News for Saturday, August 6, 2005

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One step at a time

Chris Stillwell starts over again as he recovers from head injury

Chris Stillwell thinks like an athlete.

Chimney Creek offers lush, private valley

North Routt hideaway prime for hunting, haying

When Steamboat Springs is teeming with traffic and crowds, it's nice to retreat to your own private valley.

The world's 4th-best soap-box racer

Landen Mertz dazzles crowd of 3,000 at world championship races in Ohio

From the minute Landen Mertz, 12, arrived in Akron, Ohio, for the All-American Soap Box Derby World Champ�--ionships, he was treated like a king.

Exhibit Day puts spotlight on 4-H

Kalvert Shiner didn't want to make the skirt she was entering as her annual 4-H project from a traditional pattern. She wanted to go for the gusto and design her own.

Brad Lee Doriot

Yampa resident Brad Lee Doriot died suddenly at his home July 29, 2005. He was 26.

The Record for Aug. 7

Friday, Aug. 5 12:34 a.m. Juveniles were reported skateboarding and being loud in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive. Officers contacted the juveniles and gave them a verbal warning.

Scott Wedel: Bad decision

I am deeply disappointed to read that the Educational Fund Board is willing to grant money for the North Routt Community Charter School while still refusing to consider funding requests from Soutt Routt or Hayden.

Record turnout for race

Erik Sirnes sprinted from the start line, opened a lead of 200 yards within the first minute and then began to worry.

Airport control at issue

Commission weighs becoming taxing authority

Two years after its formation, the Yampa Valley Airport Commission's future role in managing Routt County's two airports is getting a closer look.

Our View: CSAP scores offer insight

We have said it before. Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores are not the only measure of the quality of our public schools.

Rick Akin, Harmon Buckland, Gene Cook, Paul Epley, Sam Haslem, Del Lockhart , Jennifer Schubert-Akin: Beware the RINOs

The full-page advertisements appearing in the Colorado Statesman and other publications entitled, "Coloradans are getting behind Referenda C & D," can't be cheap. Every one of those organizations has its hand in the public till. The barrage of radio ads and the glossy pamphlets promoting the passage of C and D are not cheap, either. You can bet that virtually every dollar paying for the expensive promotions is coming from interests that expect to get their money back from Colorado's coffers. It is a wonderful country where taxpayer money can be used to convince us to pay more taxes. After asking our representative in the State House why he was supporting a tax increase, we were told, "But there will not be any new taxes with C and D!" Excuse us, we went to school when they still taught math, reading and writing. If we taxpayers overpaid our taxes by $3 billion, we should be getting it back ... it's ours. If a referendum passes so that we don't get it back, that is a new tax.

A league of their own

South Routt players working to establish local women's softball program

Sisters Charlene Regan and Janet Rossi began playing softball when they were about 13 years old and never gave the game up. Now, 25 years later, the women are trying to start a softball team in Oak Creek to get other women as involved with the sport as they are.

Ward driving Wildhorse roundup

Proposed projects could spark base-area redevelopment

Preliminary plans for two big residential projects -- One Steamboat Place and Wildhorse Meadows -- are reminders that big changes are in store near Steamboat Ski Area.

Sam Haslem: Craig is the best choice

I feel that the future of water in Northwest Colorado is one of the most important issues that we need to address at the present and plan for in the future.

Holly Larson: Triple Crown loud

This is in response to Clair Flatt's letter about the mountain noise.Thank you for expressing your observations about the noise level on the mountain. I agree with you that it is a nonstop party. You would think that this is an issue all the time with the crowds in Ski Time Square, but it is not.It is much quieter in the winter.The loudness only begins when Triple Crown softball teams roll into town.

Sound Off for Aug. 7

Whether Oak Creek should or shouldn't form its own building department has yet to be determined, but they should be able to explore their options. It's up to the town of Oak Creek.

Education Briefs for Aug. 7

Kindergarten enrollment under way

The long road home

Mark Iverson overcomes medical woes to return to top form

Mark Iverson was a gifted student-athlete. He was well-liked and had a strong support system of family and friends. Life was easy. The only thing Iverson couldn't do well was sleep, and no one knew why.

Race benefits RMYC

For the first time, proceeds from Saturday's Mount Werner Classic will go to Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Cars star at Beaux Arts

When 4-year-old Grace Geraghty saw the giant orange art car shaped like a human head, all she could do was run over to it. After inspecting a microscopic paint chip on one of the car's teeth, she scrunched up her nose and said, "Daddy, he needs to brush his teeth."

Recent cases spur interest in sex-offender registries

In 1994, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl named Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by a convicted child molester who had moved across the street from her family without their knowledge. After the crime, community members banded together to get a law passed that would force sex offenders to register in their communities.

George W. Koler

Longtime Oak Creek resident George W. Koler died July 26, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 76.

Anthony A. Montoya

Craig resident Anthony A. Montoya died July 29, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 70.

Mike Kien: Needless excess

The town of Oak Creek should not establish its own building department. We should take the time necessary to modify the existing building code to meet our needs. We cannot afford the manpower requirements to administer our own building department.

John Russell: This city boy takes aim at clays

After attempting to shoot my first clay pigeon with a shotgun, there was no use in trying to lie.

Business briefs for Aug. 7

Alpine Bank wins major marketing award Steamboat Springs

Maggie Ryan Baumgartner

Maggie Ryan Baumgartner, daughter of Gretchen and Peter Baumgartner of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:21 a.m. July 27, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are George Baumgartner of Sunset Beach, N.C., Joan Kohn of Port Ludlow, Wash., and Pamela Kushmaul of Almogordo, N.M.

Daniel Albert Morton

Daniel Albert Morton, son of Nicole and Nathan Morton of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:45 p.m. July 13, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His grandparents are Albert and Christine Leonard of West Chester, Pa., and Dan and Stacy Morton of Littleton.

Steve Lewis: Developers can't mitigate it all

Your recent commentary on affordable housing was accurate and helpful (Steamboat Today, July 20). Whitney Ward's offer of 0.5 percent of his proposed projects' sales and resales toward affordable housing shows an innovative willingness to reduce the growing cost burden that housing presents to our teachers, nurses and carpenters.