city of Steaboat Springs have locked horns over service issues and expansion leaving some customers soaked. What's the fight all about? What's it going to take to resolve it? And what does it all mean for the customers? We've asked Dan Birch, manager of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation, to help us get a better perspective on the matter.

LETTERS

Letters for April 1-7

Flat Stanley, I presume

Paper cut-out traveler anything but one-dimensional

Somewhere on Mount Werner, a boy named Stanley is lost. But according to those who last saw him, he may have voluntarily gotten lost, so Search and Rescue shouldn't get excited.

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transactions for March 29-April 4

Want more energy? Snack, balance and drink!

Dan Benardot is an energy expert. While he works with the elite, the big question he tries to answer for them is the is the same one we all ask: What should we eat to help ourselves play harder, last longer, feel stronger?

AROUND TOWN

Around Town for April 1-7

Gear on the go

Ten years ago, a one-day snowmobile trip starting in Columbine to Encampment, Wyo. and back to north Routt County may have been impossible.

UNDER THE SUN

Gun play?

Shooting sports for children? I'm sure the idea sends a shockwave through some people's bodies that convulses into a mental smattering of Columbine High School, or something like that. And I understand that perspective.

Wapita wrangling

Elk ranchers gaining a hoof-hold

What better environment could there be for elk than Routt County's Elk River Valley? The surrounding hills are thick with the forage elk thrive on, and animals are abundant in north Routt County. But not all of the elk you'll see are wild.

Straight shooters

Using a steady hand and a steady eye, five local children lay on the floor of the indoor shooting range, aiming .22 rifles and air rifles at a small target 50 feet down the range.

Run, Steamboat, Run

The Steamboat Springs running series kicks off with the Spirit Challenge May 5

Aaah, summer in Steamboat Springs. The signs are starting to arrive as the water runs from the high peaks into the valley, the green grass is sprouting along mountain trails and, of course, the Steamboat Springs running series is just around the corner.

SIDE LINES

Side lines for April 1-7

Real estate numbers up in 2001

Downturn not apparent yet

If the downturn in the national economy is going to have an effect on local real estate sales, it hasn't appeared yet.

Gas companies poking around county

Phillips, KLT interested in Routt methane reserves

Phillips Petroleum executives are thinking seriously about doubling down on their bet on coal bed methane gas in west Routt County. Whether they'll push ahead with their bid to find commercial volumes of natural gas in the Woodley Spring pilot project, or fold their hand and walk away from a $3 million investment, has yet to be decided.

A matter of the bladder

Officials hope Ride the Rockies will be relieved with not in Yampa

When the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour comes through south Routt in June, Yampa town officials hope the participants won't be marking the same territory they did the last time the tour came to the quint south Routt town.

Education on the fly

Cultural connections open eyes and minds

Since Jordan and Matt Whitacre have been on spring break from The Lowell-Whiteman School, they've been hiking around their house everyday on a 5.2 mile loop preparing for their trek through Nepal.

Digging into the mysteries of the lost and found

Hotel housekeepers sometimes take on role of Indiana Jones

One sock. One shoe. Diamond earrings. Adult novelty items. A toothbrush. A bag of marijuana. In a city that sometimes hosts at least as many visitors as there are residents, housekeepers are the preeminent anthropologists.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for April 2-7

'Living on borrowed time'

Is Routt County ready for wildfire season?

Residents in places like Tree Haus, Dakota Ridge, Stagecoach and the Soda Creek Highlands better take a hard look at the landscaping around their homes if they don't want to fall victim to wildfires.

Helen Sherrod

1911-2001

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for April 1-7

THE RECORD

OUR VIEW

Upping the rent

Property rights is what it seems to boil down to. "I've got a right to do whatever I want to do with my property and it's all spelled out in the Constitution and that Bill o' Rights thingy," seems to be the rallying cry when it comes to whether or not people should be allowed to rent their homes on a short-term basis to anyone. And where is the city on this?

BIRTHS

Birth announcements for March 8-April 1

ASKED & ANSWERED

Eggceptional designs

The Easter Bunny will soon be on his way, visiting families across the country, hiding colored eggs for children to run out and find them. To help you create the most brightly colored or eccentric looking eggs, we asked locals around town for their decorating tips.

IN BRIEF

In brief for April 1-7

WEEKLY PLANNER

Warren Lincoln Flock

1920-2001

Parking-lot plans

'The Chadwick' proposed near Village Center

A Florida development group is proposing to build a six-story condominium project at the corner of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive, in the heart of the ski village at the base of Mount Werner.

