News for Saturday, March 31, 2001



Realtors grabbing up retail space

Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, is arguably the community's hottest retail district. But recently there has been a mini-trend toward new real estate offices and showrooms opening in prime retail country.

Seven simple steps to successful spring fitness

Spring has sprung. It's time for new growth, new beginnings and a renewed commitment to health and wellness. This spring, take a little time to plant some new seeds of thought into your weary brain refreshing reminders of things you can do, starting now, to attain greater strength and energy:


Why is cold cash needed for the ice rink?

The issue of whether the city should spend money not approved by voters on improvements to the Howelsen Ice Arena has captured the attention of not only those who use the facility and have noticed its aging equipment that could fail soon, but also residents who argue that the issue should be taken to the ballot box. We asked George Bennett, a member of the Ice Rink Advisory Committee, to explain why the cash is needed and needed now. Is there a Behind the Headlines issue you want to know more about? Let us know. Call the News Desk at 871-4207.


Helen Demchuck


Hope for a baby

Routt County's adopted daughter Kyjah gets her transplant

It was five months ago when a large jar of money was stolen from the McDonald's in Steamboat Springs. The money was being collected to help save the life of a baby in desperate need of several organ transplants.

Students find little time for slacking

Classes, activities an inoculation against 'Senoritis' at Steamboat Springs High School

Try to keep up with Bryn Weaver during a typical Tuesday in her life, and you will understand why the Steamboat Springs High School senior has the endurance to run a 3.1 mile cross country race.

Water fight could leave consumers soaked

City, Mount Werner and Sanitation District fight hits only residents

When local developer Craig Rathbun applied for a building permit to begin construction on a new office/medical building just next to Alpine Bank in Central Park Plaza, he knew he would have to pay the piper for the toilets and faucets he installed. But when he went to get his permit, expecting to pay the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District about $8,800 for his sewer tap fees, he learned there would be two pipers to pay and that the total cost would be closer to $11,200.

Ski mishap leaves Olympic medalist in coma

Former U.S. Ski Team Member Craig Thrasher knows firsthand the thrill of speeding down a mountain at break-neck speeds. He also realizes the danger.

A healthy development

Medical office building changes options, fills up

Local dentist Ted Schrock and business partner Mark Helm, an opthalmologist, never pictured themselves as developers. But they're preparing to move into new offices in a building close to Fish Creek, which they built with their general contractor and third partner, Amaron-Folkestad.

Company rocked by finacial woes

Anaylists say American Skiing should pray for snow next winter and the year after that

Another snowstorm was pounding New England on Friday, with 20 inches of fresh snow on the ground in Vermont, where the American Skiing Co. operates the Killington ski area. Abundant snowfall at its resorts in New England, Colorado (including Steamboat), Utah and California may be all that stands between American Skiing and fiscal doom, according to at least one investment analyst that follows the company.


Too many balls in the air? I can still remember the first time I walked into a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store when I was in junior high school. The store boasted 31 glorious flavors and in my mind I could taste all of them before I even walked through the doors. By the time I stepped to the front of line to peer through the frosty Plexiglas that shielded all those flavors, I was drooling with anticipation.

At the top of the bottom

Ten years ago, Steamboat resident Frank Williams was pressing glass on a powder day at the bottom of the Silver Bullet Gondola. While in line, he met Australian Graham Goldin, and the two struck up a friendship that is still in place.

Meteor man

Locals go into space-rock business

Bill Peck didn't really start his business in order to make a pile of money, but he's found a little immortality along the way. And from Peck's perspective, there's more to being in business than the bottom line.


Catamount chief resigns position Lake Catamount Resort and Club is looking for a new top executive now that President and General Manager Mike Beckley resigned.

Land bid reaffirms developer's plans

Ken Gold said he felt reassured that his plans for the Antlers at Christie Base project were on the mark when the Gerald Hines Group made a sincere bid to purchase the undeveloped land.

Chills, spills and thrills

As fans began packing into Howelsen Ice Arena for the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival Saturday night, two individuals were already comfortably seated in the VIP section eagerly anticipating the upcoming games.

Sailors smash Panthers

Girls tennis team victorious at Steamboat Tennis Center

For the second week in a row, the Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team swept its opponent off the court after defeating Delta, 7-0, at home Saturday.

Like a wolf

Ahhh! That's usually the feeling I get when this time of the year comes around. Ahhh!


State parks prep for summer visits With summer right around the corner, Colorado State Parks are opening up camping reservations on more than 40 parks in the state.

Angel Marie Muhme


Alice Ekstrom



Local briefs for March 26-March 31


And the award goes to ... The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's year-ending awards ceremony will take place April 16 at Steamboat Springs High School. The event will begin with a punch and cookies reception at 6 p.m. The presentation of the awards will begin at 6:30 p.m.



Although North America loses an extra hour of sleep today due to daylight savings, many people will utilize that extra hour of daylight doing what they've itched to do all winter long enjoy the evening in the daylight.

Beatrice Compagno


The Girl Scouts

They're more than just Good Cookies

Cookies. It's the common association that many make when the Girl Scouts come to mind. But for the 296 girls who are in a troop in Routt County, being a Girl Scout is much more than cookies. It's also much more than camping, much more than hiking and much more than earning merit badges.

The rise and fall and rise of south Routt

Residents say population numbers hang on places to work and places to live

Preliminary census numbers show populations in Oak Creek and Yampa steadily increasing from the 1990 numbers, but both towns' populations still aren't as high as census numbers reported in 1980.



Weekly planner for April 3-7


Education briefs for March 26-31


Compromising circumstances

It's been a source of conflict since someone got the idea to attach a motor to skis. And with the companies cranking out faster and sleeker models of snowmobiles that consumers seem to eat up the battle between skiers who seek the pristine, quiet backcountry and snowmobilers who want to plow through the powder to seemingly unchartered territory is not going to let up anytime soon. Or is it?


Birth announcements for March 26-31




Real estate transactions for March 22-28


Letters for March 26-31