News for Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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Snowy winters mean dangerous railroad crossings

Take it slow over the train tracks. Although that sounds like a common-sense statement, a review of vehicle-train collisions on Routt County railroad crossings throughout the past 30 years shows that most of the collisions occurred during winters such as this one, when snow or fog, darkness and freezing temperatures are prevalent.

Tigers set sights on nemesis

Hayden eyes rematch with Grand Valley

After a 54-35 win against West Grand on Saturday, the Hayden High School boys basketball team will get another crack at Grand Valley, the team that handed the Tigers three of their five losses this season.

Timothy Maxwell: Why Walgreens?

The Today asserts that Walgreens should be approved for the simple fact that the developers have successfully negotiated the "big-box" ordinance review and done as the Steamboat Springs City Council asked. In short, the Today is arguing that because the developer correctly checked off the boxes of the planning process, thus empowering the City Council to have it built "our way," then it should get the thumbs up.

Our View: Tipping our hat to Todd Lodwick

Todd Lodwick's Nordic combined career came to an end Tuesday in Italy when he finished ninth in the sprint event. Like so many times before, Lodwick finished ahead of every other American but short of his elusive goal -- an Olympic medal.

The Record for Feb. 22

11:26 a.m. A man on the Yampa River Core Trail reported two cars parked on the trail blocking the path. The man told police he had seen people sledding in the area and said the cars might belong to the sledders.The sledders and cars were gone when officers arrived.

Hayden residents New Orleans bound

In March, five members of the Hayden Congregational Church will head to New Orleans to assist in Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery efforts.

Going, going, gone

Sanctuary home sells for $1.3M at absolute auction

It wasn't a Presidents Day sale, but about a dozen bargain hunters had their sights set on a good deal Tuesday. Eleven people bid on a 4,600-square-foot house in the Sanctuary subdivision during an absolute auction Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

Stagecoach to see bigger water bills

The Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water & Sanitation District will bill customers on a tiered block rate instead of a base rate.

Pit proposal gets first OK

Gravel production increase may depend on nearby trees

The operators of the Camilletti Milner gravel pit are one step closer to boosting production at their pit 11 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Ski Corp. sues ex-employee

Man says allegations that he gave illegal lessons are untrue

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is suing a former employee who officials think has been teaching ski lessons illegally since he was fired from Ski Corp. in 2001.

Olympics wrap up for special jumpers

Clint Jones and Alan Alborn wrapped up their Olympic experience Monday night with strong individual efforts in the special jumping team event.

Lodwick's career at end

Steamboat star finishes final Olympics without medal

In his mind, Todd Lodwick has been on an Olympic podium 100 times. But on Tuesday, the goal he has chased since he first strapped into a pair of jumping skis eluded him a final time.

Can Twigbucket keep his gold?

Veteran director stages melodrama at Steamboat Mountain Theater

Booing, hissing and general catcalling will be encouraged Thursday night, when Steamboat Mountain Theater hosts the melodrama, "The Secret of Yonder Mountain."

Lupo's reopens, Levelz remains closed

The Levelz nightclub remained closed Tuesday, two days after it was evacuated because of suspected structural problems. Lupo's, the bar underneath Levelz, reopened Tuesday night.

'Festus' in race for mayor again

Richard "Festus" Hagins wants to be Hayden's next mayor -- again.

Six skiers headed to Junior Olympics

The U.S. Senior Nationals Cross-Country Skiing Champ�--ionships is the elite competition for special Nordic skiers within the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Walgreens developers present changes

Developers of a proposed Walgreens pharmacy presented tweaks to their plan to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.

Inclusionary zoning OK'd

Developers required to make 15% of residential units affordable

From now on, developers whose residential projects are approved in Steamboat Springs will have to provide affordable housing within the city limits.

Briefs for Feb. 22

Karrie Littman resigned from her position as Oak Creek's treasurer last week.

Little League changes age guidelines

The Steamboat Springs Little League Association has created new age divisions for the upcoming season to promote balanced competition among 13- and 14-year-old players. It also established a new 15- and 16-year-old team. The new 13- to 14-year-old age group (junior league) has been established to allow players to continue to develop skills before entering the senior league (15- and 16-year-olds). Age divisions will consist of senior league (15-16), junior league (13-14), major league (11-12) and minor league (9-10).