News for Saturday, May 25, 2002

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Whiteman graduation bittersweet

Sixteen seniors, most wearing suits or dresses, all wearing white corsages and some sporting flip-flops, walked into the wooden gymnasium of the Lowell Whiteman School Saturday morning to the rhythm of pop music and the cheers of parents, friends and teachers.

THE WAY IT WAS

America's smallest living baby

Pat Cullen of Steamboat Springs claims the honor of being the grandfather of the smallest living baby in the United States. It is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Squire of Brookston. When it was born Sunday it weighed only 1.5 pounds. Despite this fact, it is thriving and bids fair to become a healthy child. Mrs. Squire is doing nicely.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Is Montessori right for Steamboat?

David Patterson is a photographer of architecture and interiors. He is also a parent and one of the 12 members of the Steamboat Springs Montessori Steering Committee. The committee is working to incorporate the Montessori education method into the public schools.

Seniors urged to 'get on with living'

The valedictorian of the 2002 graduating class of Hayden High School encouraged his peers Thursday night to pursue things of a more eternal value in their quest for success after graduation.

Mission to Mexico

Youth groups spending first part of summer on mission trip south of the border

Cari Lindahl, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School, will spend the first week of her summer vacation in Mexico. But she won't be sitting on the beach sipping icy drinks.

A class act

After 26 years, teacher Bob Preator bids farewell to Hayden academics

Bob Preator intended to retire a year ago. The veteran teacher took steps toward retirement last spring but changed his mind when faced with the final decision.

Field trip

Yampatika offers summer seminars

If you've ever become lost on Rabbit Ears Pass while stumbling through the intoxicating fields of wildflowers that you struggled to identify, and then thought to yourself how in heck did the landmark rock formations come to resemble the elongated ears of a jackrabbit? well then, Yampatika has a field seminar for you in June.

Buddies become friends

Program fosters relationships between first-graders and high schoolers

Ed Hayne's biology students found a rapt audience this year in the classrooms of South Routt Elementary School.

LETTERS

Thanks, participants Hillside Village Apartments would like to thank those who participated in the United Way Day of Caring.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, In my last letter I was letting Cousin Eileen Woodburn, my Aunt Jennie's daughter, talk about accompanying her mother, Aunt Jenny, on a trip back to what had been Jennie's childhood home in Ayrshire, Scotland. I'll just let Eileen continue:

THE RECORD

JAIL REPORT 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.

Building permits

Building permits for May 6-10

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Just like when I was a kid

Hot dogs, peanuts and baseball were a summer tradition in the Russell household when I was growing up in Denver.

Springs in their steps

Runners, bikers and walkers challenge unorthodox, seven-mile course

Paul Sachs looked ready to go another seven miles after crossing the finish line first in Hot Springs Short Cut Run on Saturday.

A balancing act

Steamboat gymnasts have a good time in often-criticized sport

A short while ago, the youths from the Steamboat Springs Gymnastics Center had a tough time winning anything. Now, it's becoming harder and harder to keep the kids off the podium.

Steering committee reviewing Montessori proposal

The Steamboat Springs School District will consider using some Montessori educational methods in the local elementary schools in response to a group advocating Montessori as a public education alternative in the district.

TOWN TALK: OAK CREEK/PHIPPSBURG

Bridge winners Winners at bridge May 14 with Clarice Reid were: Coralie Ritkouski, Jane Sullivan, Clarice Reid and Verna Whaley. The next meeting is Tuesday at the home of Cindy Porter.

OUR VIEW: Words of wisdom

The members of the Class of 2002 at Hayden and Lowell Whiteman have graduated. The three seniors at Christian Heritage will graduate today, and next weekend, their peers at Soroco and Steamboat Springs will join them.

BIRTHS

Leo Chen Davies, son of Sue Chen and Ron Davies of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:06 a.m. April 8, 2002.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Darrell and Cindy Akers have been enjoying a visit from her twin brother. He was very happy to be here for the eighth-grade graduation of his nephew, Adam.

Small class size helped students succeed

The students graduating from Christian Heritage School will leave the ceremony today to begin a new part of their lives but will not leave behind the lessons and friendships they developed through school.

OBITUARY: UHL

CATHERINE DOROTHY DRAPER WRIGHT DRAKE UHL 1909-2002

TOWN TALK: HAHN'S PEAK

Yaohoa! I'm back again. When I topped the hill and got my first look at Hahn's Peak mountain about the first of May, I was surprised to see that most of the snow was already gone, and the aspens were getting green.

A hike through history

Mad Creek Trail among the most popular for early season hikes

Few wilderness adventurers who aren't on horseback will have the resolve to hike all the way up the Mad Creek Trail through Swamp Park and on to Luna Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. It's just too easy to pass on the arduous climb and wait for Buffalo Pass to open, later in the summer. From there, hikers can make the trek in to Luna and Mount Ethel along the Continental Divide Trail without having to gain 2,500 feet in elevation.

OBITUARY: SANDELIN

CARL "DON" SANDELIN 1932-2002