HOME FRONT

Refinance, keep your payment

Falling interest rates quickly cause many homeowners to research the opportunity to refinance their mortgage and reduce their monthly payments. However, most homeowners overlook a golden opportunity that presents itself when the spread between the interest rate they locked in on their mortgage, and current interest rates, grows wide enough.

BUSINESS FILE

Business file for April 1-7

Catherine Marie Campbell

1964-2001

INSIDE OUT

Steamboat softball a big hit

Although many sportscasters claim baseball is the national pastime, come to Steamboat Springs on any given weekday this summer and it may seem softball is the biggest hit.

Members priority for new Catamount golf pro

Jim Miller celebrated his 33rd birthday and the fact he is the new golf pro at the Catamount Ranch and Club all in the same week.

John M. Reagan

ENGAGEMENT

HARRIS AND ANDREW

Robert N. Robinson Sr.

1910-2001

Friday, April 6

Senior tax rebates could jump

Proponents say city should look at inflation

While it may amount to seemingly insignificant dollar amounts when they shop at City Market or buy a sweater, the money seniors on fixed incomes pay in sales tax adds up. Individual seniors making under $30,400 or two seniors making under $34,750 can receive a city sales tax rebate of $150 around March 1 every year.

Agencies ready for season's end

Officers say less snow means more activity

The ski season is quickly coming to an end, and some agencies in town are preparing for the change of the seasons. Historically as each ski season comes to an end, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has to deal with more crime, the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter finds itself with more animals and Waste Management has to pick up more trash.

Rain takes center court at tennis tourney

Steamboat doubles off to impressive start

Though the Steamboat Sailors woke up early Friday morning to compete in a tournament in Grand Junction, a steady rainfall forced their matches to begin later than anticipated.

Elk, mud halts county road traffic

Routt County Road and Bridge announced a 90-day closure of the County Road 18 Friday to ensure minimal damage to the road and to keep the public from disturbing the elk.

County to ask city for lift

County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said this week the county will formally ask the city of Steamboat Springs to make an annual contribution to the operating budget of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Debt weighs down airport

Commissioners see cash shortfall but it came quickly

Faced with a dwindling working capital fund for Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the Routt County Commission decided this week to transfer $421,000 from their general fund budget to keep the airport aloft.

Thursday, April 5

Camera may help save lives

Firefighters use tool to 'see' in smoke-filled rooms

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department is interested in buying a $15,000 tool that will give firefighters eyes in rooms filled with thick, black smoke. The tool is a thermal-imaging camera. The volunteer fire department gathered Wednesday night to see how the hand-held camera works.

Efforts aimed at snuffing smoking

Efforts aimed at snuffing smoking

Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Visiting Nurse's Association want to keep the communities in Routt and Moffat counties healthy this spring, and are sponsoring a 9 Health Fair this Saturday as well as National Public Health Week this week.

Residents spring into new jobs

As seasons change, so do some people's proverbial hats

What would you rather do for a living this summer? Would you prefer to work as a convenience store clerk, selling hot dogs and cigarettes for $9.50 an hour, hump drywall for $9 an hour, or paddle a raft as a ranger for the new Yampa River State Park for $7.84 an hour? The choice is yours.

County sells its mining claim share

Routt County auctioned off its interest in an old silver mine for the sum of $150. "It's pretty much worth $150," said county attorney John Merrill, who said Routt County's ore-mining industry pretty much died out a long time ago.

Life is a cabaret

Years ago the suspects were seen in the blazing Inferno at Steamboat's Gondola Square, and since have been noticed in the depths of the underground Cellar Lounge. But in less than 24 hours, rumor has it that Steamboat's Gondola Square is next on the hit list for the suspects to make their enchanting stage presence.

Perry-Mansfield preps for summer

Before County Road 36 turns into a dirt road and just after the breeding ground for brown fuzzy cows, nationally recognized performing artists and soon-to-be artists dance, sing and act at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

Faith and food

Roasted lamb centerpiece of Easter celebration

Eugenia Poolos takes command in the kitchen of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation armed with several 5-pound bags of sugar and flour, sticks of butter, dozens of eggs, a bottle of vanilla extract and an even bigger bottle of bourbon.

