News for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

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Road warriors

Sailors football team opens league play with third road trip in four games

The Steamboat Sailors will get their first taste of league action Friday when they meet the winless Glenwood Springs Demons.

Officials praise Mt. Zirkel cleanup efforts

Every spring, the 15-foot snowbanks that have accumulated along the Park Range northeast of Steamboat Springs yield an unwanted harvest of acidic pollution as they melt. But scientists studying the problem say they expect that situation to change for the better and soon.

City Council reduces impact fees

Though they may still be a thorn in many residents' sides, the sting has become a little less painful: Impact fees are going to be reduced.

Valley Elementary reaps low ratings

Low ratings for elementary students in the Hayden School District mean only one thing for school officials the only way is up.

Franks will represent H.S. golf team at state

Jeff Franks proved to be the lone bright spot Tuesday in what turned out to be a disappointing day at regionals for the members of the Steamboat Springs golf team.

Ski project gets jump from state

The Colorado Olympian Project cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in upgrading the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill when Gov. Bill Owens announced the state had awarded the group $50,000 to develop a plan to improve the jumps.

Yampa River Botanic Park vandalized again

Vandals broke into a shed at the Yampa River Botanic Park late Tuesday night and attempted to take a joy ride on the park's golf cart. They didn't get it started and didn't find the keys, but they stole spray paint cans and painted the cart with designs and obscene words. They also tore out the ignition.

Fallen brothers

Retired New York firefighter returns to assist in the aftermath of terror

Kevin Nerney will step back into the life he led for 15 years this morning, but he knows it will never be the same. Nerney will get out of a taxi and rush into the Brooklyn, N.Y., firehouse at 172 Tiller St. Then, he will put on the firefighting gear he wore for so many years the boots, overalls, jacket and helmet of the firefighters of Engine 207.