News for Saturday, May 7, 2005



A spirited challenge

Participants make loops for education

Twenty years ago, a teary-eyed Cathy Krautkramer watched as children walked around the school track for a good cause.

One girl's struggle with addiction

For months, Melina Mitts had prayed her stepdaughter, Bryanna, would get arrested.

Our View: Build it, and they will come

Adequate, accessible parking is key to the economic health of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Author: Book stores help create community

Betsy Burton thinks all independent businesses contribute to a community, but she'd like to think that mom-and-pop bookstores play a special role.

Seniors shine in final projects

New class gives students a chance to try out career options

With their final days of high school quickly disappearing, the members of Soroco High School's Class of 2005 are working hard to prepare themselves for the road ahead.On Tuesday night, several of the students presented projects reflecting their personal interests and career goals to the South Routt Community.

Pastoral women speak

In southern Ethiopia, 30 women from remote tribes recently came together in discussion.

William Jeffrey Meckley-Kochenower

William Jeffrey Meckley-Kochenower, son of Veronica and Trenton Kochenower of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:44 p.m. May 2, 2005.

Allen -- Cox

Dan and Susann Allen of Phippsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara Danell Allen to Machia Wade Cox, son of Bill and Shan�--non Cox of Brighton, Tenn.

Leaving a legacy

Soroco Middle School students help community through day of service

On Friday, the newly roofed Four Seasons Rink was buzzing with activity.

Class notes for May 8

Sailors' movies featured in student film festival

Sound off for May 8

Too much secrecy No, I do not approve of the county commissioners' handling of the justice center. They operate in secrecy behind closed doors, release no documentation or information and this is a public issue funded with public money. Recall them all!

Malia Ann Graham

Malia Ann Graham, daughter of Wendy Lacko Graham and Jim Graham of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:29 p.m. April 13, 2005.

Luis Angel Loya Camacho

Luis Angel Loya Camacho, son of Natividad Camacho and Jose N. Loya, was born at 10:45 p.m. April 21, 2005.

Kelly Ann Turner

Kelly Ann Turner, daughter of Crystal Turner and Jonathan Benesch of Hayden, was born at 6:33 a.m. April 26, 2005.

Economy of place

Economic Summit to explore ways sense of community stimulates business

Thomas Friedman is determined to convince all of us that the world is flat. Friedman is the well-known New York Times columnist and the author of a new book, "The World is Flat -- a Short History of the 21st Century."

Transactions for April 26-May 3


Forest Service building changes owners

The U.S. Forest Service building on E. U.S. Highway 40 proved to be a popular investment opportunity for buyers.

Tiger throwers excel

Sweetser, Bruchez two of program's best

Tyson Sweetser would like to dispel some myths about the discus.

Real estate sales start strong in 2005

Routt County's real estate market continued its record-setting pace in the first quarter of 2005.

Building permits for April 26-30

Bradley & Lara Craig 204 Hill Street Owner/Contractor Addition/Alteration $250,000

Ardeth Ramsey Bane Potter

Ardeth Ramsey Bane Potter, son of Heidi Nunnery and Kenneth Potter of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:58 p.m. April 27, 2005.

Daniel Marlin Wagner: 1944-2005

Longtime Routt County resident Daniel Marlin Wagner passed away April 15, 2005, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 60.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Editorial right on

The Steamboat Pilot & Today's editorial about the lengths the county commissioners will go to alienate citizens by keeping information from them was on target. Elected officials do not have permission to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to soothe their own wounded egos. County commissioners are public servants whose salaries and insurance benefits are paid by taxpayers and their actions should be accountable to taxpayers. Residents would like to have representative government and not be ruled by self-appointed kings and a queen.

Adam Mayo: River hypocrisy

I noticed that a certain Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executive is adamantly opposed to anyone floating on water that passes by his property.

County hopes to move forward with justice center soon

With a necessary wetlands permit at long last in hand, Routt County leaders have their eyes firmly fixed on starting construction of a new justice center west of downtown.

Edwin S. 'Shorty' Cromer: 1927-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Edwin Simpson "Shorty" Cromer died March 24, 2005, in his home after a long illness. He was 77.

Delphia Gaskil James: 1915-2005

Delpha Gaskil (Butts, Blakeman) James of Fruita passed away April 25, 2005, at Larchwood Inn. She was 89.

De Wardt begins racing on the national map

Winston de Wardt has gone national.

Kent Vertrees: Rivers are for everyone and owned by no one

The Seedhouse Road Coalition and Andy Wirth's opposition to the Bucking Rainbow's commercial, river rafting operation on the Elk River has brought the "right to float" issue close to home.

David Moran: Successful event

Many sincere thanks to all who volunteered, participated and supported the first Masonic Child ID program at Elk Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 118 on April 30. This is a new program in Colorado and was well-received by the community. Despite the weather, we still managed to ID almost 250 children -- a great start.

Jesse James Strickland

Jesse James Strickland, son of Dusti Lee and Troy Wilbert of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:36 a.m. on April 26, 2005.

Connor Thomas Chapman

Connor Thomas Chapman, son of Elissa and Jeff Chapman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:03 p.m. April 28, 2005.

Lauren Jackelyne Rodriguez-Velasquez

Lauren Jackelyne Rodriguez-Velasquez, daughter of Maria Soledad Velasquez-Banegas and Jose Omar Rodriguez-Flores of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Nuevo Leon, Mexico, respectively, was born at 10:52 p.m. April 21, 2005.

John F. Russell: New field would be turf-rific

We all know that April showers will bring May flowers.

Beholding birds

Local bird-watchers had a hard time deciding which bird-sighting was the most thrilling Saturday.