News for Saturday, February 25, 2006



Hats of a different color

Yampa resident taps creative side to start her own business

She's lived in Yampa for three and a half years, but Karen Tussey still gets emotional when she tells the story about what first brought her to the quiet South Routt town and what she saw when she got there.

Learning to take a stand

Hayden Middle School students present History Day projects

Given a little freedom, it's often amazing what students can come up with.

John F. Russell:The gold standard, sans medal

It wasn't the ending Todd Lodwick deserved. What he deserved would have been taken straight from the plot of a Walt Disney movie, with Lodwick coming from behind in the final 50 meters of the Nordic combined sprint to win gold. Finland's Hannu Manninen would have been right on his heels.

Nordic combined team turns the page

Lodwick, coach look past skiing

For more than 12 years, Todd Lodwick has refused to let the U.S. Nordic combined team fail. "We can all be struggling, and Todd is the guy who can wake up in the morning, get pissed off and go out and kick some butt," teammate Bill Demong said. "I realize that it is time for one of us, or both of us, or all of us, to step up and do that for ourselves."

Building permits for Feb. 26


Pilot & Today wins fourth straight excellence award

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won the General Excellence Award on Saturday as the state's top newspaper in its circulation category.

Heart of Steamboat

Downtown leaders question cookie-cutter businesses

Local business leaders are actively weighing the proper balance of formula stores and independent retailers and restaurateurs in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Routt County Spotlight: Maggie Berglund

Age: 31 Occupation: Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley staff member Place of birth: Nashville, Tenn.

Our View: Political posturing on immigration

Marc Holtzman last week became the latest politician to grandstand about illegal immigration. Holtzman, a Republican candidate for governor, gave a stump speech Wednesday in Steamboat Springs in which he praised the work of the volunteer Minutemen on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, said illegal immigration has created a state of emergency in Colorado, decried the hundreds of millions of dollars the 400,000 illegal immigrants are costing the state and fretted that our insecure border would allow Mideast terrorists to "shave their beards" and enter the U.S.

Time flies in the not-so-friendly skies

Mesa CEO angry over assertions about on-time flights, service

A dispute about Mesa Airlines' United Express service to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport doesn't appear to be going away.

Real Estate transactions for Feb. 24

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer ORNARE, RENEE TO SAGER, GEORGE A. FOR PROJECT I & II THS SECOND REPLAT SEC 6-T3N-R84W SW1/4SW1/4 -- $296,500

A niche at the mountain's base

Chadwick Estates will have 16 luxury homes in development

Construction of the first single-family luxury home development of its kind continues near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area adjacent to Burgess Creek.

Business briefs for Feb. 26

Regional forum at Carpenter Ranch On March 9, Yampa Valley Partners will host the first of several forums aimed at developing a strong, focused and flexible approach to the challenges brought by growth in the Yampa Valley.

Riding through winter

The first thing a novice rider notices about winter horseback riding is the silence.

Madeline Merrifield, 1913-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Madeline Merrifield died Feb. 16, 2006, in Longmont. She was 93.

Alice Keith Welles, 1926-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Alice Keith Welles died Feb. 19, 2006, in Greenwood Village. She was 80.

Election may decide school funding

A national organization is asking Coloradans again to make a weighty decision about how the state should spend money on K-12 education.

Ritter visits voters

Candidate stops in city to build Democratic base

The greatest threat to the environment would be Gov. Bill Owens and President Bush working together.

Life is a highway

Just watch out for the bus drivers

It's snowing lightly on a winding mountain road somewhere between Cesana and Oulx, Italy, as I make my way -- by bus -- back to my hotel after another day of covering Nordic combined skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Jane Bonnie Dulin Jane Bonnie Dulin, 1931-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Jane Bonnie Dulin passed away Feb. 16, 2006, in Steamboat. She was 74.

Small steps in a global effort

Expert emphasizes individual, community work to reduce energy use

Renewable energy and appeasing gas-guzzling Americans are hot issues -- apparently hot enough to trigger the Olympian Hall fire alarm after Randy Udall's talk Saturday night.

Moving on

Olympian Caroline Lalive recovering from skiing accident

Caroline Lalive's nightmare began Jan. 25, when she heard a pop and found her left kneecap halfway up her thigh. Sitting in shock on the side of a downhill course in Cortina, Italy, Lalive thought about her childhood dream -- an Olympic gold medal.