News for Saturday, January 11, 2003

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Oak Creek native fills position

Photos takes over as public works director

It's been about 20 years since town officials in Oak Creek have had to fill the public works director job.

District receives first qualified audit

North Routt charter school's incomplete financial records lead to issue

There's a first time for everything, but this is one first the Steamboat Springs School District would just as soon forget.

Stargazing

CMC astronomy expert tells where to look for the interesting heavenly happenings

Any visitors to the Astronomy Picture of the Day Web site (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html) on Christmas Day saw a photo taken by Colorado Mountain College Astronomy Professor Jimmy Westlake.

CMC grad makes his mark

Marty Carrigan leads Palmer Snowboard's U.S. sales team

Marty Carrigan goes to Las Vegas at least once a year, but he doesn't go to play cards and he doesn't go to ride the roller coasters. When Carrigan goes to Vegas this month, he'll mean business, and after 19 years, he knows the ropes.

Strings for sale at 3-Wire Acoustic

Hayden store buys, rehabs used instruments

Dave Hanley wants anyone who has an interest in music to visit his instrument shop in Hayden, look at what he has, and sit down and play a tune with him.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Sylvia Walker had a wonderful holiday season. Her children John, Charla, Shantel and Ryan were here from Denver, Jason from the University of Wyoming, Jimmy, Steffanie from Albuquerque, N.M., little Avery from Grand Junction and her beloved mother also from Albuquerque.

Prescription problem

Recent theft of drug OxyContin brings awareness to abuse

The allure of pain pills was enough to entice someone to break into a local pharmacy last week.

Fly fishing show

Thousands of anglers attend

January is the month when fly fishermen in Northwest Colorado have two realistic choices -- sit at the bench and tie a dozen size 18 Adams, or drill a hole in Stagecoach Reservoir and pray for spring. There's a third choice -- point the pickup truck toward Denver and hand over $12 to spend part of the first weekend of the month daydreaming about the perfect fishing trip.

Mosher and Ramos

Lucky and Kim Mosher of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lacey Elaine Mosher, to Neftali Ramos, son of Crispina Ramos of Grand Junction.

Sailors drop two

Machebeuf goalie Othell Miller and captain David Glotfelty are the smallest players on their high school hockey team.

Letters to the editor

I would like to see more coverage of the high school wrestling team.

Good News lot sells at last

It has been almost nine years since a building stood at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Fifth Street.

Heckbert and Clare

Mr. and Mrs. James Heckbert of Steamboat Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Colin Clare of Dorset, England, announce the engagement of their children, Jessica and Timothy.

BIRTHS

Alexander Joseph Holinka, son of Kris and Tim Holinka of Parshall was born at 9:33 a.m. Dec. 26, 2002. He weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. His maternal grandparent is Gen Stewart of Fulda, Minn. His paternal grandparents are Chuck and Trudy Holinka of Fulda, Minn.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Friends, Just a few more notes on my stay at the Collum Creek School (camping there with my friend, Mrs. Keller -- who was the school's teacher).

Not a wise choice

Steamboat Springs School District administrators are barking up the wrong tree by floating the idea of a new bond issue for capital improvements. Last week, the district's administrative team made recommendations for the 2003-04 school year to the Education Fund Board, which oversees the half-cent sales tax for education. The administrative team surprised the board by recommending that none of the sales tax funds be used for capital in the coming year. Instead, the administrative team recommended spending $685,000 on technology, including new hardware and a network upgrade, and about $1.4 million on educational excellence, including small class sizes and pay for performance. That accounted for all of the $2.1 million the education sales tax is expected to raise, leaving nothing for capital. The administrative team made its recommendations even though facilities director Rick Denney outlined more than $8 million in deferred capital needs in the district. Among the most pressing and most expensive:

BUSINESS FILE

New real estate office opens on Lincoln Ave. Real estate veterans Martin Grosjean and Ted Varouxakis have opened Steamboat Springs' newest office, affiliating themselves with United Country's nationwide network of offices. United Country/Allied Realty is located at 1445 S. Lincoln Ave.

TH E WAY IT WAS

Another train blockade

Another chapter in the long history of misfortune of the Moffat road was added Sunday when the bridge across Bull Creek burned, interrupting through traffic. Officials estimate that it will take until Jan. 16, at least, to rebuild the structure, and it may be another week before it can be put to use.

Speech team gets competitive

Students thrive on performing in front of strangers

Public speaking is consistently rated as the No. 1 fear for most Americans, but don't tell that to the Steamboat Springs High School speech team.

Surfing on snow

Locals try out snowboarding at clinic

Linda Fisher-Faiola is the prototypical grandmother in many regards. She likes to play and bake cookies with her grandkids and even spoil them when she gets a chance.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Trip to Bowl game worth every penny

College graduation couldn't come fast enough. I wanted that diploma. I wanted the nice dinner and congratulatory cards that came with it. And I wanted out. Out of homework. Out of debt. Out of Iowa.