News for Tuesday, March 19, 2002

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Snowpack creating avalanches

Weakest level in 30 years blamed for recent slides

Anyone heading into the backcountry to ski or snowmobile has to be aware of a weak snowpack that avalanche experts warn is ripe to be triggered.

Freestylers step it up at event

Freestyle skiers from Steamboat Springs won five age divisions at the Rocky Mountain Development Championships March 16 and 17 in Aspen.

Liens hold up sale of ski area

ASC hopes banks will OK closing of deal within 30 days

American Skiing Co. has been granted a reprieve by its senior creditors. But liens in place on the Steamboat Ski Area are hanging up the sale of the ski area to a group of investors led by Tim and Diane Mueller.

Athletes waiting out the storm

Weather causes cancellations for many Sailor teams

Steamboat's girls lacrosse team was so excited to step onto a grass field this weekend that some of the players were willing to make the trip to Denver to play, even if their opponents were not.

Juniors get a chance to shine

The slopes of the Steamboat and Howelsen Hill ski areas will provide a perfect stage for the future stars of skiing this week during the J-4 Junior Olympic Championships.

RSV epidemic hits Steamboat

Respiratory virus affecting several children

A local outbreak of a potentially dangerous respiratory virus for young children has resulted in a 300 percent increase in RSV patients at Yampa Valley Medical Center this year. Since Jan. 16, children all 18 months and younger have been hospitalized at the medical center with Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a potentially life-threatening respiratory infection. RSV is more susceptible to children younger than the age of 3.

A Return on an Investment

The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed last week to commit the funding from the former vendor's fee to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to market Steamboat as a summer destination.

Fund established for fire victims

Mary Couch's home, which was torched by a fire last Wednesday, will not be ready for habitation for another three to six months, she said Tuesday.

Two face felony charges in snowboard theft

Two men are expected to be charged with a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing two snowboards from Colorado Mountain College over the weekend.

Waiting to run

Athletes hope to take part in marathon after registration closes early this year

Next year local runner Jim Harkness will start a little earlier.

School board studies sales tax dispersal

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education discussed how to best distribute money generated from the half-cent city sales tax within the local school district at their meeting Tuesday night.

Hayden residents get on the bus

Shuttle from Craig now has reserved seating

Hayden residents who depend on the bus that comes from Craig to Steamboat in the morning need not worry there won't be room for them.

Haymaker raising its prices

Fresh off another relatively lucrative season, the city-owned Haymaker Golf Course is upping its rates for the 2002 season.

Babcock testifies before committee

4-H president impresses board with speech

After this summer, Daleena Babcock won't be able to show her animals and compete in the new indoor facility planned for the Routt County Fairgrounds.

More locals participating in upcoming hockey fest

Hockey fans will get a chance to watch more local talent at the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival than they have in the past five years.