News for Sunday, March 4, 2001

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Hey, kids March 20 is 'Get-Up-and-Exercise Day'

When you read stories about how flabby and unfit the children of America are, television is usually one of the main culprits cited. Kids aren't outside playing because they're inside snacking, glued to the tube especially young children, 2 to 11, who spend two and a half hours or more every single day watching TV.

Filling out tax forms a daunting task for some locals

When tax season rolls around, teachers can get into some of the same bad habits for which they chide their students. "I'm dreading doing my taxes," said Chappell Marmon, a 23-year-old English teacher at the Lowell Whiteman School.

Cabin fever may be road to depression

Winter blues? Cabin fever? Valley fever? Most of us feel this way from time to time. A strong urge to escape from the winter doldrums is a common response to prolonged snow and cold.

Steamboat setting its eyes on a state title

On Thursday, the Steamboat Sailors will continue their quest for the Class 4A state title when they take on the Lewis-Palmer Rangers in a state quarterfinal game at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Local skiers fare well in Lake Placid

Although only eight of the 13 local skiers who qualified for the Junior Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., took part in the special jumping and nordic combined events last week, the skiers who competed came away with impressive numbers.

INSIDE OUT

Log on for forest fire prevention plan The proposals to reduce brush and small trees, otherwise known as fuels, from the Routt National Forest by means of clearing and burning can be viewed on the Internet.

Mountain snow below 'average'

Ski area spokesman: It's the experience that counts

The sun has made only infrequent appearances in February, but all of those clouds haven't produced much snow, and Steamboat will have to experience a very snowy March and April just to have an average winter snowfall.

ASC merger set to finalize in late March

The merger between American Skiing Co. and MeriStar Hotels and Resorts is now scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

'Geek Suites' planned

Developer Dave Dooley is poised to pour concrete this spring on a new mixed-use commercial and residential condominium project that will establish a new category of building in Steamboat Springs. Call it the "Geek Suite."

Chopper offers more than just a tour

Helicopter can be utilized for photography, backcountry searches and sightseeing trips

As a longtime member of Routt County Search and Rescue, John Witte had numerous opportunities to hitch a ride in a helicopter while looking for a lost backcountry skier, hunter or snowmobiler. Then one day while buzzing along over the treetops, it dawned on him that he needed to rearrange his world.

Time to refinance may be now

Mortgage rates falling toward 30-year lows

Home mortgage rates are approaching 30-year lows and that's a signal that some homeowners should be investigating refinancing their mortgage to take advantage of the lower interest rates, some lenders say.

Freedom phones

More and more people are cutting the cord and going cellular

If you haven't heard the telltale warble of a cell phone on a powder day in Priest Creek, give it time. Sooner or later, you will.

BUSINESS FILE

Wool yarn offered at CMC gathering Sheep are a big business in Routt County and northwestern Colorado, so local knitters and textile artists find it ironic that it is difficult, if not impossible, to purchase wool yarn in Steamboat Springs.

City ready to delve into new code

After hearing a vast array of comments and concerns from the community, City Council is embarking on a two-month series of meetings with the city's planning department to evaluate the fourth draft of the Community Development Code.

Steamboat teacher earns top honors

Cindy Gay, who teaches science at the high school, wins national award for excellence

When Cindy Gay returned home from school on Valentine's Day, she discovered a misplaced FedEx envelope sitting on her living room floor. She had been anticipating the news for weeks, but when she picked up the flat envelope, her anxiety grew.

Traveling at the speed of dog

"Dogs are not pushed to run. They all want to go. And all someone has to do is go to any starting line to see that for themselves. These dog live to run. They enjoy running the way a golden retriever loves to retrieve," veterinarian Del Carter was quoted as saying in a story written by Alaskan journalist Bill Sherwonit about the 1986 Iditarod, the greatest dog sled race in the world.

Where have all the real hunters gone?

I've noticed in the past few years how much importance is being put on technology and equipment and how little is being put on hunting and hunting skills. This really hit home last week when I picked up one of the many bow hunting publications I subscribe to and couldn't find a single "hunting story." Instead, every article was on technology and equipment.

March comes in like a lamb

More skiers expected to hit town later this month

Members of the Steamboat resort community were hoping that fresh snow and relatively uncrowded slopes would be enough to lure last-minute skiers past the deep discounters in Summit County to ski Mount Werner this past weekend.