News for Tuesday, January 20, 2004



Loretta Van Norstrand: Pleased with study

I am very pleased that there will be a committee to study the city's tax structure.

Happenings for Jan. 21., 2004

WEDNESDAY n Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes a snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

Elkins Meadow final plat up for review

A city planning commissioner's request has the controversial Elkins Meadow development back in public review as it seeks approval for a final subdivision plat.

2004 Winter Carnival Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 4: 5:30 p.m., Opening Ceremonies at Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Chamber Ambassadors and Pepsi Cola. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants and Little Princesses, the Grand Marshal and if we're lucky, a special appearance by the Lighted Man.

Fund Board meeting tonight

Board will present community with 'State of the Fund'

A day after President Bush presented the nation with his State of the Union address, the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board will present the community with a version of its own.

Cowboys ride 'em downhill

It took Lance Kelly, a bareback rider from Stephenville, Texas, all of 20 minutes to learn to ski upon arriving in Steamboat Springs for the 30th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill.

Newspaper Web site honored

Steamboat Homefinder wins national award from NAA

Steamboat Homefinder has been named the best real estate Web site in the nation among newspapers its size by the Newspaper Association of America.

City eyes land annexation

Planner wants zone change for land at Thornburg, Yahmonite

The Steamboat Springs City Council wants to see a comprehensive plan for annexing land into the city as opposed to a piece-meal process proposed by one developer.

The Record for Jan. 21

Monday, Jan. 19 12:33 a.m. A man was arrested on U.S. Highway 40 near the Hampton Inn on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fund Board hears ideas

The kickoff to the Education Fund Board's annual budgeting cycle began Wednesday when the Steamboat Springs School District's administrative team presented its funding recommendations to each Fund Board commission.

Residents rave about ski trail

Three or four times a week, Pauline Kopsa puts on her Nordic skis and kicks around Hayden's new cross country skiing and snowshoeing trail. She glides down the small hills for a breather, but her heart continues beating heavily.

Doolin, Rolando, Gates take first

The Hayden wrestling team placed third, and Soroco came in seventh at the Western Slope League Tournament on Saturday in Meeker.

Soroco girls team splits weekend games

The Soroco girls basketball team picked up its first league win of the season against Meeker on Friday.

Soroco plays solid in games

One night after losing a tough game against Meeker, the Soroco boys basketball team responded by defeating North Park for the second time in less than a month.

The Blotter for Jan. 21

Wednesday, Jan. 14 12:04 p.m. A car caught fire in the 300 block of Santa Fe Drive. The owner reportedly had started the car after pouring antifreeze into the radiator, and then turned the car off and went inside his home. A few moments later, a neighbor knocked on the door saying his car was on fire. The car was completely engulfed, and the owner's van caught fire, too.

Community calendar for Jan. 21

Beginning square dance class offered Fridays The Green Ridge Mountaineers Square Dance Club is starting a new class for beginning square dancers at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Hayden Congregational Church. Classes are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 5. Call 879-3521 or 824-6062.

Briefs for Wednesday, Jan. 21

Horizons seeks volunteers for adaptive ski program Horizons Specialized Services needs volunteers for its annual adaptive ski program.

The Record for Thursday, Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 20 9:27 a.m. Check fraud was reported in the 1900 block of Shield Drive. The case is being investigated.

Oak Creek considers a raise

Town Board will consider raising the mayor's salary

The Oak Creek Town Board will consider raising the mayor's salary to $1,100 a month from $90 a month.

Evaluation-based pay system pilot begins

More than a dozen Steamboat Springs School District teachers are participating in a new test of the district's evaluation-based pay system.

Susan Mizen, David Freseman, Ruth Ann Mewborn and Robin Heide: Thanks for help

Once again the Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who gave of their time or money to make this year's Christmas Kettle Campaign a success. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we raised $8,649, which is $1,800 more than last year, to help families with things such as dental bills, prescription medications, utilities, car repairs and school supplies. In 2003, the Salvation Army helped more than 60 families who had nowhere else to turn. Because of the success of the kettle campaign, we will be able to help at least as many families in 2004.

Museum board gets good start

The Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board has held its initial meeting, and board members said they are looking forward to the work ahead.

Negotiations under way

North Routt school hopes for extended contract

Officials for both the Steamboat Springs School District and North Routt Community Charter School say good-faith negotiations are under way toward the extension of the charter school's operating contract.

Visitor numbers to drop

Occupancy should be about 62 percent this weekend

Steamboat Springs saw more tourists last weekend than the weekend before, but the number will drop again this weekend.

Suspect granted continuance

Man is charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault

A 36-year-old man charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault was granted a 30-day continuance so evidence could be examined.

Motorist pleads guilty to harassment

A motorist who struck and seriously injured a man in 2002 was back in court Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to a harassment charge and a bail-bond violation related to the vehicular assault case was dismissed.

Residents brace for Xcel

Connie Bell won't stand for it, literally. She said she would pack her bags and leave the home she grew up in if Xcel Energy builds a railroad on her property.

Briefs for Thursday, Jan. 22

Police yet to arrest person who mailed possible drugs The person who mailed a package containing 86 grams of suspected cocaine to Celebrity Resorts has yet to be arrested.

Our View: The bad karma question

In serving the city with a $49 million lawsuit, former Steamboat Springs City Council candidate Marcus Williams said the council's decision to turn down the liquor license for his proposed jazz bar would bring bad karma to everyone involved.