News for Tuesday, January 16, 2001




For Jan. 5-11

See you Sunday

This is it the last mid-week Steamboat Pilot. The next time you read this newspaper, it will have a new name and a new publication day.

Big game bumps TV sales

Set resolution, not size, is best bet

Sears customers this month are shopping for television sets with screens that begin in the 43-inch range and go up to 53 inches.

Lalive explodes over weekend

Hometown favorite chalks up four top-10 results in Austria

As Steamboat Springs ski racer Caroline Lalive stepped into the starting gate at the World Cup downhill in Haus, Austria, she couldn't have imagined what kind of day it was going to be.

Home field advantage

Locals hope to shine in hometown

When the top nordic combined skiers in the world arrive in Steamboat Springs this January for the seventh Ski Town USA World Cup, they may be more prepared than in the past.

City ready to aid housing

Decisions pending on distribution of $250,000 in affordable housing subsidies

Despite the failure of the excise tax, the city and county are still holding $250,000 in affordable housing subsidies and as the developers of the West End Village Project begin to calculate their costs, the first test case of how the city will use public money to fund housing is near at hand.

Conference offers small businesses 'Net advice

The World Wide Web is becoming an increasingly competitive place for small business people to penetrate, but a pair of speakers at the E-Commerce Conference 2001 here Jan. 10 offered advice on how to prosper.

Optimist teens of the month named

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club announced its selection of teen of the month recently for September, October and November.

Council moves to protect past

Staff looks to restrict wireless facilities on historical property

At the last City Council meeting before the body migrates to Centennial Hall, council members made a move to protect the city's past even as it moves into the future. Led by Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner, council directed city staff to look into potentially restricting telecommunications facilities on city-owned historical properties.

Murder suspect's arraignment postponed

Before Thomas Lee Johnson enters his plea to a murder charge, his frustrated attorney wants all the evidence the prosecution holds and answers to a state statute that deals with insanity. Johnson was scheduled to enter pleas Tuesday for the charges that have been filed against him for the death of Lori Bases and the vandalism of her sport-utility vehicle last spring.

County payroll leads with attorney

Routt County has released the numbers on its top-10 wage earners for 2000, and County Attorney John Merrill heads the list. Most of the top 10 are department heads for the county. "Please note the commissioners are not part of that elite list," joked Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.

Skiers take to air at Howelsen

Logan Gerber and Johnny Spillane walked away with the top honors at last weekend's Rocky Mountain Division meet in Steamboat Springs.

Gauge rising for H.S. grads

A three-year process to review high school graduation requirements is coming to a close but, even as teachers and administrators praise the program for its vision, many students are skeptical of some of its implications.

Oak Creek businesses butt heads

Oak Creek's town attorney, Bob Weiss, told the Board of Trustees it can't act in a land-use dispute between two local businesses in the town.

Steamboat girls handed disappointing loss, 49-38

It was easy to see the disappointment of Steamboat Springs post Brienna Combs as she made her way back to the bench Tuesday night. Her normally bright eyes tried to hold back the tears after suffering a 49-38 loss to the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Trail markers misplaced

Local cross-country skiers who are marking old ski routes and changing existing trail markers on Rabbit Ears Pass are causing concern for the U.S. Forest Service.

Man pleads innocent to attempted murder charge

Last year, Warren Dean Hillbolt III sat in a courtroom as the victim in a violent crime that Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann prosecuted. Seven months later, the 33-year-old Yampa man appeared in the same courtroom before the same 14th District judge with the same prosecutor, but this time on the other side of the law. Hillbolt was arraigned Tuesday on an attempted murder charge.

County drafts new skyline regulations

The Routt County Regional Planning Department is gearing up to get public comment on a new regulation that would mitigate the impacts buildings have in some of the Yampa Valley's scenic area.

Cowboys hustle past Tigers

Out of four quarters of play, Matt Ray believes his Hayden boys team showed up for one. Hayden dropped a Western Slope League game against Plateau Valley Tuesday night 83-45.

Hayden girls trounce Plateau Valley, 59-37

Donald Rolando challenged his Hayden girls basketball team to take control of a league game against Plateau Valley from the tip-off. The Tigers responded by blowing out the visiting Cowboys 59-37. The game was pretty much in hand before the third quarter began.

Fed ruling favors farmers

A Jan. 9 U.S. Supreme Court ruling could detour the right of the federal government to claim protection on isolated wetlands because they are an area for migratory birds.

Walking the plank

End of an era, and the beginning of one

The last word or shall I say, the last Plank will belong to me.

Life Study

The non-profit group takes teenagers to third world countries where they work with communities on projects that meet the basic needs of those communities.

Phippsburg Texaco to become storage facility

The old Texaco station in Phippsburg will become a new storage building.

Airport hires parking lot officer

Relief is on the way to Yampa Valley Regional Airport officials who want someone to enforce parking rules. The officer will have a badge, but not much bite.

Nordic teams shine in weekend road trip

Steamboat Springs skier Jessica Philip led the Winter Sports Club's nordic team at a sprint meet in Aspen last Friday.

High school ski team maintains perfect record

Steamboat's boys alpine team hopes to make it three for three at a Slalom event Friday at Winter Park.

Hospital site development coming

Plans to develop the old Routt Memorial Hospital site into a residential subdivision are poised to go forward now that Park Place Steamboat LLC has closed on its $1.3 million purchase of the old hospital and just more than four acres of land from the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association.

Oak Creek closes in on manager position

Raywood C. Leibensperger Jr. will be asked to travel to Oak Creek to do a face-to-face interview with the town manager hiring committee this week. If all goes well, the town will negotiate a contract and offer him a job.

Race offering adventure

Mountain Quest Adventures owner Barry Siff wasn't offering any details last week as he spoke about an upcoming endurance race in Steamboat Springs.


For Jan. 5-11

Sailors earn tough win

Make it 11-0 for the Sailors. After trailing for much of the game, the Steamboat boys basketball team pulled out a thrilling, double-overtime win over Moffat County at home Tuesday night.

Ag workshops set for Feb. 8, 9

This year's Ag Production Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Friendship Hall in Montrose and Feb. 9 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction.

Ski corp. harnessing Web to boost business

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has jumped off the cornice into the deep powder of online reservations, and traffic is growing at a significant rate. However, company officials say they still have a hill to climb before they reach their goal.