News for Saturday, March 23, 2002

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American Skiing faces mountain of debt

Sale of Steamboat key to making loan payments

American Skiing Company is plainly confronted with the possibility of defaulting on several large loans this spring, and it is possible the company will have to go back to its creditors for more concessions even if it is successful in closing the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Lessons and stories in ice fishing

Frank Baird and Ken Meyer were out on the ice at Steamboat Lake March 17 looking board. And that's no typographical error.

Let's play two

Schedule issues can't dampen fun at hockey festival

Pee Wee hockey goalie Jeff Dawes had the chance to go up against some out-of-state teams in the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival last year. But this year his opponents were a lot closer to home; in fact, one of them actually lived in his home.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Junior Olympics about more than winning

The dream can be found in the start, between the red and blue gates along the slalom course and across the finish line of the giant slalom.

ENERGY EXPRESS

'Sacred Contracts' is a book worth reading

"For our own good, each of us needs to learn what our mission is, because the details of how we live our lives accumulate to create health or illness." Carolyn Myss, "Sacred Contracts" Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Holley Blake and her father are here to paint the Blakes' new home just northwest of Hayden. Steve, Holley, daughter Steffanie and son Hayden hope to get moved and settled here this summer.

The Big Playoff

When the 2002 Winter Recreation Basketball League Sweet 16 tournament begins today, there will be no cheerleaders. There will be no coaches frothing at the mouth, no monster tomahawk jams. There will not even be referees.

Fishing the Stagecoach tailwater

One more week of solitude before park road opens

Phil Eggleston squinted up at the Flat Tops Friday afternoon and tried to estimate whether the snowfields that glistened in the sun above 11,000 feet held enough moisture to fill his reservoir.

INSIDE OUT

Answers available on limited licenses DENVER As the April 2 deadline for big-game limited license applications nears, Colorado Division of Wildlife staff will host evening open houses.

Talk of the town

Oak Creek rocked by accusations, resignations

Word travels quickly in a town of 850 people. And rumors never flew faster than a few weeks ago, when prnted accusations made by a town employee set in motion a chorus of "he said, she said" throughout the town of Oak Creek.

THE WAY IT WAS

Blizzard victims buried

March 28, 1923 The bodies of Jay Sorric and his 14-year-old daughter, Thelma, who lost their lives in last Wednesday's blizzard, were buried last Wednesday at Craig. The widow and her remaining five children, all younger than Thelma, are in destitute circumstances, and Mrs. Sorric is crippled with rheumatism. They will probably be sent to relatives in Nebraska.

Sound Off: Readers react to Chamber, summer marketing

The following comments were received on the Pilot & Today Sound Off line. If you would like to participate, call (970) 871-4248 or e-mail soundoff@steamboatpilot.com

Letter: It is time to lend a helping hand

Project Anaconda has had quite mixed results. The United States has been training an Afghan army. Part of that army has been utilized in the recent heavy fighting in the Gardez area. At first the Afghan forces retreated when they were badly needed. But their American instructor continued working with them until now, at the end of the engagement, they have improved a great deal and will be used to search caves for any lingering al-Qaida.

Letter: Steamboat should consider ski pass discounts

An open letter to the new Steamboat Ski Area management: Many Colorado ski resorts offer low-cost season passes, e.g. $200 to $350; Steamboat has so far declined, noting (letter to me) that "their product does not warrant a discount."

Our View: Aspen helmet policy makes sense

A record number of people 14 have died from accidents on Colorado's ski slopes this year. Obviously, this is a record the state's ski industry hopes will never be broken. Perhaps what happened last week in Aspen is a step toward ensuring it isn't.

Sailors aim to keep winning with new coach

Pursuit of Excellence is written in Latin on the sleeves of the practice jerseys worn by the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team.

A smooth transition

Bohlmann expects success with girls team to continue

Even though he had coached boys soccer for 12 years, Rob Bohlmann was still bombarded with suggestions when he agreed to take over the girls program at Steamboat Springs High School.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Norman Frentress: my friend and neighbor, a truly dedicated Christian and devoted family man; a genuine old-style rancher, stockman, horseman; a real honest-to-goodness cowpuncher (anything but one of the "plastic cowboys" so common today.

The Record

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Family-like atmosphere aids in learning

Charter school offering students unique experience in North Routt

For children attending the charter school in Clark, its closeness to home is not just the short driving distance but the feeling children have when they are at school.

ROUTT COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

Sheri Steiner

Sheri Steiner (Sheri Lu to some, LuLu to others) Age (optional): 52 delightful revolutions around the sun Occupation: Director of Development and Marketing, Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music (and it only took 25-something years to get down to just one job)