News for Saturday, May 1, 2004

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It's a kids' thing

Strings in the Mountains' Youth Touring Program teaches and entertains

The group of first-graders rushed to the stage and surrounded musician John Fisher last week.

Building costs soaring

Steel, lumber prices have risen 50 to 70 percent in past year

China's economy is heating up -- and the indirect result is an increase in the cost of building a home in Routt County.

Will Hayden boom bust?

Thousands of new homes are planned, but existing units are selling slowly

It's happening in Basalt. It already happened in the Eagle Valley.

Caroline Rose McLaughlin

Caroline Rose McLaughlin, daughter of Lauren and Donald McLaughlin of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:20 p.m. on April 21, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Cosette McLaughlin. Her grandparents are Sylvia Gemmill of St. Augustine, Fla., John Beversluis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Donald and Mary McLaughlin of Ramsey, N.J.

Taking the leap of faith

Women searching for those perfect jobs decide to create them for themselves

Tamara Bereznak moved to Oak Creek with her husband in 1977 and started working at a ski shop in Steamboat Springs.

An oasis

When the weekend hits and the weather doesn't cooperate with your plans, hop in the car and head west for a mud-season getaway to Utah

The weather forecast indicates the temperature will just get into the 60s in Steamboat Springs today, and that makes residents gaze west to the red rock canyons of southeastern Utah for a mud-season getaway.

Real Estate Transactions for April 19-26

SOUTHARD, JOHN J. AND SOUTHARD, SHARON A. TO HALSTROM, DAN V. AND HALSTROM, REBECCA A. FOR EVERGREENS, FILING NO. 2 LOT: 12 - $505,000

Hayden boom slow to take off

It's happening in Basalt. It already happened in the Eagle Valley. Following the trend of small towns near ski resorts, Hayden is now beginning to see people moving its way. Hayden is being eyed for major growth with several subdivision proposals, including a major 2,000-home, golf-course development. Some say a population explosion is imminent, while others are unconvinced.

Waiting for W. Nile

Routt County bracing for disease's outbreak

West Nile Virus was detected in 2,947 people in Colorado last year -- by far more cases than in any other state.

In the service for May 2

Army Reserve Pvt. Andrew S. Bixby has graduated from the heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic advanced individual training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Our View: URP deserves consideration

Surely there will be critics of the new Urban Renewal Plan proposed by a group of business leaders to improve the area near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. But we would challenge those critics with a simple question -- what's the alternative?

Hands-on experience, high school credit

On Friday, the hoods were up and a crowd was gathering.

New life for old base area?

Urban Renewal Authority sought to fund improvements

Amidst the tangle of buildings and strange street intersections at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, there is no truer ski-in, ski-out condominium project than the Thunderhead Lodge. Yet, its owners hope to demolish it in favor of a more contemporary building some day.

Van Fletcher: No to raising taxes

As I understand it, the city government has asked voters to approve a city property tax -- not once but twice -- in past elections. Both times, the voters turned down the requests. Some voters remembered the city promised not to promote a property tax if voters approved an additional sales tax in the early 1990s. Now, the city has formed a committee to help determine how they can obtain more revenue or reintroduce a city property tax again.

Steamboat sees record-setting first-quarter median sales

The first quarter of 2004 marked a record high median price for real estate sales in the area covered by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Building Transactions for April 19-26

SOUTHARD, JOHN J. AND SOUTHARD, SHARON A. TO HALSTROM, DAN V. AND HALSTROM, REBECCA A. FOR EVERGREENS, FILING NO. 2 LOT: 12 - $505,000

Rob, Denise and Kirt Whitney: Thank you for Rob

We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us through Rob Whitney's encounter with cancer.

Routt County Spotlight: Debbie Gooding

Debbie Gooding Age: 51 Occupation: Director of Admission and Student Services at Lowell Whiteman Primary School

Cassidy Dru Wall

Cassidy Dru Wall, daughter of Kelda Combs Wall and Michael Wall of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:55 p.m. on April 23, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20.75 inches long. Her sibling is Tatum Combs Wall. Her grandparents are Marian and David Combs of Steamboat Springs, and Mary and Elmer Wall of Omaha, Neb.

Business briefs for May 2

Erik Preusse, who has served as the investor relations and media relations officer for American Skiing Co., has left the company.

Dan R. DeLacy: Having it backward

The Routt County Board of Commissioners recently has suggested using the old downtown courthouse for county offices and constructing a new (less prestigious) building to house courtrooms in the light industrial area at the west end of town.

Sound off for May 2

Construction to resume Rising prices in steel and other materials caused the developer and general contractor to value engineers and subsequently renegotiate their construction contract. This being accomplished, it is expected that construction will resume about May 15.

Briefs for May 2

Student to attend national conference Steamboat Springs

Building costs soaring

Lumber, steel prices drive cost of construction up

China's economy is heating up -- and the indirect result is an increase in the cost of building a home in Routt County. The industrialization of the world's most populace country is demanding more and more steel, causing precipitous cost increases in the international marketplace. Suddenly, everything from 16-penny nails to sheets of corrugated roofing material cost 50 percent to even 70 percent more than they did in 2003.

Steamboat enjoys record-setting first-quarter sales

The first quarter of 2004 marked a record high median price for real estate sales in the area covered by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Long day, fast finishes

Records broken at 10-hour Clint Wells Invitational

It isn't uncommon for Soroco track coach Gary Heide to be rendered speechless by the1,600-meter relay team. But on Saturday, he was so nervous after watching the quartet of Trevor Ellis, Kory Babcock, Carl Remick and Andy deGanahl run that he couldn't do simple math.

Luther Leon Wilson (1923-2004)

Yampa resident Luther Leon Wilson died March 29, 2004. He was 80.

The Record for May 2

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.

Democrats gather for assembly

At the Routt County Democratic Party's county assembly Saturday, local liberals continued to show their support for the Salazar brothers' Congressional campaigns.

Voters return to polls

Oak Creek race brings up

Two years after voters in the Oak Creek Fire Protection District doubled a property tax that supports the district, they will return to the polls to choose three board members from four candidates.

Lynne Heilbron: 'Passion' letters

Mr. Blau, What I wrote concerning the film "The Passion of the Christ" (March 3, 2004) is certainly not "dangerous" unless you draw lines where none exist. I look beyond the conspiring high priests, the spineless Pontius Pilate, the cruel Roman soldiers and all in the crowd yelling, "Crucify him," those who happened to be living at that time.

Business news in brief for May 2, 2004

Erik Preusse, who has served as the investor relations and media relations officer for American Skiing Co., has left the company. Senior financial analyst David Hirasawa has assumed responsibility for those functions.

John F. Russell: It's about more than ski jumps

Ever stop for a moment and wonder what Steamboat Springs would have been like without the likes of Carl Howelsen or the jumps that are named after him?