News for Sunday, January 25, 2004

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The Record for Jan. 26

2:55 a.m. Police responded to a call for a welfare check at Levelz in Ski Time Square, where they arrested a man for unlawful sexual contact.

Tom Ross: Carrots, ping-pong balls and knock-knock jokes

Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo, helped to raise a generation of American children

I lost one of the best friends I never met last week when Bob Keeshan died at the age of 76 in Windsor, Vt. I am told that as a 2-year-old in San Antonio, Texas, one of my most oft repeated phrases was, "Wanna see 'Roo!" Roo, of course, was Captain Kangaroo of the famed children's TV show, who happened to be Keeshan's alter ego. Every day at 8 a.m., he calmly endured ping-pong ball barrages at the hands of a puppet named Mr. Moose. The moose always unleashed the ping-pong balls immediately after telling an exceptionally bad knock-knock joke.

Enrichment series expands

Alpine Enrichment's spring season will include writers' workshops

As it nears the second half of its third season, Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Enrichment Program continues to expand.

Briefs for Jan. 26

The Downtown Business Association is seeking sponsors for the annual Winter Carnival snow sculptures, to be built by Steamboat Springs and Christian Heritage high school students. Three snow sculpture judges also are needed. Sponsorships are $50 and sponsors also are asked to provide hot chocolate for the sculptors while they build. Snow will arrive on Feb. 4 and sculptures will be built and judged on Feb. 5. Call 870-6778.

Colorado Ski for Women a success

Despite blustery winter weather on Sunday, the third annual Colorado Ski for Women was a wild success -- literally.