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Letters for Oct. 21, 2001

The Pits

Routt County gravel selling an average of 780,000 tons per year

There is a huge hole in the ground in the south gravel pit of Lafarge Corp., just south of Steamboat on Colorado 131, that wasn't expected to be there so quickly, and it has sparked some turmoil in the valley. In 1992, pit operators estimated it had reserves to last 20 to 30 years, with annual sales being less than 100,000 tons. Now, nine years later, the pit is nearly tapped out the company selling more than 350,000 tons in 2000. Where did it go?

THE RECORD

The record for Oct. 13-19

UNDER THE SUN

Buckling down for the winter

For those who haven't accepted reality, summer is over, fall conditions are fleeting, and though you may be praying for an Indian summer, it's time to acclimate to the cold weather.

Forties-era hospital finds new life

Craig Rathbun believes the time is right to develop a suite of executive offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for Oct. 22-27

Seventh-graders bring history alive

Carpenter Ranch serves as appropriate backdrop for play

The creativity of a few dozen middle school students on Friday transformed an old barn into a fitting backdrop for tales of pioneers in northwest Colorado at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

Yampa Valley Beef corralled

An innovative program meant to bring greater profits to local beef producers will take an extended time out this winter. But proponents say they don't believe Yampa Valley Beef is headed for the last roundup.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

An airport or an albatross?

Former City Council President William Martin recently said the city should consider other uses at the site that is now home to the Steamboat Springs Airport. Calling the facility an "albatross" and a money pit, Martin suggests an events center could be housed at the current unused terminal and vintage car racing could be brought back to the area. We asked Martin to elaborate more on the facility and its possible future.

Uncertain economy puts job fair on hold

Local businesses that depend on tourism aren't as eager to hire for the coming ski season as they were a year ago.

ROBERT JOSEPH PETERS

1925-2001

Bug Off

On the Steamboat Springs ski mountain and in campgrounds off Seedhouse Road, up Buffalo Pass and in the Rabbit Ears vicinity, U.S. Forest Service crews are pioneering the fine art of bark peeling.

BUSINESS FILE

Ski resort selects Internet provider SpringSips has been selected as the Internet Service Provider for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. This new service will provide their corporate network with high-speed access to the internet.

INSIDE OUT

Hunting, fishing licenses now just a click away DENVER Buying a hunting or fishing license will soon be as easy as sending an e-mail thanks to a new electronic licensing system being introduced by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, set to be fully operational by the end of 2002.

JAMES MADISON PEERSON JR.

1931-2001

VIRGINIA E. FUNK LAUGHLIN

1914-2001

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Incredible journey

All too often in sports, the idea of just making it isn't good enough.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefing for Oct. 21, 2001

Local air service tax plan hits turbulence

Candidates disagree on necessity of proposal

The only time City Council members will vote on Referendum 2A, a proposal to increase city sales taxes to fund transportation issues, is when they step into the voting booth themselves on Nov. 6. Just the same, voters who want to know how candidates stand on the issue will have a clear choice in three out of four council races this fall.

Look to the sky

Kids' kites used to spread Advocates message Thursday

Colorful kites will brighten the skies over a small stretch of Lincoln Avenue on Thursday evening. The kites, decorated by preschoolers in Steamboat Springs, will fly as a reminder that domestic violence leaves no one untouched.

BIRTHS

Wedding

Hachten and Monger

ASKED AND ANSWERED

T-L-C for your car

Along with readying your body, your house and your life for winter weather, don't forget about your car. That machine that drives you to and from work everyday or to the grocery store can get beat up during freezing temperatures. Make sure to give it extra tender loving care before winter comes, so you and it are prepared.

IN BRIEF

In brief for Oct. 21, 2001

Our View

Keeping 'em coming

Fly them in and they will spend. The spin on the "Field of Dreams" mantra is the basic logic behind the 3-2-1 tax proposal that aims at making sure visitors can find a flight into Yampa Valley Regional Airport and, thus, their way into Steamboat Springs businesses.

ENERGY EXPRESS

Homeland security begins at home

How can I say this without adding to the fear? These are dangerous times, and not just because terrorism will probably strike again. All of us now know in a new way that evil exists and that we cannot fully protect ourselves from it.

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for Oct. 21, 2001

Halloween

No costume, no problem For the scariest night of the year, help is right around the corner

If people still are spooked about a Halloween costume idea this year, just take a look around. Resources in Steamboat Springs offer the scariest, freakiest and most lovable costumes for Halloween. With Halloween only less than two weeks away, people are beginning to scramble for the perfect Halloween costume for either trick-or-treating or festive parties.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Coaches praise Bell's leadership

Steamboat Springs senior Todd Bell is focused on helping his team make a state title run in soccer this year, but sportsmanship is never far from his mind.

Marias hits 1,000 yards for the season

For the Rifle players and coaches watching Saturday's game between Steamboat Springs and Montezuma-Cortez on the Rifle High School field, one question remained unanswered which Sailors' team can the Bears expect when they meet Steamboat for the league title on Friday?

AROUND TOWN

Around town for Oct. 21, 2001

Colleges awash in enrollment flood

Students will have to make tough decisions sooner

Increasing college enrollment and a weakening economy could leave high school seniors with more questions this year than those they'll have to answer on college entrance exams.

Kalmeyer finishes 100-mile runs

As local runner Betsy Kalmeyer made the long, grueling climb up Hope Pass at this year's Leadville 100, she was approaching one of the highest points in all of Colorado but it may have been the lowest point along her journey to complete four 100-mile races in a single year.

Steamboat, Glenwood share top spots

Demons downfall for Sailors volleyball team

Steamboat battled for every point Saturday night as it fought to hold onto its status as the lone champion of the Western Slope League. But Glenwood Springs kept pounding back to come away with the win and a share of the Western Slope title.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Oct. 11-17