News for Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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Airing it out

The Sailors expect to have their hands full as they try to stop Salida's passing attack in game two of the regular season Friday.

Advisory questions stir debate

The City Council's strongest voice for affordable housing reacted angrily to two advisory questions the council decided to place on the ballot Tuesday night, calling them a big setback for working class people in Steamboat Springs.

Hitting the trail

Skiers, hikers, bikers urged to help on new path

Nordic skiers here will have a new trail to glide along this winter all they are being asked to do is invest some labor this Saturday. Dan Smilkstein of the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council said his group will host a volunteer day from 9 a.m. until noon at Howelsen Hill to work on the new intermediate trail into Howelsen Meadows. Volunteers will be asked to remove brush from a short section of the 2.5 kilometer trail and prepare it for seeding.

State insurance program largely ignored

As Colorado students return to the classroom, the state is hopeful parents will include health insurance on their children's back-to-school lists.

Wildlife diorama to be unveiled

A family of mink has been observed for more than a year, probing the rocks along the Yampa River near the Ninth Street footbridge for food.

Alcohol blamed in hotel burglary

A 41-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 60 days in the Routt County Jail for stealing $50 from a local motel in August.

Drunken break-in gets man probation

A 25-year-old man who entered a neighbor's apartment in a drunken stupor was placed on one year of probation and ordered to undergo counseling for alcohol.

Drug charges against 2 locals dropped

Test results from the state's crime laboratory of a substance suspected of being heroin came back negative, prompting local prosecutors to dismiss felony drug charges against two Steamboat Springs residents.

City to step up bear ordinance enforcement

As the season approaches during which bears are most active and potentially most dangerous, the city is stepping up efforts to enforce a new ordinance requiring people who take their garbage out before 5 a.m. to fit their garbage cans with bear-proof locks. Although the city passed the ordinance almost two months ago, many homeowners and business owners have failed to get their cans or dumpsters retro-fitted with the locks, which are provided by Waste Management, said Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord.

Commission sees few volunteers

City Planning Board receives only one applicant

Although the number of candidates for City Council this year bespeaks a high level of civic involvement among local residents, the number of applicants for the Planning Commission may paint a different picture. A month after City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble put out advertisements for new planning commissioners, only one person has stepped up and returned an application. Jordan-Struble said she is now extending the deadline to Sept. 14.

Golf team places No. 1 at home

The Sailors golf team set the tone this week that it hopes to carry through the rest of the season.

Soroco ready for its league opener Friday

Coming off a tournament win, the Soroco girls volleyball team hopes to continue its streak at home against North Park Friday.

Archery season deemed a success

Meat-processing companies see average-plus business

After two weeks worth of hunting, reports from the state's Department of Wildlife are predicting a successful big game archery season. "They seem to be doing really well," Colorado Division of Wildlife District Manager Jim Haskins said. "The last I heard, everybody was seeing elk." Haskins patrols the California Park and Slater Park areas north of Hayden.