News for Saturday, January 10, 2004

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Sound off for Jan. 11, 2004

I could not believe Doug Allen's comment concerning the Pioneer Ridge area -- "a more natural skiing area. ... We learned several years later that is not what people wanted." Maybe Doug should hang out at the Pony Express lift on a powder day and get some first-hand feedback from all the smiling skiers and riders.

Behind the headlines: On the road to recovery

Nancy Stahoviak is a Routt County commissioner. Here she answers questions about her recent illness.

Coping with class size

Small classes come at a cost

A Steamboat Springs School Board plan to revisit class-size policies is proving to be the catalyst for a full-scale evaluation of district staffing levels and funding priorities.

Into the mix

Scott Singer and Tom Schwall see success in their new studio

When you are done making money, climbing the ladder and proving yourself to the world -- that's when your best work begins.

Building Permits for Jan. 11, 2004

Steamboat Springs Jonathan & Kristin Spence 2351 Oxford Way Graham Kassel Construction Single-family residence $260,050

Timetable for ski area projects uncertain

Of all the projects listed in the update to the Steamboat Ski Area's master plan, nothing is more urgent than replacing the "antiquated" Burgess Creek double chairlift.

John F. Russell: The drive to win is lacking

It's disappointing to think that Sunday is here, and I won't be watching the Denver Broncos drive toward another Super Bowl title. But in Steamboat Springs, it's hard to dwell on things like football games.

Transcendence

Skiers adapt to the powder

"God, it's great to be alive!" Craig Kennedy exulted this week. "Every year, some of my friends say, 'Ah, I think I'm over it.' But I'm less over it every year. I don't think I'll ever get over it."

Our View: Give Bush some credit

At Issue: Bush's immigration reform proposal Our View: President's plan may be politically motivated, but at least it ignites the debate.

Routt County: A roadie's reality check

Stagecoach resident parties with the Stones, rides with the cowboys

The day after Thanksgiving in 1994, Steve Chambers, now 34, stepped off a plane in Miami with a full beard and a rucksack.

Learning to speak up

Speech team helps high school students gain confidence

From winning laughs to winning arguments, members of the Steamboat Springs High School speech team say they are learning skills that improve communication, develop open mindedness and boost confidence.

Reintroduction of lynx encouraging

Skiers weren't the last ones to get fresh tracks on Independence Pass before it closed for the winter. Still making tracks between Colorado's two tallest mountains are resident lynx who now roam the steep, rugged pass year-round. Through the snowy months ahead, the endangered cats' pawprints will blaze across avalanche chutes that no extreme skier would attempt.

Transactions for Dec. 30-Jan. 5

MINERVA HOLDINGS, LLC TO SMITS, RON AND SMITS, TRACEY FOR WILLOWS AT STEAMBOAT SPRINGS LOT: 9 - $345,000

No horsing around

Necessity breeds invention for small-business owner

Cathy Neelan likes nothing better than introducing young children to their first horseback riding experience. However, when she put her young friend Lars on the back of her crotchety old friend Merlin, there was a problem.

Alpine Vista nears completion

Townhomes blend Old West style, modern amenities

After renting an Alpine Vista townhome during a vacation to Steamboat Springs, New Jersey residents Bill and Jamie Paley soon decided to purchase a unit in the complex.

Births for Jan. 11, 2004

Sydney Rayne Bennett, daughter of Melissa and Devin Bennett of Fort Collins, was born at 1:42 p.m. Dec. 4, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Steven and Cindy Mead of Phippsburg, and Hal and Linda Bennett of Hayden.

Ellison -- Sinclair

Dan and Kitty Ellison of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Clare Ellison, to Scott Sinclair, son of Kent and Katy Sinclair of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Nein -- Davey

Kevin and Shirley Nein of Greeley announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Nein, to Bryan Davey, son of Pat and Kim Davey of Steamboat Springs.

Redmond -- Cambron

Doug and Beth Redmond, formerly of Stagecoach, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Mae Redmond to Robert Allen Cambron II.

Organs: Ultimate gifts

Woman's donation after death gave life to four

It is clear from the letters, flowers and small balloons that still appear on Michelle Barnett's grave that she gave much in life.

Camerotas two tough to beat in Nordic

It had been a year since Eric and Brett Camerota competed in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat skiers enjoy nearly perfect day for racing

Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for Steamboat Springs Alpine director Tony Nunnikhoven.

Steamboat Sailors stay hot on the ice

For the second-straight game, the Steamboat Springs hockey team looked the part of league title contender.

Canadian jumpers back

Saturday was a sensational day to fly above downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Jan. 11, 2004

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.

Edna Eileen O'Neal (1935-2004)

Oak Creek resident Edna Eileen O'Neal passed away Dec. 31, 2003, at her home. She was 68.

Robert A. Brown (1925-2004)

Former Oak Creek resident Robert A. Brown died Jan. 7, 2004, at Graham Hospital in Canton, Ill. He was 79.

H.G. 'Greg' Isbill (1930-2004)

H.G. "Greg" Isbill died of cancer Jan. 6, 2004.

South Routt Calendar for Jan. 11, 2004

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story hour is at 10 to 11 a.m. For questions, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Routt County Spotlight: Randy Klauzer

Randy Klauzer Age: 55 Occupation: Lawyer Place of birth: North Dakota