BRIEF POINTS

'Tuna' wraps up this weekend Greater Tuna, a play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, presents its final two performances at 8 p.m. April 6 and 7 at the Depot. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Downhill Racers

No Newtons are needed to test gravity at Steamboat Springs' first Soap Box Derby. The natural gravitational force of the Earth, along with the weight and size of participants and their homemade vehicles, will determine the winner.

NIGHTLIFE

Friday, April 6 The classical and Flamenco guitar sounds of Dave Markle will play at 7:30 tonight at the Alpine Bistro, located at 521 Lincoln Ave.

County to hire dispatch chief

If all goes as planned, the Routt County commissioners will pass a motion on Monday to hire Janice Joan Ling as the new communications director.

Safeway expansion starts

Grocery store growing

The Safeway store in Steamboat Springs broke ground this week on a much anticipated 8,322-square-foot addition to its existing building near the corner of U.S. 40 and Pine Grove Road.

Steamboat soccer team looking for big win over Palisade

Steamboat Springs soccer team takes a four-game winning streak with it to Palisade Saturday, as the Sailors square off with the struggling 'Dogs at the Peach Bowl.

Sailors look for league win Saturday

Boulder lacrosse coach Maddie Russell said this Saturday's game with the Sailors will be special for her team.

From sprout to spectacular in a season

Design an annuals bed this year

Some of the most beautiful and imaginative gardens in Steamboat Springs are created with flowering annuals. These undemanding plants become fully grown in just one season, giving gardeners an opportunity to experiment with color, texture, shape and design.

Town digs into ditch issue

Local and county officials are hopeful a resolution can be reached for a ditch that has plagued the Routt Count Fairgrounds for years.

Potential controversy averted

Sieverding replat approved with little difficulty

About 15 audience members and a police officer looked on as Kay Sieverding leafed through 107 pages of documentation about the consolidation of her property into two lots.

Sailors ready for weekend tournament

Tennis team will face top players in state at Grand Junction

After walking through its competition early in the season, the Steamboat Springs tennis team will now test its skills against some of the best players in the state.

Wednesday, April 4

Support for Emerald sought

Group explores preservation options

There were some hard-hitting questions from local residents last night as the group trying to save Emerald Mountain held its first public forum. The Emerald Mountain Partnership is the nonprofit group hoping to save about 6,400 acres of land from development. The land connects to the city-owned Howelsen Hill recreation area. The land is worth about $17 million.

School staffers vote for pay raise

Some teachers 'very discouraged'

All Steamboat Springs School District staff will receive a 1.85-percent salary increase that is retroactive to the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year after a long-awaited resolution between school board members and the Collaborative Bargaining Team. This means that a third-year teacher with a bachelor's degree will see an increase in his salary from $25,419 to $25,889.

Neighborhood broil heats up

'Cut-and-dry' planning meeting could be anything but routine

What looked to be a relatively cut-and-dry application for a replat in Old Town may become somewhat more complicated due to a fierce neighborhood feud, say city planners. The city Planning Commission scheduled a special hearing for tonight to review Kay Sieverding's request for a replat of her property into two lots off of Princeton Ave.

Sailors untouchable so far

While some soccer players on the Western Slope take pride in leading their teams in scoring, the members of the Steamboat Sailors defense specialize in spoiling their efforts.

Next track meet a hop, skip and jump away

The all-weather track at Meeker High School will be the next stop for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School track team.

Janitor not returning anytime soon

Restraints regarding alleged assault pending

A Soroco School District janitor who is on paid administrative leave for allegedly assaulting four middle school students will not be returning to work anytime soon.

Tuesday, April 3

Council approves expansion

Ski Haus gets OK to build larger building across street

A vocal crowd ushered Rod Schrage across the street Tuesday night as City Council approved a development for Schrage's Ski Haus store to migrate across Pine Grove Road.

Historical sites designated

Fire lookout, 2 other buildings recognized for 'value'

The old concrete fire lookout located on top of "Old Baldy" or Hahn's Peak has been designated as a historical site along with two other Routt County buildings. The Board of County Commissioners approved the designations Monday.

Tax deductions for commuting not an option

Steamboat Springs commuters don't get a tax break for their travels, but they should be aware of a business travel deduction option if they use their car for work expenses.

County investments pay off

It looks as if Routt County's new investment gurus are paying off. The county is reporting it has earned $1.34 million in interest off its portfolio last year. In 1999, the county earned only $1.05 million off its portfolio under the direction of its treasurer.

