News for Saturday, May 15, 2004

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First-timer takes Soap Box Derby

Megan Rae sat at the top of Rockies Way in her light blue derby car, wished her opponent good luck and tucked her head. Then she waited for the metal stopper to drop and her car to start rolling.

Running away with the title

Steamboat girls claim first ever 4A regional title

In February, at the beginning of the track and field season, Steamboat Springs coach Andy Reust said he thought his girls team had the talent to win a regional championship.

Pizza shop owners toss in the dough

Taylor family ready to retire; looking for new owners to take reins at Dinty Moore's

When Clare and Charlie Taylor bought Dinty Moore's Pizza in 1996, they added Taylor Made to the name, but tried to keep the recipes and the atmosphere more or less the same.

Jean Fritz: No to median art

I don't think sculptures on the median strip is a good idea. I would think they could be a distraction to drivers, and also what happens when someone plows into them and causes damage? Who will foot the repair bill?

Rams rewrite record books

Five school records fall; Soroco leaves mark in Junction

Go ahead and take a red pen to the Soroco track and field record books because somewhere between Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon the Rams broke five school records by turning the Stocker Stadium surface into their own personal speedway.

Competition tight for Hayden runners

With all due respect to the rest of the Class 2A regions statewide, the Hayden track and field team is certain the region it just competed in is the best, particularly on the boys' side.

Behind the Headlines: What does the zoning update mean?

Chad Phillips (pictured) and John Eastman are staff planners in the Routt County Planning Department.

Water debate rages

Opponents not willing to negotiate with city

When the city of Steamboat Springs goes before the Colorado Water Conservation Board on May 26, it will have both the comfort of history and the threat of the unknown.

Our View: Budget needs to be fixed

State Senate President John Andrews' comments on a possible special session are emblematic of the partisan political stubbornness that brought the legislative session to an end without a plan to address the state's budget woes.

Close finishes in Cog Run

For most runners, the steep climb up Hayden's Cog Road is a demanding jumpstart to the summer running series.

Plan to boost accommodation tax being formulated

A tentative proposal for a 2 percent increase in city accommodation tax is just one piece of what could become a permanent funding solution for year-round air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The other pieces of the funding puzzle are not in place and may not be known for another six weeks, chamber lodging committee members said this week.

Heather Yeager: Teen pregnancy

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Teen pregnancy can have dire consequences to teen mothers and fathers.

Lessons from a dinosaur

Sara the Safety-Saur-Us stopped in Steamboat to teach kids

Jeff Brown is used to the stares. You could even say the retired firefighter enjoys the attention -- so much so that he'll pull out a video camera and stare right back.

Rafting is good -- for now

Early runoff could mean short season for whitewater businesses

Early spring runoff is creating an excellent month for rafting, but it could mean a short season. The fun rapids are providing memorable experiences for rafters -- what few are around to enjoy them, said Kent Vertrees, owner of rafting company Buggywhips at Blue Sky West.

Lloyd Monger (1916-2004)

Routt County has lost another of its pioneers. Lloyd Phillip Monger peacefully passed away on May 6, 2004, at his home of 57 years on the Lower Elk River. His caring family surrounded him.

Sally J. TeStrake: Pro-choice march

It was an exciting and most memorable occasion to join with my sister and her husband in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, April 25, to walk the National Mall, past the White House and down Pennsylvania Avenue with nearly a million like-minded citizens.

Michele Burns: Support water rights

The city of Steamboat Springs and dedicated river lovers have taken the first step toward protecting the Yampa Valley's water resources and economic opportunities.

Dalton Eugene Duncan

Dalton Eugene Duncan, son of Sarah and Jeff Duncan of Craig, was born at 9:16 p.m. on May 7, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 5.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Larry and Cheryl Dalton of Craig, and Ken and Mary Duncan of Craig.

Buddhists find a new home

New center provides permanent space for growing group

It seems a strange path to enlightenment -- down the long, high-traffic, carpeted hallway of an office building -- but to the members of Steamboat Springs' Buddhist community, it's perfect. And it's home.

Soroco runner has personal best in 1,600

Soroco sophomore Kieran Corrigan picked the perfect time to have the race of his young track life.

Sound off for May 16

I take exception to last Saturday's headline, "Coors enters race as moderate." There is nothing moderate about his platform. Peter Coors is a right-wing conservative, and it is onerous that your paper would attempt to portray him otherwise.

Buff Pass lots offer 'increasingly rare' opportunity

Of six lots left near the top of Buffalo Pass, four 35-acre parcels are being offered for sale.

Steamboat to send trio of boys to state

It was slated to be Tyler O'Leary and the girls, but Steamboat Springs senior Tyler Johnson and sophomore Walker Hammond responded to the regional challenge and placed high enough in their respective events to qualify for next weekend's state meet.

The Record for May 16

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.

Class Notes for May 16

The following individuals living in Routt County completed the requirements for their respective degrees and/or certificates and graduated from the college during a ceremony held April 30:

South Routt calendar for May 16

The Oak Creek preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 736-8371.

Chadwick builder ready to resume

The developer of a six-story luxury condominium tower across the street from the Steamboat gondola said he expects construction to resume within 60 days. In the meantime, two subcontractors have filed liens against Richard Friedman's Chadwick project.

Claire Ann Hoffman

Claire Ann Hoffman, daughter of Bethany and Barry Hoffman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:03 p.m. on May 8, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are JoAnn and Richard Meaney of Maui, Hawaii, and Linda and Marty Hoffman of Springville, N.Y.

Grace Elissa Schoen

Grace Elissa Schoen, daughter of Dianna and John Schoen of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:51 p.m. on May 7, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Roger and Marian Westra, and Ray and Arden Schoen.

Lance Eldridge: The actions of a few

Surprisingly, two important aspects of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal remain unexplored in the media's lemming rush for higher ratings.

Delta may add Cincinnati flight

Carrier contemplates weekly, nonguaranteed 757

Delta Airlines is considering flying a Boeing 757 between Cincinnati and Yampa Valley Regional Airport next ski season.

Nancy Irene Dillingham

Former Oak Creek resident Nancy Dillingham passed away March 26, 2004, at her home. She was 67.