News for Tuesday, March 20, 2001

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Cross-country skiers find some first places

Six local skiers cruised to No. 1 finishes in the nordic combined cross-country races at the Western Regional Championships in Steamboat Springs over the weekend. United States Ski Team member Todd Lodwick placed first in a 7.5 kilometer race in the men's senior class, finishing in 18:03.0. Lodwick was followed by fellow local U.S. skiers John Spillane, Matt Dayton and Bill DeMong. Local skier Matt Cook was the No. 5 finisher in the men's senior class.

Drawing water

South Shore infrastructure to be studied

Officials at the water district in Stagecoach have taken a step towards expanding its water infrastructure by contracting an engineer to do a study in the South Shore subdivision. Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District Manager Steve Colby said the district's board of commissioners agreed to pay $2,500 to Civil Design Consultants, Inc. to determine the alternatives and the cost of expanding water and sewer lines to South Shore subdivision.

BMW, ski corp. offer test drives

Shifting gears to a new image

Who wouldn't want to borrow a new BMW sport utility vehicle to impress a dinner date? It's easy to do in Steamboat Springs this winter, but you might have to wait until next weekend. BMW's fleet of three loaner cars in Steamboat is spoken for this Thursday through Sunday as the Bavarian car maker brings 115 members of its owners appreciation club to town for a long ski weekend. Included in the group are people who have owned as many as six BMWs, and 25 others who won free trips to Steamboat in a special promotion.

EMS reponse policy reviewed

Beating police to the scene of a crime

Ambulance workers in Routt County may be a little over eager in their jobs, according to the sheriff's department. Undersheriff Dan Taylor complained to the Routt County Communications Advisory Board last week that EMS workers were sometimes beating police and deputies to crime scenes and putting lives in danger.

Death penalty declined

Alleged murderer of Lori Bases could face life imprisonment

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office will not be seeking the death penalty against Thomas Lee Johnson, who allegedly killed Lori Bases last May. During a motion's hearing on Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James made 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson aware of the decision.

Soccer team has 'excellent' start of season

Coming off an early season tournament win, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team travels southeast again Friday for another non-conference game that takes place in Boulder. The Sailors competed in a tourney in Littleton over the weekend and won two of three games, including a 4-0 victory over Grand Junction Central.

Commission sets airport parking fees

The Routt County Commission has formally approved the parking prices for the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, but some people are still not paying and are getting away with it. An annual parking permit has been set at $480/year or about $1.33/day as recommended by the airport's advisory board.

A trip of a lifetime

Local students return from trip to Nicaragua

The Steamboat Springs students who went to Nicaragua to help build potable water systems and indoor stoves are eager to show the public what it was like. "I want the public to come to the slide show and hopefully learn that this is how most of the world lives and we need to look at them and help them," said Jennifer Cantway, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School.

City headed for impact fees

With census figures showing a growth rate of more than 46 percent in the city of Steamboat Springs between 1990 and 2000, the City Council decided Tuesday night that it's time to make new development pay for itself in terms of the city's capital needs. Council pushed city staff to bring back an ordinance to institute impact fees in the city.

Tough Decisions

Public policy is a difficult business. One of the toughest, we would argue. In fact, we can think of only one other occupation that draws more criticism than deciding how other people should live, and that's telling them about it. Public leaders often find themselves in difficult spots. But that's the trade-off: The power to make decisions paid for by the criticism for making them.

Championships await 'boarders

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will be well represented at this year's national snowboarding championships, which will be held in California and Maine starting this week. Twenty-five local boarders took off last Saturday for the USASA Nationals which will be held in Mammoth, Calif., March 19-25.

Ski jumpers hold top spots

Even in warm weather, the local ski jumpers who competed in the Western Regional Championships this past weekend landed in a number of top spots. "I thought we struggled with the weather because of the spring-like conditions," said Todd Wilson, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club nordic director.

Baseball season all wet

Mother Nature leads Sailors two games to none

Sailors baseball coach Joss Vinson is encouraging his players to keep their heads held high this week as the team prepares to play in the Rangely Tournament. The team has been hammered lately, not by opposing teams, but by Mother Nature.