City plans to help in ice rink renovations

Although two City Council members worried about spending more general fund money on a project not approved by the voters changed their initial votes from yes to no, the ice rink committee got the city's promise to help finance a renovation project.

Sailors soccer team tops Huskies, 2-0

Steamboat Springs stayed unbeaten in league play Tuesday, downing the Battle Mountain Huskies, 2-0. The Sailors are on a four-game winning streak, which dates back to their first league victory against the Glenwood Springs Demons March 27.

Girls gear up for weekend tourney in Junction

Sailors tennis coach Emily Harris is putting a positive spin on her team's upcoming match against Hotchkiss.

Snow totals on Buff Pass below average

When March skipped out like a lamb last week, there was something missing on Buffalo Pass. The pass, just northeast of Steamboat Springs, and above 10,000 feet on the Continental Divide, typically gets some of the highest snow totals in the state. This year, it's missing 3 feet of snow on the ground.

Sailors pull off 'biggest win ever'

Sailor David May wasn't supposed to start, he wasn't supposed to throw seven complete innings and, most of all, he wasn't supposed to win. But the freshman pitcher stepped onto the mound at the Craig Middle School last night and did everything he wasn't supposed to do.

Trooper in favor of changes

Improvements to U.S. 40 on Muddy Pass long overdue

A Colorado State Trooper who has more than 20 years of experience patrolling Muddy Pass believes safety improvements to the pass are long overdue.

Monday, April 2

Sailors, 'Dogs go to bat

Western Slope rivalry continues

Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey is hoping for a record-breaking crowd at tonight's baseball game at the Craig Middle School. The contest will pit the Bulldogs (2-3) against the Sailors (0-5) in a key Western Slope rivalry starting at 4 p.m.

School board reviews library plan

Expanded facility proposed

East Routt County Library District officials proposed a long-term facility plan for a new library site expansion to school board members Monday night at a Steamboat Springs School District study session.

Jail and Bail brings in more cash

The third annual Jail and Bail raised more than $14,000 for three local entities.

Officials say rules don't apply

Former city planning director calls nightly rentals 'illegal'

A former planning director for the city claims the practice of renting out one's home on a nightly or even on a short-term basis is illegal under the city's Community Development Code. That goes against the argument made by the current planning director, Wendie Schulenberg, and her staff, who claim that because the issue of nightly rentals is not mentioned in the code, it is an allowable use.

Emerald's future on the table

Public encouraged to attend forum

Members of the Emerald Mountain Partnership say that if people don't want to see homes on the beautiful mountain, they might want to attend a public forum Wednesday. As planned, the meeting will educate people about the effort to save Emerald Mountain and why it is important to wildlife, agriculture and recreation.

City to discuss ice rink's fate tonight

Whether to let tax payers vote to pick up tab for improvements a point of contention

The approximately 1,200 residents who enrolled in programs at the Howelsen Ice Arena this year can expect big changes come the winter of 2001-2002, though those changes will be coming out of about 10,000 pockets, not including tourists.

Nonmotorized plan unveiled

Proposal would ban motorized vehicles near Buffalo Pass

The Routt Winter Task Force unveiled its proposal of a non-motorized area on Buffalo Pass, at an open house Tuesday night where written public comment was collected.

Girls lacrosse team unites to win

It was late Monday afternoon, but the effects of the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team's thrilling overtime win last Saturday were still being felt.

Sunday, April 1

Scott Church

Here to stay

It might be one of the most recognizable tunes on the local radio today. But for many people, according to its creator, it's annoying. For some, it's entertaining. For others, it's just plain stupid.

Nina Lockhart

School mom

Nina Lockhart isn't building million-dollar condominiums, she isn't building a business empire and she isn't building a lucrative career.

Harvey Begay

Aviator, artist

The first thing one notices about jewelry maker Harvey Begay, upon meeting him, is that he isn't wearing any Navajo jewelry. In fact he isn't wearing any jewelry at all. No turquoise-studded bolo tie snugged up to his neck, no silver bracelet and certainly not a heavy belt buckle. In fact, his woven leather belt could have come from Cabela's or Land's End.

Braves skate to hockey title

Chris Timmerman and Phil Bush combined for two goals during an overtime shoot-out period Sunday, as the Steamboat Bantam Braves defeated Casper, 4-3, for the Ski Town USA Hockey championship.

Fund-raiser a big success

Event raises about $24,000 for charter school

The north Routt charter school held a fund-raiser Saturday night attended by state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, and state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, to try to raise money for the school's facilities budget and to help the school purchase a vehicle.

