News for Saturday, August 14, 2004

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Carl West: Visitor opposed to lodging tax

The lodging tax article was of great interest to me as I am a perennial visitor to Steamboat.

Teen driving deaths a constant problem

Learning to drive can be one of the most exciting experiences of a young person's life.

Making it work

Ranchers adjust to survive in Routt County

By 8 o'clock on a quickly warming July morning, a group of out-of-towners, regular cowhands and horses started gathering at the Saddleback Ranch.

Airport budget studied

Review: Should city spend more on airport?

A budget review of the city's transportation department, which includes the Steamboat Springs Airport, could go beyond the numbers Tuesday and to the debate of how much more money, if any, the city wants to spend on its general aviation airport.

Ski Corp. begins annual hiring process

Trish Sullivan was looking for 250 outstanding personalities in the ballroom of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel last week.

Charles 'Ike' Eisenhauer (1921-2004)

Longtime Craig resident Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer, owner and operator of Ike and Son Transmission, passed away Aug. 6, 2004, at his home. He was 82.

John F. Russell: Olympics more than just a phase

On Friday, Annie Kakela sat on her couch in Corvallis, Ore., watching the opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games on television.

Home arts serious competition for participants at the Routt County Fair

Angelo Iacovetto figures he has been the king of Routt County garlic since about 1970.

Horses, handlers open county fair

Washing, trimming, painting and shining.

Getting ready to go back

Experts offer advice on steps to take to get children prepared for start of school

Where did the summer go? It will be an oft-asked question in Routt County and across the country over the next couple of weeks as parents and students prepare for another school year.

Gerald Rudolph: Spend on food, not on war

Early in the 1960s, Rwanda gained its independence from Belgium. The largest and most popular tribe in the country was the Hutus. An ethnic minority tribe of Rwanda was the Tutsis.

Chloe Chavarria

Chloe Chavarria, daughter of Tara and Buck Chavarria of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:07 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Hunter and Courtney Chavarria. Her grandparents are Sue Means of Buffalo, Wyo., Frankie Chavarria of San Marcos, Calif., Nancy Miskam of Menifee, Calif., and Ken Miskam of Murrieta, Calif.

Luxury townhomes proposed

One of the few remaining multi-family housing parcels at the base of the ski area has re-entered the city planning process.

'This is my Steamboat'

Ski area unveils new ad campaign

Everyone who has formed an emotional attachment to Steamboat Springs can spin a different version of their own personal Steamboat. That includes natives, longtime locals, five-year locals, second-home owners and even vacationers.

Soundoff for Aug. 15

Dumb question That's one of the dumber questions I have ever heard. The thing is a fire whistle, not a toot for Steamboat. Give me a break. The answer to the question is no.

Our View: Primary runoff system needed

There are still provisional ballots to sort out, but it appears that Greg Walcher, Colorado's former natural resources chief, will be the Republican nominee for the 3rd Congressional District. On Tuesday night, Walcher emerged from a five-way race with 32 percent of the vote, 285 votes ahead of state Rep. Matt Smith, who netted 31 percent. Smith has not conceded, noting there are hundreds of provisional ballots throughout the 29-county district still to be reviewed and counted.

When fear pays off

Not heading back across Devil's Causeway offers great surprises to hikers

There I was, crouched, shaking and clutching a sharp rock in front of me with one hand while grasping the hand of a my much bolder companion with the other.

Ian Walter McCollom

Ian Walter McCollom, son of Loni and Patrick McCollom of Craig, was born at 8:26 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Max McCollom. His grandparents are Mick and Nancy Tucci of Craig, and Terry and Kay McCollom of Chicago.

Lenore 'Lenny' McClelland Rauscher (1925-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Lenore D. Rauscher passed away Aug. 9, 2004, at her home in Grand Junction. She was 78.

The Record for Aug. 15

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

High school sports practices bring end to summer's lazy days

The lazy days of summer will give way to two-a-day practices at Steamboat Springs High School starting Monday.

Gail Heins: Dogs off leash are safety concern

The two big dogs were happy and wanted to play. My 90-year-old Mom was walking her little dog, Sweetie, to the cluster mail box to get her mail. It was a beautiful Steamboat summer day that was shattered, along with my Mom's right hip and arm, when she fell.

Steve Rummler: Don't believe the partisan hype

It is my feeling that most partisan arguments, whether conservative, liberal or other, are efforts to formulate and promote solutions for honest, heartfelt concerns. We would do well to listen to these concerns. They need to be addressed if we are to be "one nation, indivisible."

Class Notes for Aug. 15

Corinne K. Hands, a 2000 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, recently graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. She majored in communications and business. Hands was named to the university's honor roll in each of her eight semesters there. She now works for Champ Systems in Portland, Ore.

Robert Ernest Ferguson (1947-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Robert Ernest "Fergie" Ferguson passed away Aug. 9, 2004, at his home in Arvada. He was 57.

South Routt Calendar for Aug. 15

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sarah Mead: Revisit justice center site

In following the recent articles and opinions in the Steamboat Pilot & Today surrounding the location for the new Routt County Justice Center, I become increasingly alarmed at the unveiling facts and the obstinate stance of the county commissioners.

Horse property ready for year-round living

Down-home living with privacy, access to the Elk River, plenty of elbow room and just 15 minutes to downtown Steamboat: It's all wrapped up in Chris and Tracy Alexander's home, which is for sale and sits on 35 acres above Mad Creek and the Elk River.

High hopes for season

Golfers focus on team goals, making it to state tourney

The idea of winning a state golf title lingers in the minds of Steamboat Springs High School seniors Ryan Brees and Kenton Gamache.

Alternative building takes off

Construction in South Routt includes homes using straw bales and solar energy

These days, a drive through the neighborhoods of Oak Creek, Stagecoach and other rural reaches of South Routt County reveals that something alternative is going on. There are innovative new straw bale homes going up in Oak Creek and entire neighborhoods in Stagecoach using solar electricity.