News for Monday, March 29, 2004



Analysis: Pay system to cost

District needs extra $600K annually to fund evaluation-based system

The Steamboat Springs School District will need to find an additional $600,000 in revenue per year for the next decade to fund an evaluation-based pay system for its employees, according to a financial analysis by a Denver auditor.

Snowmobiler moved ski trail signs

During mid-March, somebody on a snowmobile moved markers on the Hogan Park Trail to lead cross country skiers and snowshoers off the marked route.

News in Brief for March 30

Officials say residents should expect smoky skies Routt County officials are warning residents that smoky skies will be common during the next few months.

Hockey player faces old team

Steamboat's Higbee heads to Marquette, where he used to play

Finding the motivation to win this week at the 2004 National Midget Hockey Championships in Marquette, Mich., will not be a problem for Steamboat goaltender Tim Higbee.

Dan Atkins-Buddy builder

Children's gymnastics coach strengthens more than bodies

Walk into the Steamboat Gymnastics Center and listen. You'll hear children laughing and calling for "Mr. Dan," aka Dan Atkins. "The kids love Mr. Dan," Terry Vande Veld said. "He makes the kids feel good about themselves, and they want to do their best for him."

Kerry Kerrigan-Inspiring others

In and out of the classroom, Kerrigan leads by example

Kerry Kerrigan was relaxing on a rock by the Yampa River one day last summer, enjoying the sun and watching a group of children playing in the water when she noticed something no one else did: One of the children, a young girl, seemed to be caught in the Charlie's Hole rapids.

Gretchen Sehler-Looking for adventure

Whether she's biking, skiing or gardening, Sehler goes all out

If you follow the meandering roads of the Fairview subdivision, there is an outside chance you will stumble into Gretchen Sehler's back yard. It's a small piece of land just past the long, dirt driveway that leads to a home that seems to be perfectly suited for Sehler, Marc, her husband of more than 15 years, and their Australian shepherd, Mica.

Ernie Jenkins-Fields of dreams

Jenkins keeps parks pristine for everyone to enjoy them

Ernie Jenkins, the man paid to maintain the places where others seek peace, finds solitude in the Yampa River Botanic Park. "It is so beautiful and scenic down there in the summer," Jenkins said. "It has ponds and waterfalls. It is really a beautiful little place. It's my favorite park."

Jo Semotan-Steamboat's poster child

Semotan embodies spirit of Ski Town USA in all she does

When winter comes, it wraps Josephine Anne Semotan's North Routt ranch in snow. The untouched white layers rise high on the hills and dampen noise from the few trucks that pass on the winding road. Semotan, 65, prefers the quiet hills, as drives into Steamboat Springs only remind her of how much the old cow town has changed.

City closing in on pet crematorium purchase

With a $34,000 check from the Rainbow Bridge Group in hand, the city of Steamboat Springs is expected to purchase a pet crematorium this week.

Steamboat man charged in stabbing

A 34-year-old man reportedly was stabbed twice late Sunday night during a fight on Riverside Drive. One man has been arrested.

The Record for March 30

Sunday, March 28 2:09 a.m. A fight was reported in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. A 27-year-old man went to jail on charges of third-degree assault.

WSC struts its stuff at Angelfire

If it wasn't already obvious that the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboarding program is one of the best in the country, it is now.

Bluebirds begin to show age

City of Steamboat seeks bid for new commuter buses

The four Bluebird buses that Steamboat Springs Transit uses to ferry commuters back and forth between Steamboat and Craig were never intended for 100-mile round trips in a wintry climate. Now, the city of Steamboat Springs is seeking bids for two or three replacement buses that could make mass transit more appealing.

Beetle infestation likely

Outbreaks spreading as 'rapidly as is biologically feasible'

With persisting drought and high temperatures, forest and county officials are preparing for beetle infestations at a scale that the county has not seen for a century or more.