News for Tuesday, October 7, 2003

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YVRA construction running on schedule

A new addition to Yampa Valley Regional Airport should be ready for departing passengers when the first ski season jet flights begin operating Dec. 12.

Director: Music is about fun

Hayden's new music instructor is taking a well-respected program and adding even more to it, and students are noticing. The district's traditional program has evolved into a well-rounded program that is attracting an increasing number of students, Director Tim Watt said.

City aids flight program

Council OKs $100K in first boost to YVRA summer air plan

In a 4-3 vote, the City Council decided to give $100,000 in its first boost to Yampa Valley Regional Airport's summer air program.

2004 city budget tightened

Number of services remains close to that offered in 2003

The City Council did not approve any major cuts to services for 2004, but residents could still feel the squeeze of a tightening belt.

Candidate's rally request denied

A request by City Council candidate Marcus Williams to hold a political rally on the courthouse lawn Friday was denied by Routt County commissioners Tuesday. The proposed rally would have included live music, food and alcohol.

Justice center's look decided

After formally awarding HLM Design of Denver an architectural contract for the county's new justice center, Routt County commissioners made some initial decisions about how they want the building to look.

Girls second, boys third at Aspen meet

Jennifer Hooper placed second overall and Tyler O'Leary came in fifth, as the Steamboat Springs girls and boys cross country teams ran to impressive finishes at the Chris Severly Invitational in Aspen over the weekend.

Tigers, Mustangs fight for win

It's the difference between a back completing an 80-yard touchdown run or getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage; it's a receiver making a diving catch for a first down or watching the ball bounce off the ground incomplete; and it's a quarterback falling forward for a touchdown or laying on his back looking up at a defensive lineman.

Food services needs subsidy

Budget cuts strike formerly self-supporting department

Higher salaries and decreased revenue have taken their toll on the Steamboat Springs School District's Nutritional Services Department.

Bear River parcel meeting tonight

The public will be invited to view several conceptual plans for a new park on Steamboat's west side tonight.

Search and Rescue receives full funding

The City Council agreed to fund Routt County Search and Rescue with the full amount it requested, but said next year it would like to see a greater partnership with other agencies.

Tigers seek 1st league win

What's half a step in football?

Waterline project set to begin

Hayden residents should prepare for minor detours while several water-main replacement projects get under way this week, said Mike Miller owner of MJ Miller Inc., the company contracted for the $400,000 project.

Utility line work delayed

The City Council is postponing putting utility lines in the downtown area underground, in hopes of funding more pressing capital improvement projects.

Adult open gyms begin

Volleyball, basketball held

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation's adult open gyms have begun for people interested in playing recreational volleyball and basketball.

School Board holds study session Monday

School Board Finance Director Dale Mellor commended the North Routt Community Charter School for a financial audit the school submitted to the district. Mellor, however, expressed concern over the charter school's future financial viability given its decreasing reserves and increasing losses. Charter school director Mary Bramer said fund-raisers, private donations and grant monies should cover any deficit incurred by the school.

Gibbons suffers complications

Town Board trustee's back became infected after surgery

Hayden Town Board Trustee Ken Gibbon was looking forward to a two-week vacation to visit friends and family on the East Coast, but when the day of his flight came, he couldn't get out of bed.

Xcel to study water options

If Xcel Energy wants Hayden water, it will take time, money and manpower. It will not, however, require the town of Hayden to make major structural changes or additions to the water treatment plant, Public Works Director Frank Fox said.

More bureaucracy than community

City officials are close to approving a final draft of an update of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan. However, unless they strengthen community support to the proposed changes, this could be another sequel that doesn't live up to standards set by the original.