News in brief for March 16


Oak Creek hears plans for parachute factory

The Oak Creek Planning Commission tonight will hear an application for Storm Mountain Coffee Roasters to move into the old parachute factory building. The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

The coffee-roasting business has been operating for the past two years in Oak Creek and has to leave the building it rents now, owner Julie Spitzley said. It has a lease with the owner of the parachute factory, as long as the town approves the use.

The Planning Commission will make a recommendation, and the Oak Creek Town Board will make a final decision March 24.

The old parachute factory was built in the mid-1990s and has not been occupied for a few years, Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said. The building is on Arthur Avenue near the town's ice rink.

'Volunteer of Year'deadline extended

The deadline to submit nominations for the Soroco High School's 11s Club volunteer of the year has been extended to Friday.

The club chooses one adult volunteer of the year and one student volunteer of the year. A ceremony to honor those nominated is scheduled for April 7.

Everyone nominated is recognized and has his or her photo and biography placed on boards spread throughout Soroco's gymnasium.

The 11s Club is a leadership organization through which students learn about working together and helping others.

Send a phone card to servicemen and -women

There isn't any day that's easy for the mothers of servicemen and servicewomen overseas. But Mother's Day has to be harder than most. Nancy Cummins of the Steamboat Springs Post Office said window clerks would be selling AT&T phone cards for shipment to servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq and Afghanistan through April 22. They'll be marked "Steamboat Springs, CO" to let the soldiers know where they were purchased and sent overseas in time for Mother's Day, on May 8. Anyone interested in sponsoring a Mother's Day phone card can do so with any postal window clerk at the post office. The cards are available in increments of $10, $20 and $30.

Third annual North Routt Chili Cook-Off to be held

The Third Annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-Off is from 4 to 6 p.m. April 3 at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. Proceeds will benefit the Hahn's Peak Area Historic Society and North Routt Community Charter School. Categories for judging this year are red and green Chili, cornbread and dessert. Trophies and cash awards will be given in each category. To enter or to volunteer as a judge, call 871-1979.

Lowell Whiteman Primary School taking applications

Lowell Whiteman Primary School is accepting applications for all grade levels for the 2005-06 school year. Applications are due April 1. There are openings in grades three, five and six for next year, and scholarships are available. Call Debbie Gooding at 879-8081 or e-mail at


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