Julie Jordan-Struble

Positive influence

Julie Jordan-Struble is comfortable living the quiet, small-town life in Steamboat Springs if only she wasn't such a hardworking employee.

Advance wishes may help out

Medical directives should be put in writing

Yampa Valley Medical Center's Ethics Committee doesn't want anyone to "die dumb." That's why members will be present at the 9 Health Fair Saturday to help people fill out advance medical directives.

Steamboat a top destination

Money.com: Town is one of the 12 best vacation spots

Money.com, the Web arm of Money magazine, is telling its readers that Steamboat Springs is a preferable summer destination to either Aspen or Vail. In fact, Money is touting Steamboat as one of the 12 best places in America to spend a summer vacation.

Judith Lehel

What a journey

The first American Judith Lehel ever met was a soldier, who gave her the first piece of chocolate she had seen since the beginning of World War II. That was probably after the Nazis killed her uncle, but before she was shipped to a series of refugee camps and before she was shot at while escaping to Austria and shrapnel pierced her flesh.

Coach optimistic about Games

Nordic Combined team 'light years ahead' of last year

U.S. Nordic Combined coach Tom Steitz spent last week catching up with paperwork and taking a much-deserved break in his hometown.

Diane Dwire

A regular pro

Fierce, quick and intimidating are the words that most people would use to describe a professional football player. But when you first meet Colorado Valkyries defensive back Diane Dwire, those are not the first words that come to mind.

Catamount seeks top exec

Lake Catamount Resort and Club is looking for a new top executive now that President and General Manager Mike Beckley resigned.

Sailors honored for season performances

Four Steamboat girls earn all-conference recognition in basketball

After leading Steamboat to the regional playoffs for the first time in coach Bruce Alston's seven-year career, four Sailors were recently rewarded with all-conference honors.

April dedicated to celebrating kids

Several events scheduled to bring awareness to Month of the Young Child

April rain showers may feed the May flowers, but April also represents a time to celebrate and cherish young children. Tuesday's downtown Month of the Young Child parade at 10 a.m. will host children, parents and other child-care providers from Steamboat, Hayden, Yampa and Oak Creek.

State Patrol realignment adding 'experience'

Six additional troopers will now be available in the area

On Sunday, Capt. Gary Torgerson of the Colorado State Patrol became the supervising officer of Jackson and Grand counties to go along with Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties that are already under his control.

'Star' employees to be honored

Hospitality Banquet a way to recognize workers

The resort community will honor the people who grill the fish, check the lift tickets, schlep the baggage, make the beds and answer the phones during a special awards ceremony from 6 to 11 p.m. April 9 at the Sheraton Steamboat Grand Ballroom.

Mark Drake

Steady at the helm

His scrapbooks may tell a different story, but Mark Drake says coaching football is not just about winning. This comes from a man who has led 12 teams to the state playoffs, five teams to league titles and one to a state championship.

Dave Moran

Singing along

Dave Moran has settled down in Yampa and the quaint little town seems to fit him like an old pair of cowboy boots. The guitar and banjo picker, who has entertained in the Yampa Valley on and off for 15 years, seems to be coming into his own. Sitting in his kitchen in his old house in the little town, Dave can perfectly spin a story to music through a country or folk rhythm.

Pam Burwell

Student of life

Holding a curiosity for the world's treasures, Pam Burwell's first step toward understanding herself and her connection with people began with a circumnavigation of the globe. "I just put on a backpack and traveled around the world," Pam said.

Kim Haggarty

Fortunate one

It's unlikely that Kim Haggarty would draw a lot of attention as she glides effortlessly across the ice at Howelsen Hill during one of her "learn-to-skate" lessons each week.

Jeff Temple

From the land

Jeff Temple's earliest memories of Steamboat are of bouncing up the lower flanks of Storm Mountain in a battered red Willy's with his father, Jim.

Debbie Linthicum

Life's dancer

"I'm not shy" Deb says as she walks into a gourmet food store to sell for a dollar apiece cookies she baked less than an hour ago.

Paul Yonekawa

Full hands

When chimney sweep and firefighter Paul Yonekawa first came to Steamboat Springs some 20 years ago he was impressed with the beauty and the people.

Jean Labaree

Alive on stage

On Christmas Day 1952, Jean Labaree's father picked his 5-year-old daughter up, put her on his shoulders and her told that cancer had taken her mother's life.