News for Tuesday, September 2, 2003

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Fire bans lifted

Routt County commissioners lifted fire restrictions on state and private land Tuesday and are expected to lift restrictions on most federal lands today. Despite the easing of restrictions, officials warned fire danger is still present.

Hayden teacher awarded

Michelle Wilkie named Wal-Mart teacher of the year

Michelle Wilkie, a self-described talker, rarely has been at a loss for words. But Wilkie, Hayden Elemen-tary School's music teacher, found herself speechless on the last day of school last May when she was called to the stage to accept a $1,000 check for being named a Wal-Mart teacher of the year.

Parents speak against drug policy at Hayden forum

If parents think their children have not or will not use drugs or alcohol, they are fooling themselves, Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer told a group of parents and students Tuesday. The message came during a forum held to discuss the school's newly adopted random drug testing policy -- a forum at which the policy came under fire from some parents.

Sidewalks top development forum

Faced with expensive requests from the city to build sidewalks around their new projects, developers said Tuesday they want to be convinced the paths will lead somewhere.

Soroco football pushes past Rifle

Senior quarterback Kory Babcock led an opportunistic Soroco Ram's football team to its first win of the season last Saturday in Rifle.

News in Brief, Sept. 3

Two men were charged with first-degree criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief after breaking into a crane and operating it.

Mobile-home arson suspect arrested

A Breckenridge man was arrested on suspicion of fourth- degree arson after a manufactured home and two cars were destroyed in a fire Monday night.

Sailor golfers feel at home at Haymaker Golf Club

Fourteen teams will play in today's high school golf tournament at the Haymaker Golf Club -- but only one of those teams calls Steamboat Springs home.

The Record, Sept. 1

Group works to save sage grouse

When Lewis and Clark journeyed west across North America, they encountered a chicken-like bird that was black, white and brown and ruled sagebrush areas. The explorers named it the "cock of the plains."

Our View: Referendum A doesn't get the job done

Little is as precious to this state's economic vitality as the preservation of its water resources, and years of drought have reinforced the importance of water storage capacity to that preservation. That said, the initiative proposed in Referendum A seems to be an unnecessary way to go about securing additional capacity.

Death brings war closer

Iraq casualty hits home in Hayden

Having a community member die from a war that seems so distant has brought the Iraqi conflict much closer to home, Hayden residents say.

Focus of a champ

Yellow jersey never far from Lodwick's thoughts

Winning the opening event of the 2003 Summer Grand Prix in Villach, Austria, last month has fueled Todd Lodwick's desire to dress in yellow.