News for Friday, January 11, 2002

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Heritage Award nominations sought

There are two ways to land a six-point elk in your living room: leave your door open in the spring or win the Steamboat Springs Heritage Award. The second presentation of the heritage award, given to John Fetcher in 2000, will occur at Winter Carnival this year. The winner receives a bronze elk statue created by local artist and rancher Curtis Zabel. The city took a year off from presenting the award last year, but is ready to present it again in 2002. The award, perhaps the most prestigious in Steamboat, is presented to an individual or group that best exemplifies the Steamboat spirit of volunteerism and good will. City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble said it has to do with "upholding the integrity of the community's character."

The cost of communication

State's new digital radio system may be too expensive for local agencies

The future of radio communication for law enforcement and emergency agencies in the state has Routt County officials concerned. The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the midst of putting in infrastructure across the state that would allow law enforcement and emergency agencies to communicate through a digital trunked radio system. The state plans the $45 million project in phases.

Lodging owners expect a crowd

Droves forecasted for Martin Luther King Day weekend

Local lodging properties won't be nearly as busy tonight as they were at this time a year ago. But there are signs that the three-day weekend for Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19-21, will meet or exceed last year's levels. "It's a day-to-day guessing game," Mike Lomas said Friday. "One day we crank reservations, and the next they drop off. We're doing better than I ever thought we would this winter."

Foundation grants awarded

Organizations receive more than $400,000 in 2001

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grant money during October, November and December or 50 percent of its annual awarded grant money. The year 2001 provided the foundation with enough resources to award more than $400,000 among 174 grants. Forty-one grants were awarded in the final three months of the year.