News for Saturday, February 15, 2003



The way it was

Hot topic --ar with Iraq

The impending war in Iraq is hanging heavy on the minds of high school students right now. As 17-year-olds, about to graduate from high school, it will be their friends, boyfriends and maybe themselves who will take up arms.

Autism group hopes to raise awareness

Disorder 'bordering on epidemic' with increasing local diagnoses

Grayson Steur loves dinosaurs. Plastic models of the creatures from another time fill the bins and line shelves in his playroom. A pterodactyl hangs from the ceiling.

District's pay system questioned

Pay for performance examined

Everybody likes an end-of-the-year bonus, and Steamboat Springs School District teachers and staff are no different. But four years after a pay-for-performance system was adopted by the school district, one thing has become clear -- the system needs to change.

Sound off for Feb. 16, 2003

Sound off for Feb. 16, 2003

Romick plans large ranch development

A 1,117-acre ranch just west of Steamboat Springs could be divided into 39 homes, an 800-acre ranch and possibly a golf course.

Getting insurance assistance

Mini-med plan will help cover area's seasonal workers

Seasonal resort workers in the region now have a new option in the struggle to get and retain minimum health benefits.

Paying at the pump

Threat of war, Venezuela issues driving prices past $1.75 per gallon mark

Matt Voiland was standing under the canopy at the 7-11 on Steamboat's west side Thursday morning pumping $10 of the least expensive gasoline in town into his Suzuki Sidekick.

The magical Lizard Queen

Artist creates an illusion with each piece of stained glass

Leaning against the wall of Paul Rutledge's studio is a panel of bright blue glass. The blue dye in the glass seems to flow over the surface like a thick liquid, and out of it a pattern emerges like the outline of Horus, the Egyptian god with a falcon head, seated on his throne.

A story behind the story

Local author gives students new perspective on creative writing

He rides a Harley Davidson and sports a goatee, but that's not how he captivates a room full of children.

End the circus

It's time for the circus to leave town. The conflict between Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms and Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis has long since boiled over the bounds of professionalism -- as evidenced by the behavior at Monday night's school board meeting -- and the community's patience is wearing thin.

Private Retreats opens office

Company offers unique package of timeshare units

A company that says it revolutionized the business of timeshares has opened an office in Steamboat.

Museum board will go to voters to get stabilized income

Facing budget shortfalls and in need of a reliable source of income, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will ask taxpayers for help this November.

Letters from the ranch

Dear Friends Halden,

Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2003

A whale of a time

Local shares knowledge of marine mammals in CMC course

People who experience a close encounter with a whale often come away feeling as if they've communicated with the giant mammals, Mike Braal said. "Imagine being on a boat and having six of them swim right underneath bow," Braal said. "After 18 years of doing it, it's still a thrill. They're an unbelievable presence and they're intelligent."


Town Talk/ Hayden

What does a judicial district do?

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