News for Monday, October 20, 2003

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Council considers growth commission

The City Council said it would be willing to form a community-based commission to look at growth management tools. The decision came last week during a joint meeting between the council and city Planning Commission, during which the boards discussed the draft of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

Mesa State player wins city tennis title

John Aragon Jr. grew up on the tennis courts at the Steamboat Springs Tennis Center before leaving to attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction three years ago. Last weekend he returned home and won his first city singles title at the 2003 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships. It was one of two titles he won during the weekend -- he also teamed up with another former Steamboat player, Rich Tifft, to win the 5.0-level doubles division.

Billy Kidd honored in New York

For more than 20 years, former Olympic skier Billy Kidd has stood by and supported his teammate and longtime friend Jimmie Heuga as Heuga confronted the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. On Monday, at the 18th annual Heuga Center Autumn Benefit Dinner in New York, Kidd was honored with the "Can Do" award, the center's highest recognition.

Monger resigns from Emerald Mountain Partnership Board

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger resigned Monday from the Emerald Mountain Partnership board of directors. The resignation came after Monger realized his membership on the board was a public distraction in the land exchange process that the Bureau of Land Management is considering.

Grants help child-care centers grow and improve

New picnic tables and an awning to shade and protect preschoolers from the elements have long been on Laurel Street School's list of desired improvements.That wish became a reality recently with grant funds provided through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's special initiative project.

Multimillion-dollar arts center discussed

Robert Ritschel and Nancy Kramer are advancing a proposal they believe could lead to the construction of a new center for the performing and visual arts on the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors draw Mullen in soccer playoffs

On Monday, Sailor soccer player Daniel Barney and his teammates basked in the warm autumn sun at Emerald Park before practice. If he was concerned about facing No. 4 Mullen this week in the state playoffs, it was hidden somewhere behind his broad smile and energetic outlook.

The Record for Oct. 21, 2003

12:03 a.m. A member of a hunting party was reported missing near Fish Creek Falls Reservoir. The missing party returned to the camp shortly after the report was made.

Cog rally races going national

Routt County could host one of nine national cog rally races next year. That means faster and better cars, more excitement for viewers and more tourist dollars for the area, said Jim Gill, chairman for the race.

Civil trial begins in case of employee alleging boss made advances

Attorneys made opening statements Monday in a civil trial in which a Steamboat Springs woman is suing her former boss, saying the man made unwanted advances toward her while they were at an out-of-state conference.

News in Brief

The annual Ski and Sport Swap, hosted by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is Friday and Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Friday's early bird sale begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The sale continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.