News for Saturday, March 13, 2004

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Learning the lay of the land

Yampa ranger brings experience, philosophy to Routt National Forest

Growing up on a ranch in West Texas, where his family ran almost 1,000 head of cattle on three 26-square-mile ranches, Oscar Martinez quickly learned about managing land and dealing with natural occurrences such as serious drought.

Our View: Faulty logic behind effort

It's ironic that at a time when the state is struggling to figure out how to pay for public education, the House majority leader is trying to outlaw Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education.

Sales tax proves to be vulnerable

Legislators, school officials fight to keep Education Fund legal

Several events over the past few years served as reminders that the city's half-cent sales tax for education is not built on a rock-solid foundation.

The Record for March 14

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.

transactions for March 14

DECKER, PAUL A. AND DECKER, KAREN F. TO REED, TIMOTHY A. AND CLOW, JILL A. FOR LOT: 3 SEC 13-T8N-R86W LOT: 3 SEC 14-T8N-R86W AND IN TRACT 78, T8N-R86W - $372,000

SoBe it

Skiers, riders hit Mavericks Superpipe

Lex and Tori Carrigan-Koski, 17-year-old fraternal twins and members of the Steamboat Mavericks Freeride Team, won the men's and women's open snowboarding divisions at the third annual SoBe Maverick's Superpipe Challenge, collectively winning $4,000 -- a reason to celebrate.

Flattops Water deal finds buyers, awaits claiming water rights

Buyers in Eagle County are in line for $5 million of Routt County water, but the project that would provide it has yet to be approved and is facing concerns from water users and officials.

A hut experience for first-timers

Never Summer Nordic offers milder backcountry yurt experience

A backcountry hut trip doesn't have to be an ordeal.

Celebrating Steamboat's diversity

A West African man sat toward the front of the class, slowly growing more and more embarrassed. His teacher, Anne Lushine, had asked him a simple question, "Do you like the snow?"

Spotlight: Randall Hannaway

Randall Hannaway Age: 40 Occupation: Real estate broker Place of birth: Des Moines, Iowa

Briefs for March 14

Daschle named to dean's list Steamboat springs Cadet Michael Daschle, the son of Dave and Cheri Daschle of Steamboat Springs, was named to the dean's list at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Daschle is concentrating his studies in philosophy and plans to graduate in May, after which he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

Briths for March 13

Abigail Rose Linner, daughter of Laurel and David Linner of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:55 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Larry and Leslie Herchline of Plain City, Ohio, and David and Evie Linner of Stillwater, Minn.

Exchange students have 'big' fun

Swedish children get taste of America while staying with host families in Steamboat

Big. From our buildings to our cars to our meals, "big" is the adjective a group of Swedish students will use to describe America to their friends and families back home.

Brett KenCairn: Support alternatives

Having grown up and worked in community development and natural resource stewardship in small towns across the West (originally a Wyoming native), I am deeply familiar with the culture and social and economic development dynamics of small Western communities.

Ben Beall: Emerald significant

The Emerald Mountain Project is a significant and long-term benefit for the residents and visitors of Routt County. The project, 10 years in the making, to limit development on the 6,300-acre State Land Board parcel and open this parcel for public use, is complicated.

Steve Lewis: Bringing in chains takes money out of the valley

Competition makes you better. Thus, recent articles conclude Gart Sports will be good for Steamboat Springs. Sure, the national chain store will bring lower prices, spur local merchants to provide better service, and plug some of our leakage of sales to other communities. But look a little deeper, and you may become a skeptic.

Extension may never take off

City staff: No plans to extend runway in near future; report tells different story

City officials continue to say they have no intention of extending the runway at the Steamboat Springs Airport any time soon, but a September report indicates otherwise.

Calendar for March 14

Monday, March 15 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Ronald Glenn Koehler (1922-2004)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Ron Koehler passed away March 6, 2004. He was 81.

Nation's best ski jumpers face off

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick was hanging out on a beach in Hawaii on Saturday, relaxing after another busy winter of World Cup competition.

John F. Russell: Athletes jumping into spring, the future

Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Clint Jones going head to head on the jumps in Steamboat Springs.

Ava Winkler: A home's tribute

A historic house in Oak Creek is gone. A home recently was built after our old home was torn down, but I wanted to say a few words in honor of our old place.

Permits for March 14

Steamboat Springs Classic Homes, Inc. 931 Falling Water Lane Owner/Contractor Single-family residence $472,140

Spring at the pump

Gasoline prices could hit $2 a gallon in Spring

With gas prices threatening to break through the $2 ceiling this spring, residents may feel the crunch when fueling up, but tourists are not expected to cut out Steamboat Springs travel plans.

Atlanta flights 90 percent full

More than 26,670 travelers flew into YVRA in February

Yampa Valley Regional Airport saw its second busiest February in five years when 26,670 passengers disembarked from arriving commercial flights last month. Arriving passengers outnumbered February 2003 by more than 1,900.

Sound off for March 14

Courthouse will contribute It is frustrating to see this community spend thousands of dollars and hours researching, developing and implementing a community plan that is then disregarded by our county commissioners. When the new courthouse was defeated last November, it wasn't necessarily because of the proposed location. I think our residents have been very clear through the community planning process that a vibrant downtown center is important. A courthouse downtown will contribute to the community plan that so many people have invested in. With all of this community input, why would the commissioners look to an alternate site out of town? It seems they are discounting the thoughts and efforts of their constituents.

Builders in self-help program feel 'blessed'

Self-help housing brought renters' dream of homeownership to life

Building a home in Steamboat Springs seemed like an unrealistic dream for Matt Irvin.

RALF turns to area towns for self-help housing

Program could shut down if there's no participation

Low- to moderate-income residents interested in building a home in Hayden or Oak Creek have the opportunity to do so with a program that can save them tens of thousands of dollars.