News for Tuesday, March 6, 2001

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Top local skaters off to Denver

This weekend Steamboat Springs skater Jenny Spencer will head to Denver hoping to bring back a title in one of the state's most prestigious figure skating events. "It's a lot harder than our last competition in Pueblo," Spencer said. "I won there for the first time and I'm really hoping to do just as well in Denver."

Food-stamp theft suspect will be evaluated

Insanity plea entered

Twenty-six-year-old Sascha Karl Fischer sat at a defense table Tuesday listening to his attorney explain slowly and deliberately what could happen to him if he pleads insanity to a charge of illegally using a food-stamp debit card. At the end of the hearing, Fischer decided to go with the insanity defense, despite the fact he maintains he is sane.

Legislators ponder palatable bill

Fruit of the vine or the 'Grapes of Wrath'

A bill making its way through the Colorado Legislature would allow retail liquor stores to provide customers free samples of beer, wine and liquor sort of like little chunks of free breakfast sausage skewered on toothpicks at the grocery store only different. State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, said he voted for House Bill 1209 as it passed the State Senate on second reading Tuesday. If the bill passes an upcoming third reading it would go to Gov. Bill Owens' desk for his signature unless last minute amendments send it back to the House. State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, said he too supported the bill in its present form.

Sailors look to rope up Rangers

State Quarterfinal action heads to Pepsi Center in Denver

It may have only been a summer-league game, but the Steamboat Sailors have an opportunity to avenge a loss to Lewis-Palmer Thursday night when they take on the Rangers in the state quarterfinals in Denver. The game, which tips off at 6:50 p.m. at the Pepsi Center, is a rematch from a contest that dates back to a preseason tournament at the University of Wyoming.

Our view: When will CDOT act?

How long must we wait before the Colorado Department of Transportation takes serious steps to slow down and educate drivers on Rabbit Ears Pass? How many more people must die before CDOT installs appropriate signage or reduces the speed limit on the pass, at least in winter?

City, county help with housing

Affordable homes group gets assistance

The city and county grabbed the Regional Affordable Living Foundation's hand Tuesday night as they prepared to leap into the world of affordable housing subsidies. Rob Dick, RALF's executive director, gladly accepted that $250,000 hand, and told the groups they would get their money back when they got to the other side. The city and county moved to go ahead with an approval for the full amount of the subsidy as long as RALF gave them more specifics and city staff could vouch for the viability of the proposal. The two $125,000 subsidies will likely be evaluated separately by the city and county.

Nites Rest/Winona's take championsip

The Steamboat Springs Adult Senior Hockey League crowned Nites Rest/Winona's team tournament champions last Sunday night in the final contest of the season. Nites Rest held off a late run by Backdoor Sports to win the championship title 3-2. David Schaller gave Nites Rest an early lead with a first-period goal. But Backdoor answered when Steve Colby netted an unassisted goal.

Iverson fourth in sprint

Steamboat Springs nordic skier Mark Iverson fought through blowing snow and high winds Monday, to come away with a top-five finish at a Junior Olympics sprint event in Marquette, Mich. Iverson, who trains in Alaska but is a native of Steamboat, competes in the Rocky Mountain Division. He is a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.