News for Saturday, March 17, 2001

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Exercise your right to take a vacation

Exercise your right to take a vacation A busy Chicago attorney we'll call Robert was proud of himself when he signed up for a weeklong beach-and-golf vacation in Mexico. Then something came up at work and he had to cancel. A few months later, the same thing happened.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefings from March 12-17

LETTERS

Letters from March 11-17

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transactions recorded March 8-15

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner from March 19-23

Brick by brick

Dick MacGregor's house-in-progress is a labor of love that stands without a stick

H e could huff and puff all he wanted, but the big bad wolf would have a difficult time blowing down Dick MacGregor's little brick house. People passing by the unusual structure in the Heritage Park neighborhood off U.S. 40, usually do a double take.

Service clubs add value to community

The events and efforts that shape Steamboat Springs, be it the recent school talent show Stars of Tomorrow or the construction and maintenance of Rotary Park, are often undertaken by Steamboat's service clubs.

The cost of community

Debate over nightly rentals in Steamboat heats up

Barbara Hughes moved to the Hunter's Ridge neighborhood in Steamboat Springs because she felt it was the kind of area that could encourage a feeling of community. Little did she know, five houses on her block were being rented out to vacationers who never stuck around long enough to lend her the lawn mower or come over for a cup of tea.

'No-field' advantage

Girls lacrosse team takes gym training seriously

Junior Lauren Baumann falls heavily into a three-foot snow drift that lines the edge of the high school track here in Steamboat Springs.

Batter up!

Indoor spring training prepares Sailors for diamond season

The repetitive sound of clicking and thuds that echo through the hallways of Steamboat Springs High School after school most afternoons can be mind numbing. That is, unless you love baseball.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

All fired up It's a journey that will take the Olympic Torch through 115 American cities, 46 states and cover more than 13,500 miles. The entire journey will be completed in just 65 days by more than 11,000 torch bearers and should reflect the country's buildup to the Olympic Games.

Grooming and waxing

As Jason Thorpe descended down Mount Werner on Monday, at the end of a powder day, he and his snowboard got a taste of reality.

Losing the ceiling

Realtors: Sky's the limit for second-home resale prices

Realtors in Steamboat Springs are following with great interest the progress of property at both Lake Catamount Ranch and Lake Catamount Homesteads as select parcels come on the market for resales.

Steamboat teen proves she's tough enough

Leslie Perkins credits her success in hockey to her older brothers, who toughened her up for a sport that involves a lot of knocking around.

A new workout curve

An exercise in specialization

Not every woman seeking fitness and weight loss wants to work out in the presence of men. In fact, Bernice Trujillo said, most do not. Trujillo is the manager of the new Curves for Women fitness center, at 1625 Mid-Valley Drive in Steamboat Crossings, and a certified personal trainer.

BIRTHS

The possibilities of the future

Soroco students catch a glimpse of career opportunities

Soroco High School junior Sara Jo Linden is pretty sure she knows what she wants to be when high school is over. "I plan on writing," she said. "I don't know which profession but I love to write and plan on incorporating it into my life somehow."

Shouldering the weight of education

Books, homework may be good for the mind but bad for the back

At 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the hooked walls in School House A and D at Strawberry Park Elementary School were lined with black, pink, purple and blue medium-sized backpacks. As students gathered their belongings to head home for the day, coats, gloves, snowsuits, school papers and binders were stuffed into these oversized satchels.

INSIDE OUT

Foresters offer free fire program The Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct a two-part program to inform locals about being wise about fire danger in the Yampa Valley.

BUSINESS FILE

Heiner named employee of year Vectra Bank Colorado has announced Kristine Heiner was the recipient of the 2000 "employee of the year" award in Steamboat Springs. She was selected based on her commitment to quality customer service.

Country life revisited

Lynx Basin offers homesteads near Stagecoach

Brent Romick is offering an increasingly rare commodity in Routt County small rural estates that provide central water and still manage to preserve the space between neighbors that defines country life.

SIDELINES

Take a run on down to Cortez The Pueblo to Pueblo run in Cortez will offer some local athletes a chance to get a jump on the running season this April.

Steamboat site of J-4 Jr. Olympic events

For more than 20 years the J-4 Junior Olympic Festival has been held in Crested Butte. But not anymore.

Snow halts tennis match

Ready for their biggest challenge of the season, the Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team was turned away from the courts in Loveland Saturday because of snow.

Hunt by numbers

All hail the mighty elk hunters who may have harvested the most elk ever in Colorado. But don't forget to hail the fact that there are a kagillion elk out there, too.

Angie R. Hunt

1913-2001

Anna Mae Williams

1918-2001

Leanore W. Hirshman

1917-2001

Raymond Kenneth Kuhlmann

1937-2001

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Violence at Steamboat schools?

With the recent shooting at the school in Santee, Calif., violence in the schools is on the minds of many. What is the Steamboat Springs School District doing about potential violence here? Superintendent Cyndy Simms answered questions regarding the issue.

Woman killed in accident

A little more than four hours after authorities started to crack down on drunken drivers Friday night, a 46-year-old Craig woman was killed in a one-car accident authorities believe is alcohol related. Sherry Larine Silver died after her red truck went off the side of the road and crashed into a tree at about 10:30 p.m. six miles west of Hayden on U.S. 40.

ASKED & ANSWERED

Getting over the hangover

Feeling like a train just ran you over? Maybe someone punched you in the stomach? How's that coffee going down? Cottonmouth, oh yeah, it's bad. If you're feeling any of these symptoms, it may be because toasting the Irish last night went straight to your head and now you've got a St. Patrick's Day hangover.

Good food, good friends

Community Center offers more than an inexpensive meal

Grace Dubendorf sits among friends Tuesday after eating lunch at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. "Being 77 isn't bad at all," Dubendorf said. Dubendorf was surrounded by friends who, between discussions of the local news, laughed and joked with each other.

CLASS NOTES

Class notes from March 11-17

THE RECORD

AROUND TOWN

William Edward Pluta

1950-2001

ENGAGEMENT

Kakela and Honebein

OUR VIEW: Get to work

The city-county fight over firefighting resources

Every now and then, our local government leaders appear to forget for whom they work. The latest spat between the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County is a perfect example. The tug of war comes down to this: The city has found itself more and more in recent years helping to fight fires outside of its borders. As the largest and best-equipped fire department in the county, Steamboat Springs is relied upon heavily by the other members of the Wildland Fire Council.

Commissioners hope to keep airport afloat

County faces challenge of replenishing dwindling capital reserves

Yampa Valley Regional Airport has grown to become a significant economic engine in Northwest Colorado, but the Routt County commissioners are struggling to see how it can continue to annually transfer $200,000 and up from its general fund to continue operating the airport.