News for Saturday, July 20, 2002



Lwetter: Reader appreciate newspaper

After reading Terry Lyons' letter to the editor in the Steamboat Today, Thursday, I just had to comment.

Part 3: Second-home owners drive housing market

On any given day, the city of Steamboat Springs is only half here.

Letter: String Cheese concert unfairly maligned

Stigma (n.) A distinguishing mark or characteristic.Unfortunately, it's usually only the negative stigmas that are noticed, and in this case, reported in the newspaper.

Letter: Thanks for the help

'd like to express my sincere gratitude to the highway patrol officers, the EMT crew, the emergency room staff and docs and Dr. Van Patten and his surgical team for the exemplary care I received after my bike accident on Sunday morning. Their level of care was only surpassed by their excellent interpersonal skills and sincere demeanor.

Sound Off: Readers share their views

E-mail or call 871-4248

I just wanted to call and say that I appreciate the Pilot & Today's series on affordable housing. This is something that has a big impact on most of us who live here, but mostly all that has happened is lip service. Hopefully, someone that matters is reading the stories and taking note of what the people in the stories are going through.

Condo owners defend new legislation

A series of property tax appeals in Routt County this year provided the impetus for a new piece of state property tax legislation dealing with the way in which resort condominiums are taxed.

Frustrated Franklin to try again on Elkins Meadow

The City Council wants developer Paul Franklin to take his plans for Elkins Meadow back to the drawing board. In the preliminary plat approval for 20 luxury homes, council tabled Franklin's plan and asked him to reduce density, lot size and home size; give the project a more clustered feel; and lower the skyline.

Rains aid in fighting fires

Containment of Hinman jumps to 33 percent

Heavy rains that fell Saturday helped firefighters in their efforts to contain the Hinman fire 23 miles north of Steamboat Springs, as well as the Lost Green Complex fire, which includes the Lost Lakes, Green Creek and Big Fish Lake fires to the southeast of Steamboat.

Desperate for dissolved oxygen

Trout cling to life in tepid water

Every trout in the town section of the Yampa River can be found today in one 75-foot section of stream, jockeying for a little bit of the oxygenated water trickling into the Yampa from Fish Creek.

Big league hopefuls

Means, Kiely dream of life at the top

Perry Means and Jeremiah Kiely dream about baseball. Means isn't always playing. He is OK with just watching from the bleachers or maybe from the owner's box, like the one time his family stumbled upon Marge Schott's tickets for a Cincinnati Reds game when they were vacationing in Kentucky.

Three Steamboat teams advance to finals

Their older counterparts have played more soccer, but the Steamboat Springs Under 10 girls and boys teams proved they have the skills as well, earning trips to today's finals in the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

A family of firefighters

Men and women from all over the U.S. leave lives behind for gratifying work

Angie Carl is running for a county commissioner's seat back home. But campaign stumping will have to wait. Carl is miles from the voters of Allen County, Ind., fighting fires in another county where most people probably wouldn't recognize her name.

The Record for July 20

Letter: Craig supports Triple Crown

The Craig Chamber of Commerce has always welcomed the Triple Crown event, which would not be possible without the support of the city of Steamboat Springs. We truly appreciate the overflow to our area and the benefits it has to our business community.

Letter: Support Advocates

Are you aware of the fact that 41 sexual assault survivors have received services in our community since January of 2002? Are you also aware of the fact that the number of sexual assaults this year has already surpassed the total number of sexual assaults that occurred last year in Routt County? You may be further interested to know that most of our surrounding counties have not seen this increase in sexual assault and that the perpetrators of these Routt County crimes are for the most part local adults and adolescents!

Ski Country's Perlman could help Steamboat

For the second time in 2 years, the marketing consortium for Colorado's ski areas has hired an executive away from Intrawest. Rob Perlman, 32, will become the new president of Colorado Ski Country USA at the end of August. He has been the executive director of sales and marketing at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., for four years.

Our View: Voters facing full plate in November

Residents likely will have a lot to decide in November. Last week, the City Council gave initial approval to placing three taxes on the ballot: A 5 mill property tax to raise about $1.9 million per year for fire safety. A 2.8 mill property tax to raise $1.1 million for operation of the Howelsen Hill complex. And an excise tax that would charge 1 percent of valuation on new development. That tax, if approved, would replace the current impact fee assessed on new development.

Tourney helps raise funds for tennis

Supporting youth tennis is a worthy cause, so finding contributors and participants for the annual Ore House Championships isn't difficult.

Feat diluted by attempts

They come on bikes, they wear tennis shoes and a few even drive lawnmowers.

Fire should not have major impact on insurance

Wildfires throughout Colorado so far this year have prompted more than $80 million in insurance claims, but agents said homeowners should not see a dramatic increase in their insurance bills.