News for Thursday, July 18, 2002



Helping one of our own

Auction Sunday will benefit woman living with cancer

After being diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer last fall, Linda Jespersen said she felt shocked and scared but then decided to focus her thoughts and energies on all of the living she had to do.

A Family Album

Lucy Temple's bathrobe made from brightly colored ties and sewn together by a neighbor; her husband Shorty's rusted, swinging spurs once used on his dude ranch; and her son Jim's red scrapbook holding the first brochure of Storm Mountain with illustrated ski runs that were then no more than dreams

Get the jump on hoppers before they jump on you

Hoppers got the jump on many gardeners this year.

Firefighters get handle on blaze

Southern end is nearly secure; 1,310 acres burnt

Fresh crews began making progress on the northern end of the Hinman fire Thursday as firefighters stationed along the opposite end of the blaze secured it from spreading farther south. Rocky, steep heights have so far helped to keep the fire's northern boundary in check. Bulldozers moved into the area Wednesday to construct containment lines, followed the next day by two 20-person hand crews.

Forest Service plan allows Lost Lakes fire to burn

Letting blaze take its course in predetermined area promotes the health of the forest

In a side room of the U.S. Forest Service office in Steamboat Springs, people are hunched over laptops studying maps, sitting at tables examining maps and scanning maps on the walls. This is command central for a team of eight Forest Service officials given the task of managing the Lost Lakes fire.

Vectra's Neas retires after 54 years

Irlan Neas has given many people the chance to make Steamboat Springs their home during his 54 years of work in the banking industry.

Lodging at 85 percent; many expected in town

A crew from a helicopter service helping to fight one of three area forest fires found there was no room at the inn Thursday morning.


Snubbed by James Brown? Maybe

The dust has largely settled from the String Cheese shows over the Fourth of July. Much has been said about the concerts and its fans in Sound Off, in the Reader Forum at the Pilot & Today Web site and over the phone to reporters. Most of the latter can't be printed.

All the way to State

Two local little league teams advance to finals

It wasn't the driving shot 11-year-old Alex Wood was hoping for when he came to the plate, but he didn't complain when the shallow pop fly found the dirt just past first base.

X-C skiers will slide under road

Developer spends $300,000 to accommodate trail

Cross country skiers at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center will be going underground next winter if only for a few moments at a time.

Oak Creek's police woes

Interim chief can't get certification; another officer fired

Oak Creek is down one more police officer after Interim Police Chief Jason Lunnen failed the Colorado certification test for the third and final time.

Team travels to Tournament in style

As a part-time chauffer for Wild West Luxury Limos out of Denver, Kirk Lewis gets a rowdy bachelor party in his stretch Navigator limo every once in a while.

Strings presents chamber music concert

Intimate event one of many performances coming up

Listening to the world's best musicians in a beautiful setting throughout the summer is easy to come by in Steamboat Springs. Next week will be no exception, when Strings in the Mountains presents an extraordinary concert every day of the week.