News for Saturday, March 2, 2002

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BIRTHS

Thane Michael Peppler, son of Wanda and Chad Peppler of Craig, was born at 10:49 p.m. Feb. 15, 2002. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. His maternal grandparent is Larry Suits of Hayden. His paternal grandparents are Peg Peppler of Broomfield and Mike Peppler of Steamboat Springs.

The cost of keeping a rural hospital healthy

Medicare, Medicaid shortchange Yampa Valley Medical Center millions of dollars

When it comes to funding hospitals, the federal government may be trying to fit many different square pegs in one round hole.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Friend Bertha, Now that I've finished with the wild tale of the outlaws, Lant and Tracy, I'll tell a little of what is going on around the May ranch; certainly nothing as dramatic as rounding up bad men in Brown's Park or being nearly beat to death by vicious killers.

Prepare for turbulence

The fate of Steamboat Springs' airport heats up

As city staff steps up its efforts to turn the airport into an efficient money-making enterprise, local opposition has stepped up, too.

THE WAY IT WAS

Alarming reports reached Steamboat concerning the mishap which struck the passenger train which left here Saturday morning. One rumor being that the train had been struck by a snowslide on "the hill" and swept down the mountainside, many people being injured.

ROUTT COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

Cesare F. Rosati Age: 55 Occupation: Retired from federal service (State Department) Place of birth: Celano, Italy (60 miles east of Rome)

Olympic reflections

A look back at the Winter Games

Take your pick. Now that all the flag waving is done, the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics were one of two things. Either they were the last place where the world comes together to celebrate the commonality of human athletic achievement, or a $200 billion tribute to marketing and commerce. Perhaps they were both.

Sailors defeat 'Dogs for regional spot

With the game well in hand in the final seconds, Steamboat Springs coach Kelly Meek went down the bench and congratulated each of his players with a hug for their outing at districts.

Fight fire with fire

Forest Service completes plan for prescribed burns to reduce wildfire damage

The U.S. Forest Service has decided on a fire prevention plan that includes prescribed burns on 206 acres of land surrounding Steamboat Springs in the next three to five years but private landowner participation is needed to ensure complete protection from wildfire.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Congratulations to our Hayden wrestlers. We are all very proud of the great job you did at state wrestling!