News for Wednesday, March 21, 2001

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Police investigate unattended death

No appearance of foul play

Police are investigating an unattended death of a 40-year-old man found in a home on Apres Ski Way Wednesday morning. Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing could not give out much information regarding the man's death.

Businesses question city

Traffic study outlines vehicle, pedestrian patterns

The results of a controversial traffic test at Mount Werner Circle conducted by a consultant for the city were important enough for the Mountain Business Association to hire its own consultant to check up on the economic impacts of the results the city got. The traffic test around Mount Werner Circle continued throughout the winter and was monitored by consultants PBS&J over three high-activity weekends: New Year's weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and President's Day weekend.

Former Steamboat favorites make freestyle mark

The freestyle skiing season came to a close last week in Waterville Valley, N.H., but not before a couple of mogul skiers with roots in Steamboat Springs made some noise. Ryan Riley, who trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for several years before moving up to the U.S. Ski Team and graduated from Lowell Whiteman High School, won the men's singles event which was held in New Hampshire on March 16.

Area ag group keeps busy

Members lobby Washington for Fed Farm Bill

The Community Agriculture Alliance, Inc. looks to reap the benefits from a recent trip to Washington D.C., where members of the organization participated in recommendations to the reauthorization the Federal Farm Bill. The Ag Alliance, which is a local organization recently formed to support agriculture in the Yampa Valley, was one of 15 similar groups invited to Washington D.C. by the Wallace Center of Agricultural and Environmental Policy to work on recommendations to the U.S. Congress.

Fire district gets support

Advisory board recommends money for station, truck

A state advisory board gave unanimous support to the North Routt Fire Protection District and Oak Creek's middle school for huge chunks of grant money. Both projects were praised by members of the state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant Advisory Committee, of which local County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is a member.

Ski jumper gets 'trucking'

Despite experiencing some sleep deprivation, defending U.S. ski jump champion Brendan Doran hit the hills Wednesday morning with a lot of energy. "It's starting to hit me now," said Doran, who caught only a few winks prior to arriving in Park City, Utah, for the U.S. Chevy Truck Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships.

Runners dash to marathon

June 3 events draw more than 1,000

If you're still considering registering for the 20th Annual Steamboat Marathon, you'll have to do the first 20 miles on your own. While the 26-mile race has already been booked full, there is unlimited space for those still wishing to compete in the 6.2 mile race.

Man guilty of false imprisonment charge

A Texas man on vacation this past December came away from Steamboat Springs with a criminal record, having to pay more than $1,000 in fines and court costs and a 10-day jail sentence. Zachary Louis Warren of Carrollton, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of three counts of false imprisonment, theft, false reporting and driving under the influence in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom.

School board seeks to fill vacancy

Tonight's meeting will include collective bargaining discussions

While the Steamboat Springs School Board patiently waits for interested citizens to present applications to fill Matt Hermes' position as treasurer of the school board, business will continue as usual. "As soon as we feel we have some letters of interest, we'll go ahead and interview the applicants," said Dan Birch, president of the school board.