News for Saturday, October 4, 2003

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How did self-help housing start?

RALF, Department of Agriculture combine to make dreams reality

Last week, the Regional Affordable Living Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture celebrated the launch of Routt County's first Self-Help Housing Program. In the grant-funded program, seven income eligible families will receive skills training and then work to build their own homes in West End Village. Ellen Hoj, executive director of RALF and the architect of the program locally, talked about self-help housing.

Routt County Spotlight

Brian Harvey

Gondola Square work may begin soon

Members of the Gondola Square Condominium Assoc-iation are advancing a multiyear plan intended to transform the buildings at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area from a stark monolith into a base village that reflects a wide range of textures, colors and shapes.

City plans $37.5M budget

Hearings are set to begin Tuesday

The 2004 city budget proposes no drops in the level of city services and just two city positions cut, despite declining sales tax revenue in 2003.

Sailors bound for state

The Steamboat Springs tennis team will send all three of its singles players and all four of its doubles teams to state, after the Sailors crowned five individual regional champions and got two second-place finishes to capture their sixth straight Region 8 team championship in Delta during the weekend.

Take in West Elk scenes

Completing loop to Crested Butte worth drive, several rolls of film

Leaving Northwest Colorado during the peak of fall color season is a difficult thing to do, but the West Elk Scenic Loop is sufficient reason to pack up and point the SUV south toward Carbondale.

Lujan's home shows the work of an artist

Mason & Morse listing home for $1.5 million

Harold Lujan's home redefines "tree house." The South Routt log creation he has called home for the past 14 years took seven years to build. The home is truly one of a kind, crafted almost entirely with hundreds of locally gathered beetle-killed spruce that were then stacked and sealed using no chinking, nails or screws.

Empowering parents

Program lets Mom, Dad access student's work online

Susan Rossi, like most parents, wants to be kept informed of her children's performance in school.

Sailing through air

Sailors' passing game stealing the show

In Mark Drake's previous 29 years as head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School, the running game has almost always been the focal point of the offense.

The power of paws

Heeling Friends is recruiting dog-owner teams this week

There's something about a dog's smile. It can break through some of the deepest depression and loneliness.

The essentials of hemp

Retailer seeks to promote product, educate customers

Heather Howell-Durand is not your average downtown merchant. She isn't there just to sell her hand-made soaps, serums, lotions and clothing. She wants to educate, and her lesson plan includes promoting a plant that she thinks can help save the planet.

Marks -- Crispin

Business News in Brief

Longtime resident Roy Powell has joined Re/Max Steamboat as a broker associate. Powell has worked as a real estate professional in Steamboat Springs for the past six years.

Building Permits for Sept. 22-30

SBS Hangars I, LLC/City Of Stmb Spgs 3495 Airport Circle Tectonics Airport hangar -- Bldg E $184,464

Real Estate Transactions for Sept. 22-28

MOUNTAIN ESTATES INVESTMENTS, LLC TO ERICKSON, PERRIE T. AND ERICKSON, L. SCOTT FOR CHAMPAGNE LODGE AT TRAPPEURS CROSSING RESORT UNIT: 3207 - $525,000

This Cookie doesn't crumble

It's July 10. Cookie Lockhart is on the operating table in Tulsa, Okla., to have a 3.3-centimeter tumor removed from her right breast. Just before being anesthetized, she asked the doctors if they knew what breasts and martinis had in common. "One's not enough, and three is too many," she replied.

State games: new format, same dream

Making it to the state championship is the goal of just about every high school team when a season starts.

New billboard, magazine ads market Steamboat

Virtually every vacationing skier arriving at Denver International Airport this winter will get the message. The giant billboard along Interstate 70 is hard to miss.