News for Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Briefs for March 31

Stahoviak recovers from second knee surgery Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is at Doak Walker Care Center recovering from her second of four knee surgeries.

Soroco boys track opens season in style

The members of the Soroco track and field team have been talking about a successful season since the preseason -- and it began to take form Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Sailors girls track finishes 5th

Steamboat track and field coach Andy Reust was "shocked" when he received the final results and saw that the Sailor girls finished fifth at the Hotchkiss Invitational on Saturday.

Commissioners proclaim Month of the Young Child

In his four years as a Routt County commissioner, Doug Monger has seen a lot of important issues come before him.

Jim and Jo Stanko-A love for the land

Stankos put heart and soul into keeping family ranch alive

Jim and Jo Stanko. It's hard to picture one without the other. They met during Jo's freshman year at Western State College in Gunnison.

Nancy "Babe" Peckham-Delivering for Oak Creek

Longtime postmaster knows everybody's name, box number

Every now and then, Oak Creek Postmaster Nancy Peckham, known by most as "Babe," comes across a letter addressed: "To Grandpa. Oak Creek, Colorado." In a big city, those letters would go back to the sender.

Ralph Whittum-Comfort zone

Navy veteran discovers the good life patrolling Howelsen Hill

Ralph Whittum made an ill-advised attempt to escape from Steamboat Springs almost a decade ago. Itching to see more of the world, he left the Yampa Valley and obtained a master's degree in international policy studies from the Monterrey Institute.

Paul Strong-Willing to trade

Councilman gave up Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor for life in Steamboat

It's easy for City Council President Paul Strong to empathize with working-class residents who hold more than two jobs, have a house full of roommates and struggle to stay afloat. He used to be one. In his early days in Steamboat, Strong worked the gamut of entry-level, ski-bum jobs.

Tom Sharp-Steamboat's Sharp tongue

From water to schools, attorney is not afraid to speak his mind

The aspiring young attorney from small-town Colorado always had big-city aspirations. After graduating first in his class from the University of Denver College of Law, Tom Sharp took off for St. Louis in 1969 to be a clerk with a U.S. Court of Appeals judge.

Steamboat skiers have top finishes

The season came to an end last week for the elite skiers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle program.

Mad Creek bridge work to start in May

Repairs to the Mad Creek Bridge on Routt County Road 129 should be mostly complete before early June, in time for the Steamboat Springs marathon and the Fourth of July traffic.

Nord files motion to get marijuana back

If police officers take medicinal marijuana from a registered user in Colorado, the federal government has to give it back, according to the Controlled Substance Acts, state rights and individual rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

The Record for March 31

Monday, March 29 10:44 a.m. Check fraud was reported in Dream Island Plaza. The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating.

Our View: Investing in the future

At first glance, $900,000 appears to be a great deal of money to pay for two or three new buses that will serve only 50 riders a day. However, if you have glimpsed the future of the Yampa Valley, it begins to look like a wise investment.

KSBP not in danger

District officials remain confident on future of pay system

An evaluation-based pay system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers isn't in jeopardy because of a financial analysis estimating the system will cost the district $600,000 a year more than it currently pays employees, district officials said.

Rickman to retire from Haven

Lucy Rickman and Mona Weaver stuck their hands into damp, leech-infested, 3-foot-deep holes, testing to see how water percolated into the ground at the wetlands site where The Haven now sits.

Xcel Energy requesting potable H2O

Xcel Energy is requesting up to 20,000 gallons of water per day from the town of Hayden for its Hayden Station power plant.

Meet the Martins

Michael Martin is amazingly well-behaved for being less than 1 year old. He sits on his father's lap at a lopsided wooden table in the back of Full Belly Deli, munching on thin slices of American cheese, crunching sour-cream-and-onion chips and slurping pickle wedges.

Middle school wrestlers take tourney

Resurgence in numbers and commitment to winning have lifted the Hayden Middle School wrestling program back to where the coaches think it belongs -- on top.

Man accused of selling pot appears in court

One of three men arrested on suspicion of possessing almost 3 pounds of marijuana appeared in Routt County Court on Tuesday.

Liz Leipold-A passion for her mission

Leipold advocates for those who need help, in school and on the mountain

Liz Leipold can't read hiking guidebooks or maps that well. If she veers off the main road, she is careful to look behind her and observe her surroundings to avoid getting lost. Then again, Leipold seems most comfortable on the road less traveled, best seen by the way she has chosen to live her life.

County awaits Congress' TANF decision

As the U.S. Legislature discusses reauthorizing the 1996 welfare reform, Routt County officials are paying close attention to how the national issue will play out close to home.

Steamboat tops Moffat County in baseball

Five runs typically are on the board in a high school baseball game before the fans get comfortable in their seats. That wasn't the case in the sleeper between Moffat County and Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.

Mary Bramer-Eternal student

Bramer's love of learning helps charter school succeed

Mary Bramer doesn't bother adding up the hours she spends every week inside the cozy schoolhouse on Routt County Road 62. The total might be too overwhelming.

Hill Blackett Jr.-Portrait of the artist

Blackett carves powder and sculptures with grace at age 79

Hill Blackett Jr. is a worldly man. "I don't know anybody who has done as many things as he has done," said Ray McKown, a longtime friend of Blackett's. "He has done everything an adventurous person would want to do in the world."

Jill Leary-Running to the front

Leary is a pacesetter -- on the marathon course and at the bank

It's really no surprise that Jill Leary has become Steamboat Springs' first female bank president. Growing up in North Dakota and Minnesota, she always wanted to climb faster than the rest of the girls and for that matter, most of the boys.

Ann Copeland-Flying high in Hayden

Longtime resident Copeland is comfortable at the helm

Ann Copeland hasn't gone far from her childhood playground. From her office on the second floor of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal building, she can see the house her grandfather owned and imagine the wheat fields she used to run and play in where the runway now lies.

Ed and June MacArthur-No fear of heavy lifting

Strong work ethic led to MacArthurs' success; now it fuels their philanthropy

Charles "Ed" MacArthur arrived in the Northern Colorado town of Fort Collins in 1975 with hopes of finding his future somewhere inside the sterile classrooms of Colorado State University.

Housing Authority denied funding

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs denied a Routt County grant request that would help fund the local housing authority.

David May-Shouldering a heavy load

Steamboat senior refuses to let injuries, naysayers keep him off field

Steamboat Springs High School senior quarterback and linebacker David May played four years for the Sailors and heard every excuse in the book from the Front Range and big-school teams about how Steamboat athletes were spoiled and not tough because they lived in a resort town. "That's all everyone thinks we are -- skiers and cowboys," May said.

C.J. Mucklow-Fighting the good fight

Longtime extension agent works to preserve, enhance area agriculture

Curtis "C.J." Mucklow's parents were travel agents, and growing up, Mucklow got to experience the world. He traveled to Spain, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and all parts of the United States.