News for Saturday, March 20, 2004



Our View: Replacing tennis center

There should be little debate -- Steamboat Springs' indoor tennis facility is a significant community asset. The question for the city of Steamboat is just how valuable an asset it is in comparison to the investment the city will have to make to replace it.

John de Wardt: Unnecessary financial burdens

The recent actions by the Routt County commissioners seem to have exposed us to significant financial burdens without any clear logic.

Loui Antonucci: I apologize

During a rather impassioned debate at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, I inadvertently used the name of a local business while trying to make a point.

Spring has sprung

Skiers evaluate warm weather, snow conditions

Spring skiing is in full bloom at least seven to 10 days early in Steamboat and surf's up at Thunderhead Beach.

Sound off for March 21

The Airport Layout Plan revision that Walter Scott is asking to be revised would cost the community in excess of $100,000 to perform. It is not a "community plan" type of exercise. It has mandated requirements from the FAA that have to be performed. The FAA will fund the plan if it is done in its timetable -- i.e. 2009. An internal memo that city staff is correctly saying has no real bearing on future plans, is being confused with the Airport Master Plan. It would be irresponsible of the city to perform an ALP now as changes in the industry would make it obsolete within two years and the costs would be prohibitive.

John F. Russell: Races, yes, but also so much more

Hundreds of young skiers came to Steamboat Springs in search of Junior Olympic glory last week. But thanks to the work of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine Director Tony Nunnikhoven and his staff, the children left with a whole lot more.

Alternative approach to education

Teacher provides different classroom atmosphere to South Routt students

Don Williams, 46, was always the shortest kid in high school. At 5-foot-3, he looked up to most of his peers.

Transactions for March 8-15

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Behind the headlines: What's next with big-box retail?

Paul Strong is a Steamboat Springs City Council member and author of an ordinance placing a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail development within the city limits.

Hayden home burglarized

A Hayden resident's home was burglarized late Friday or early Saturday. Two windows were broken and $60 in cash was taken.

Pandora's big box

City struggles with ways to manage chain stores

When the Steamboat Springs City Council enacted a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail Tuesday night, it did so with the knowledge that an even bigger tasked loomed.

South Routt calendar for March 21

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.

A Steamboat sweep

Lodwick, Jones, Spillane take K-90 podium for themselves

It's warm. It's March. It's the final weekend of the 2004 season for the country's best Nordic combined and special jumpers. But this is also Steamboat Springs, and the hometown guys aren't interested in sharing the podium with anyone else -- no matter the conditions or time of year.

Competing with Gart

Retailers tell tale of survival

Eli Robertson has some sobering words for independent sporting goods retailers in Steamboat Springs that are anticipating the arrival of Gart Sports:

Business briefs for March 21

Grand Summit Resort Properties Inc., has announced its auction of fractional ownership inventory at the Canyons Grand Summit Resort Hotel in Park City, Utah, in February was a sell out.

Avon Home Depot dwarfs Gart Sports

Gart Sports' future 20,000-square-foot store in Wildhorse Marketplace is emblematic of big-box retail in Steamboat Springs, but a trip south to the neighboring ski town of Avon serves as a reminder that "big" is a relative term.

A True Value

Store owners open to multiple possibilities

The Steamboat True Value building will be vacant in about a month when the business takes the place of Curve Market, but the building's owners expect a new tenant soon.

Permits for March 8-12

Steamboat Springs Harold Burkhalter 2771 Abbey Road Mountain View Homes Single-family residence $232,332

Class Notes for March 21

Nick Driver, a 1997 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, earned a spot on the dean's list at the University of Colorado at Boulder for the fall semester of 2003. Driver, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be included on the list.

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis: My decision

Last week, I announced that I would not seek to replace Ben Nighthorse Campbell in the U.S. Senate and instead will join the law firm of Hogan and Hartson upon leaving Congress.

Positive thinking

Steamboat skier puts her 'Stamp' on final events of festival

Ashley Stamp arrived at the Sitz/SeeMe racecourse Saturday morning determined to earn a gold medal in this year's J4 Junior Olympic Festival.

John Lloyd Kuntz (1924-2004)

Lifelong Oak Creek resident John Kuntz died March 13, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center. He was 79.

Frank John Salazar (1930-2004)

Longtime Oak Creek resident Frank John Salazar died March 8, 2004. He was 73.

Mark D. Sanders: No big box

As a part-time resident of Steamboat Springs, I would like to offer an opinion on the big-box controversy: Keep them out.

Susan Viet: Come home

Friday marked the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and the Bush administration is eager to congratulate itself on a job well done.

McConnell takes 4 of 5 third-place wins

If not for losing a ski in his second slalom race Friday, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club racer Ryan McConnell might have taken every third-place medal in this week's J4 Junior Olympic Festival.

Utah's Camerota a welcome change

Two faces on the Nordic combined podium were familiar, but the third was a new and welcome one.

The Record for March 21

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.

Wintry plunge brings in $35,000

Proceeds from Penguin Plunge go toward innovative medical device

Wearing bathing suits, grass skirts and coconut bras, 61 people basked in Saturday's warm, sunny weather -- and then jumped into the 39-degree water of a half-frozen pool.

The lure of learning

South Routt carnival entices students with free books

It's said that nothing in life is free, but 134 South Routt youngsters would disagree.

Growth expected on Anglers Drive

The imaginary line that separates Steamboat Springs' downtown and mountain areas will be blurred further as Anglers Drive continues to grow as an in-between commercial center.

Child care faces 'trilemma'

Parents looking for affordable, accessible and quality care

Tami Havener's office phone started ringing early Tuesday morning.