News for Wednesday, March 14, 2001

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Skier psyched for downhill

Lindsay Lockhart headed to nationals

You could hear the energy in Lindsay Lockhart's voice as she talked by phone from her Dartmouth College dorm room on Wednesday. The college freshman qualified to attend skiing's big dance, at least at the national level, by winning the combined at last weekend's Eastern Junior Olympic Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine. It was the last time the 19-year-old could ski in a Junior Olympic event. Since Lockhart skis with the Dartmouth College team, she skied this year in the Eastern Championships.

Iverson bags four medals at JOs

Three local skiers race well at championships

As Mark Iverson walked away from the Suntrac Nordic Ski Center in Ishpeming, Mich., Saturday, the clinking of the four medals that hung around his neck spoke for itself. Iverson, an 18-year-old cross-country skier from Steamboat Springs, received four medals in as many events last week during the Junior Olympics. He competed in three individual races and a team relay in the older juniors class for the Rocky Mountain Division.

Betting a big part of 'Big Dance'

Office pools abound

For those thinking about betting on the heavy underdog Monmouth Hawks to upset the Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament today, the school's head coach has a few words of advice.

Slick roads send cars sliding

The storm that broke the spring-like calm of the last few weeks also broke a few fenders and narrowly missed breaking the bones of a man who was in a rental car that was driven into a ditch. Clark Bridgman, a 47-year-old man from Boca Raton, Fla., drove his rented Nissan Pathfinder with four passengers into a ditch on County Road 129 and the car was subsequently hit by another driver who slid off the road into it.

Man plans to fight charge of truck theft

A 24-year-old man who allegedly participated in the theft of a truck in December plans to plead not guilty to a felony charge

Gravel pit will be on the spot

The Routt County Planning Commission will discuss the existing special use permit of the Hogue Gravel Pit, owned by Duckels Construction Inc., in a public meeting tonight.

Fire fight not cooling

City, county still don't see eye to eye

The feud between the city and county over wildland fire suppression will continue to burn, as far as city officials are concerned. After thoroughly digesting the implications of the Wildland Fire Council's recommendations, the county decided this week to deny the council its requests for new firefighting equipment and personnel.

Big jet misses airport, ends up stuck

The 117 passengers on TWA Flight 641 from St. Louis applauded loudly when the plane landed in the Yampa Valley at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. That was before they discovered where they were. The MD 80 jet had landed at the general aviation airport in Craig instead of at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 20 miles to the east. According to passengers on the plane, who hailed from all over the southeastern U.S., the plane roared down the runway and never fully came to a stop before attempting to turn onto a taxiway. At that point, the plane slid off the pavement and the landing gear became stuck in the mud. No one was injured in the incident.

Program starts early controversy

The pros and cons of 'Late Start'

School administrators and parents voiced their opinions at a community forum last night about Late Start, a proposal that the Steamboat Springs School District plans to implement for the 2001 school year. Many administrators brought to the roundtable discussion the topic of quality time versus quantity time spent in the classroom. Teachers are not given the appropriate time to spend collaborating on lesson plans and integrative teaching methods to accommodate each child's needs, administrators said.

Locals fly high at aerials

Maryann Skraba returned from Big Mountain, Mont., on Monday as the top girl upright aerial skier in the nation. Skraba earned the crown at last week's Junior Olympic Championships, which were held in Big Mountain March 5-12. Since there isn't an upright competition this week at the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships , the top junior in the country retains the title. Those national championships, which include moguls, inverted aerials and dual moguls, will take place March 16-18 in Waterville Valley, N.H