News for Saturday, July 27, 2002

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Adapting to life a world away

Oak Creek man finds cultural differences as Peace Corps volunteer

When Peter "Mike" Yurich hears people grumbling about water restrictions, he has to laugh. In Armenia, where he was living two weeks ago, there also was a water crisis. As a result, his apartment received water for one hour every other day.

County treasurer guards $31.5 million portfolio

If the financial markets have the typical investor's stomach tied in knots, consider Jeanne Whiddon's situation she's charged with managing a $31.5 million portfolio.

Local investors learn to ride the market

Sherm Poppen wasn't impressed with the stock market's rally Wednesday afternoon. "It was a dead cat bounce," he said dismissively of the 500-point jump in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Towns face housing crunch

Hayden, Oak Creek feel pressure from Steamboat commuters

For Brian and Christel Houston, a 25-minute commute from Hayden is not a big deal. In Southern California, they knew people who commuted more than an hour and a half to work each way. For the past 10 years, the Houstons have rented a four-bedroom home in Steamboat Springs. When the youngest of their four children reached kindergarten age, the family began looking for a home to buy. They knew Steamboat, where the median price of homes sold this year is $395,500, was out of the question.

Hunting forecast

Difficult to predict what impact CWD will have on season, area economy

The last two big-game hunting seasons have been rugged for local businesses that depend on the orange army for a significant portion of their annual receipts.

OUR VIEW

A real choice

In a few weeks, Routt County will spend between $15,000 and $20,000 on primary elections that will accomplish nothing.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Thanks, South Routt I am writing this letter to express my appreciation for the whole South Routt community. Some of you deserve many thanks for allowing me to learn and grow as a person and teacher within your town.

Hispanic population continues to grow

Editor's note: The following is the first story in a six-part series examining the impact of a growing Spanish-speaking community in Moffat County. It will look at social ramifications from those on both sides of the issue.

Snowden

Congratulations to Leonard and Martha Snowden on their Golden Anniversary. Friends and family are invited to celebrate their Golden Anniversary at a reception given by family and friends starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Soroco Elementary in Yampa.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What does the future hold for ASC?

American Skiing Co. representatives talk about capital improvements made to the ski area. President Chris Diamond, Senior Vice President Bob Kuusinen and Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth weigh in with their views on the upcoming season.

Triple Crown teams look to finals

The players on the Inland Valley Stealth are pretty close they've been together for five years. They are also pretty superstitious, so when the coin is tossed and they win the flip, they always choose to be the home team, right? Wrong. "We want to be the visitors so we can get out and get some runs," Jimmy Lambert said.

Part 4: Towns face housing crunch

Hayden, Oak Creek feel pressure from Steamboat commuters

For Brian and Christel Houston, a 25-minute commute from Hayden is not a big deal. In Southern California, they knew people who commuted more than an hour and a half to work each way. For the past 10 years, the Houstons have rented a four-bedroom home in Steamboat Springs. When the youngest of their four children reached kindergarten age, the family began looking for a home to buy. They knew Steamboat, where the median price of homes sold this year is $395,500, was out of the question.

Getting ready for the fair

Raising award-winning livestock a full-time job for local kids in 4-H

If you meet enough 4-H steers, there is one thing you learn about naming these one-ton gentle giants: colors are important. The names can be as simple as Blackie and Red. Some add twists, like Black Jack and Redhead. But invariably, the color of the animal is included.

The view from above

Mount Werner hiking trails will take you to new heights

Veteran local hikers might be prone to overlook the trails and slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area when casting about for their next trailhead. But any weekend when work or social engagements preclude driving an hour each way to get to a wilderness hike, Mount Werner is a great option.

OBIT: GUIRE

Corwin Lyle Guire was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Steamboat Springs to Ralph Fredrick Guire and Mavis Irene Young Guire. He attended school at Steamboat Springs High School and was active in wrestling, football and FFA.

OBIT: WHITECOTTON

Marilyn Whitecotton, a longtime resident of Routt County, died July 3, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 77.

OBIT: WORTHINGTON

John L. Worthington died of a heart attack July 16, 2002, at his ranch in Carr. Services were held July 19, 2002, in the Harmony Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Kunter officiating.

Buntain

Bob and June Buntain were married June 27, 1942, in the Forked River New Jersey Presbyterian Church in Army dress uniform, prior to being shipped overseas with General Patton's 4th Armored Division in World War II.

BIRTHS

Alexander Lee Spiegel, son of Sharon and Benjamin Spiegel of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:25 p.m. July 2, 2002.

TOWN TALK: Hayden

July Birthdays were celebrated July 20 at The Haven. Those honored are as follows: Connie Robinson, Susy Jarrell, Melvin Richardson and Lucillo Bartlett.

The Record for July 28

12:03 a.m. A missing person was reported on Overlook Drive.

New Hayden coaches ready for season

The stands were empty. The field wasn't lined, and the uniforms were cut-off shirts and the occasional backwards cap instead of pads and helmets, but work was being done. For the first time in nine years, Hayden has a new set of high school football coaches, and the July 21-23 mini-camp provided an opportunity for appropriate introductions to schemes and each other.

Big plans

Developers have long-range housing concept for Hayden

Developers are working on two major projects in Hayden that could dramatically shape the next 30 years of development.

BUSINESS FILE

Funeral home has new owners Kevin and Carla Sessions of Buffalo, Wyo., have purchased Steamboat's only funeral home from Mike Peterson.

John Russell: Rodeo cowboys have all the fun

Ever gone to the rodeo on Friday or Saturday night in Steamboat Springs and thought to yourself that riding rough stock, roping calves or chasing steers looked like something you might want to do? The idea of being a rodeo cowboy was something that might have appealed to me once upon a time.

THE WAY IT WAS

Two-Bar Bill down again

Marion (Two-Bar Bill) Winters was before Justice O.E. Mallory twice last week on Wednesday to answer a charge of having broken into the cabin at the Willow Creek placer property and removing a quantity of materials, including the doors and windows of the building. He entered a plea of guilty and was fined. The case had hardly been closed before Winters was again arrested, this time on a charge of having made away with 1.5 miles of four-wire fence in California Park belonging to the Clay Springs Cattle Company. Ralph Denney of Clark is accused of having been associated with Winters in taking the wire.

Days of swine and roses

As a two-time grand champion swine fitter, I know a thing or two about what it takes to get animals ready for a county fair.

Nearby Mount Werner provides excellent hikes

Veteran local hikers might be prone to overlook the trails and slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area when casting about for their next trailhead. But any weekend when work or social engagements preclude driving an hour each way to get to a wilderness hike, Mount Werner is a great option.

Camping for the arts

Dance, theater training highlights summer camp

Professional dance and theater training is not too far from home for local students participating in the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

TOWN TALK: Hahn's Peak

Let's shout for joy for the wonderful shower we had last week. Sure made the grass and trees greener, and the forest fire over east is contained. Of course, the flowers are about gone around this neighborhood. There are still some white daisies, and sneezewood and golden glow.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, In your last letter, you asked if the Jim Bowie of the Alamo was a relative of my grandfather?

The Porches at More's Corner

Luxury townhomes feature touches unique to market

With a name like The Porches at More's Corner, it is not hard to figure out one of the main features in the 64-unit, luxury townhome development.