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Fifth-grader recruits Red Robin

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When Strawberry Park Elementary School fifth-grader Alexandra Wetzler was assigned to write a persuasive letter, the first thing that came to mind was her passion for a particular brand of hamburger.

When Alexandra wrote to the Red Robin gourmet burger chain in south Denver, she may not have expected to hear from the big cheese himself. Red Robin CEO and President Michael J. Snyder responded to her letter with a handwritten note.

"I want you to move your restaurant to Steamboat Springs, Colo.," Alexandra wrote. "In the winter it's snowier than ever. This is one of our busiest seasons of the year. In the summer it's hot and everyone would come and get a nice, zesty glass of your fresh lemonade.

"We have a lot of open space for you to build Red Robin."

Snyder's response was noncommittal, but favorable.

"Maybe someday we will open in Steamboat," he wrote in replay. "You will be the first to know."

Routt ranches make 4-star guide

Steamboat Springs

A pair of guest ranches in North Routt County are among just 11 lodging establishments in Colorado to be awarded the prestigious four-star award from Mobil Travel Guide for 2003.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch and The Home Ranch both received the designation. That puts them on a par with the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa and the Brown Palace Hotel. Only the Little Nell in Aspen earned five stars.

SpringSips gives DSL to ski club

Steamboat Springs

Local Internet Service Provider SpringSips has donated one year of high-speed DSL to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

SpringSips owner Stephanie Reineke said the club was already a client and she was eager for the club's staff to experience DSL.

The club's Mary Ziegler said the new service is giving ski coaches convenient access to important updates from the U.S. Ski Association and allowing rapid uploading of race results.

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