News for Saturday, May 12, 2001

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Empty hotel beds abound in May

Lack of construction seen as slow down

The skiers have all gone home to weed their tulip beds and play golf, leaving Steamboat's resort condominiums empty until June. But the motels on U.S. 40/Lincoln Avenue are still hustling for business.

Soccer moms offer support, advice

It takes more than a broken right ankle for Jean Wernig to miss her daughters' soccer game. Jean, whose daughters Jill and Julie play for the Steamboat Sailors, has made it to every game on crutches.

THE RECORD

The record for May 5-11

Bear with it

Yesterday was the last day of what Gov. Bill Owens declared "Colorado Bear Awareness Week." So why all the attention on bears?

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for May 7-12

High-dollar homes hitting market

The Sanctuary subdivision offers taste of luxury

Sixty new luxury home lots are about to come on the market in Steamboat springs and none of them is priced less than $400,000.

Looking ahead

Author to discuss the link between tourism and the local economy

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is preparing to take an unblinking look at the impact tourism has on the community, then pose the rhetorical question, "Where do we go from here?"

ENGAGEMENT

Lippold and Coddington

AROUND TOWN

Around town for May 7-13

'Perfect package of love'

Spending Mother's Day with new mothers

Though Amy Dickson was having a conversation while sitting on a couch in her large office at Planned Parenthood Wednesday, the majority of her attention was being paid to someone who doesn't even talk yet.

Students study the great debate

When science and religion clash in the classroom

Whether the origin of life was created by a natural chemical reaction, God or a divine energy of souls, evolutionary scientists are discovering that creationism and evolution do not have to butt heads any longer. At the start of Charlie Leech's evolution unit, the Steamboat Springs High School biology teacher gave students options to explore one of evolution's hot topics the origin of life.

Last chance

While driving up Rabbit Ears Pass to the Hogan Park Trail, you can see most of the terrain is south-facing and no significant amount of snow is visible from the road as you climb up the route. It's May and it's 70 degrees and balmy in the valley. Well, maybe not balmy.

INSIDE OUT

Danger of rabies constant in wildlife The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding people to be aware of rabies being spread by wildlife. Rabies can be present in a variety of wildlife species.

Learn to love and lower your blood pressure

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Don't expect a parade down your main street, but do consider, for a moment, your own blood pressure, those two numbers that are a general indicator of how healthy your heart is.

Shopping for tenants

Elk River Crossing owner optimistic about filling center

Byron Chrisman is optimistic that there will be a great deal of new commercial activity on the corner of U.S. 40 and Elk River Road south on Steamboat's west side in coming months.

BUSINESS FILE

Broker earns high Realtor designation Colorado Group Realty announces that Broker Associate Kelli Pal recently received the GRI designation (Graduate, REALTOR Institute) from the Colorado Association of Realtors.

SIDELINES

Sports group gives donation to SSHS Triple Crown Sports recently donated $1,000 in baseball equipment to the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Fare thee well I still remember the stiff, cool spring wind that ripped across the blue track at the Air Force Academy a couple of years ago.

Facing the Challenge

The first race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series is just more than two weeks away, but many local cyclists are already pumped to get going.

River rodeo sponsors ready

The 21st annual Yampa River Festival will be preceded by a pro-caliber open class whitewater rodeo known as the Fat City Showdown on June 5.

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for May 14-18

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for May 7-13

OUR VIEW

CSAPping our talents

This week we learned that Steamboat Springs third-graders are above state par when it comes to reading. The Colorado Student Assessment Program, mandated for third grade by the state in 1998, tests students on a variety of reading material and their comprehension of that material, which includes letters, poetry, text and stories. The test requires answers in multiple choice format as well as short and long responses.

WILLIAM JAMES MILLS

1945-2001

BIRTHS

Births for May 7-12

ASKED & ANSWERED

Getting out of the mud

Mud season can get pretty dreary. All of your favorite restaurants are closed. The sky will give us sunshine, rain, hail and snow all in one day. And few people have decided to weather the season so the area almost seems deserted. Fear not! We have asked mud season veterans how they've gotten unstuck and ready for a fabulous summer.

Planned Parenthood to open office

Clients will be able to get services at the community center

Thanks to a state grant, Planned Parenthood will begin holding office hours in Oak Creek two days out of the week.

Police chief candidate receives offer

David LaRose, of Akron, Colo., has been offered the job of Oak Creek Chief of Police and says he is interested in the position.

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transactions for May 3-9

JOSEPHINE GONZALES

1937-2001

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Putting the CSAP to the test

The Colorado Student Assessment Program, like similar test programs throughout the country, has drawn criticisms from residents who aren't sure that the exams don't encourage teachers to narrow the focus of their curriculum to the material on the CSAP. We asked Judy Harris, director of contest standards for the Steamboat Springs School District, for her take on the mandated evaluations of students and schools

Lawsuit settlement in the works

The general contractor that built the Steamboat Grand Hotel has filed suit in district court here seeking to have a $5.4 million lien against the hotel owners foreclosed on, and further requesting that the court appoint a receiver to take possession of the property.

City planners say developers should build more sidewalks

Property owners looking to develop or redevelop often object to city requests that they build sidewalks and trails when those paths may not connect to anything. If the sidewalk dead ends at the end of their property line, perhaps leading pedestrians into traffic, to what useful end is the sidewalk?

KEYARA ROSE KING

INFANT

Shelf Determination

Book lovers check out Toponas Public Library

Tucked away in the mountains of Northwest Colorado lies one of the smallest public library buildings you may never see. Only a plain wooden sign at the end of a lonely driveway indicates the library exists. In the winter, neighbors in the desolate rural area can be seen riding their snowmobiles to the ranch where the library sits.

LETTERS

Letters for May 7-12