News for Tuesday, October 14, 2003

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Atmos files to lower gas rates

But natural gas bills likely will be higher than last winter's

Atmos Energy has been warning its customers all fall of an impending increase in the price of natural gas. On Tuesday, the company reversed its gloomy forecast and announced it has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities commission for a 1 percent decrease in the rate it will charge customers in Northwest Colorado this winter.

Our View: Be an educated voter

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Town manager resigns for Taos job

While hitchhiking from Mexico to Denver, Rob Straebel found himself in the small community of Taos, N.M.

Vigil meets on courthouse lawn

When "Kelly" walked through the door of the battered women's shelter a few weeks ago, she was very small. Too small to lift her head and look anyone in the eyes and too small to answer the counselor's questions with more than a whisper.

New windows should keep school cool

Window blinds and shades couldn't solve a solar warming problem at Soda Creek Elementary School, but installing specialized windows will, Steamboat Springs School District officials said.

Vigil to meet at courthouse

Advocates plans to honor those who've survived abuse

When "Kelly" walked through the door of the battered women's shelter a few weeks ago, she was very small. Too small to lift her head and look anyone in the eyes and too small to answer the counselor's questions with more than a whisper.

The cost of water rights

Council agrees to research cost of hiring water lawyer

The City Council unanimously agreed to look at the cost of hiring a lawyer in its quest to file water rights on a portion of the Yampa River.

Working with the rival

Music takes former band star to unexpected places

Music took one talented Hayden High School graduate all over the country -- and then brought her right back home to the Yampa Valley to pass on her mentor's legacy.

County mulls possible action over junkyard

Backed by a court ruling requiring the owner of a Yampa junkyard shut down his facility, Routt County commissioners discussed possible actions to take if the property isn't cleaned up by the judge's Dec. 23 deadline.

School gears up

Hayden High School teacher and rastafarian-for-the-day Ty Zabel walked into school Tuesday with dreadlocks flowing from a pate normally concealed by a cowboy hat.

Football league up in air

The league football title is Moffat County's to win, but three other teams, including Steamboat Springs, have a legitimate shot to steal the championship, as the Western Slope season draws to a close over the next three weekends.

Sailor soccer squad seeking revenge

Greeley Central coach Ian Wale believes if anyone can give Steamboat Springs a competitive match in Steamboat, it's his team.

Smalley's big passion

'Father of Freestyle' takes his place in Colorado Ski Hall of Fame

It's hard to talk about freestyle skiing in Colorado, or anywhere else for that matter, without referring to Park Smalley.

Group awaits land swap letter

Citizens to Save Our Public Lands, a grass-roots group established by a group of West Routt County residents who use Bureau of Land Management lands, could get a big boost if the Hayden Town Board signs an official letter of support.

KZKS looks to locate in Steamboat

Radio audiences in Steamboat Springs may soon be able to tune in a new country music station.

Atmos files to reduce natural gas rates

But customers will still be paying more for service than they did last winter

Atmos Energy has been warning its customers all fall of an impending increase in the price of natural gas. On Tuesday, the company reversed its gloomy forecast and announced it has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities commission for a 1-percent decrease in the rate it will charge customers in Northwest Colorado this winter.

Office opens with new hours

Driver's License Bureau will be open Wednesdays only

For the next few months, and possibly longer, Hayden residents who need new drivers' licenses should plan on traveling west to Craig, or east on a Wednesday to Steamboat.

4 seats open for CMC board

People who reside within the boundaries of the Steamboat Springs School District will vote next month for Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees hopefuls, including Steamboat resident and incumbent Rob Dick.

Woman injured by horse while hunting

A 55-year-old Craig woman was rescued Tuesday afternoon after a horse stepped on her leg on the Continental Divide Trail near Rabbit Ears.

Grant money not in town budget

The town of Hayden's budget is tight this year, but it's nothing out of the ordinary, Town Clerk Lisa Johnston said.

News in Brief

Wetlands application awaits signature

Routt County commissioners are expected to sign an application today for a permit to fill about 1.5 acres of wetlands at the site of the new justice center.