News for Wednesday, March 7, 2001

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Sailor spirit

Ryan Kiely tossed a tattered white blanket over his shoulder and ran to center court to join his teammates after he was introduced at a high school pep rally Wednesday. The blanket, which is covered with super-heroes from the 1980s cartoon show "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," was made for Ryan by his grandmother, Arlene Kiely, while he was in grade school.

School travel meeting set for today

Soda Creek Elementary will try to find relief from the mayhem of buses, vehicles and pedestrians at a travel improvement meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the school library today. Rick Denney, the facilities director who organized the meeting, said there is concern about traffic around Soda Creek, which occurs most heavily in the morning when parents and buses are dropping off students, and around 3 p.m. when those children are being picked up.

American Skiing sees $10 million + loss

Corporation throws 'horsepower' behind Grand

Top executives of the American Skiing Company said Wednesday they are focusing intently on sales of quartershares at the Steamboat Grand Hotel as the 2001 ski season enters its final weeks. However, they say despite an encouraging sales report at the hotel for the last four to five weeks, they don't expect to sell it out for at least another 18 to 24 months. That means the Grand would not be sold out at the end of ski season 2002.

City planners hear retail request

After waiting for almost a year since his initial pre-application conference, Rod Schrage of Ski Haus will get his application for a new retail building heard tonight by Planning Commission. Schrage hopes to move Ski Haus across Pine Grove Road to the opposite corner of Pine Grove and U.S. 40, approximately doubling the size of the store in the process.

Gas company seeks rate hike

State commission to meet in Steamboat

With the prospect of yet another increase in gas prices for customers of Greeley Gas, the Public Utilities Commission will come to Steamboat Springs tonight to gauge the public's reaction to the proposal by the gas company. Greeley Gas, which serves about 90,000 customers in Colorado, wants to increase its rates by $4.28 million annually.

Alaskans mining Jr. Olympic gold

Steamboat Springs cross country skier Mark Iverson raced to a seventh-place finish in Wednesday's 15-kilometer freestyle race to record his second-top 10 of the week at the Junior Olympic events in Ishpeming, Mich. Ben Crawford led a one-two-three finish for Alaska by completing the course in a time of 40 minutes, 8.4 seconds. He was followed by teammates Charlie Renfro in second at 40:08.8 and Nate Green in third at 40:24.2.

Commission updated on park

State officials looking forward to summer

After problems with its septic system and an electrical system, the new Yampa River State Park is nearly 100 percent and officials are looking forward to a good summer. Yampa River State Park Manager Dennis Scheiwe told Routt County commissioners Tuesday that both the electrical system in the campground and septic system, which were recognized to need repairs last summer, are up and running.

Sheriff's investigator leaving force

Heading home

After 15 years with the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Gary Sigman is leaving his post to return closer to family. Sigman, 49, will work his last day for the sheriff's office March 22. He is planning on relocating to his hometown, Spokane, Wash.

School banks on inclusion

Readiness, respect part of Steamboat's plan

Until Monday, Santee, Calif., was a place that many residents thought was immune to school violence. A lot like Steamboat Springs. But Santee's assumption was shattered by the sound of gunfire when a 15-year-old boy allegedly opened fire in Santana High School, killing two people and injuring 13 others.