News for Thursday, May 30, 2002

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Economies among ski towns compared at summit

The median income in Routt County lags more than $10,000 behind Summit County, Utah, home of Park City. Yet, the annual payroll per employee in Summit County is lower than it is in Routt County.

Hostas a great, shade-loving addition to your garden

Hosta, also known as Plantain-lily, is a lovely perennial that thrives in the shade garden. Originally from China, Korea and Japan, these plants are grown mostly for their foliage.

Moskowitz to coach at Adams State College

Katie Moskowitz has a "huge fire in her pit" just like her dad, Kelly Meek a trait likely to prove useful as the recently named interim head volleyball coach at Adams State College.

Fair discusses status of ASC

American Skiing Co. CEO B.J. Fair's sense of humor came out Thursday at one of the least expected moments. Asked when he expected his company to turn a profit, Fair couldn't suppress a chuckle. Fair was speaking to more than 150 people gathered at the Sheraton Steamboat for Economic Summit 2002.

Town Challenge begins

Mountain bikers kick off races with Howelsen Hill Criterium

Nearly 145 mountain bikers took part in the opening race of the Town Challenge Series Wednesday, including a record number of youth riders.

Watch groups file two appeals

All beetle-suppression work on hold

Environmental watch groups filed two appeals to a U.S. Forest Service decision to try to control a spruce beetle outbreak because it encroaches on roadless areas in the Routt National Forest.

Group to pursue charter school

Montessori committee says school district proposal didn't go far enough

The Steamboat Springs Montessori Steering Committee will pursue a publicly funded Montessori charter school that it hopes to open in the fall of 2003.

Panel looks at health-care problems

Small businesses facing financial challenges to providing coverage

The cost of health care is the No. 1 problem small businesses in the Yampa Valley face, said panelists in an hour-long discussion at Economic Summit 2002 Thursday.

Official offers ways to spark area business growth

Bob Lee from the governor's office affirmed his support for small businesses and encouraged growth in already existing businesses in rural Colorado.

Man falls while hiking causeway

20-year-old from Illinois flown to Denver hospital

A 20-year-old Illinois man hiking in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area fell off a technical part of a trail and was airlifted by a Flight For Life helicopter to Denver General Hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries.