News for Thursday, January 5, 2006

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Bridging the divide

Leaders hope discussion will defuse differences

For more than a year, the religious leaders of Steamboat Springs have been meeting to discuss and understand one another's belief systems. On Thursday, for the first time, they will open the discussion to the community. This initial dialogue, they hope, will become the basis for quarterly panels dedicated to facets of spiritual experience.

District staff members see a chance for change

As bargaining begins for teacher and staff contracts for the 2006-07 school year, several employees of the Steamboat Springs School District say pay increases are needed.

Arrested kicks off Ski Jam

Since Arrested Development disbanded in the '90s, hip-hop has changed. It has more mainstream exposure than it did during the group's first go around.

Music calendar for Jan. 6-12

¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

Rock 'n' roll fantasy

There's a spirit that came on stage with the hair bands of the 1980s, left with them and has never returned. That is why we must revisit it again and again through heavy metal tribute bands.

On Scene for Jan. 6

For the first time in a long time, I was counting the songs to make sure I got my money's worth before I left the show. If a band is boring, I usually follow the $1 per song equation. I force myself to listen until the scales are balanced, then I drag my disappointed ears home.

CD Reviews for Jan. 6

I had to have someone tell me what I was listening to. I never would have guessed that "Tiny Cities" was an entire album of Modest Mouse covers because it sounds nothing like the original. In this record, the Mouse's music is heard as if the Earth were rotating backward, as if time slowed and everything was filtered through the eyes of an acoustic guitar.

Autumn Phillips: Anonymity in flight

Upgrade me. Upgrade me. Upgrade me. I was sending psychic vibrations to the oblivious guy behind the Continental Airlines counter when my concentration was interrupted.

Planners discuss housing

Commission debates zoning ordinance proposal

Steamboat Springs planning commissioners spent more than four hours hashing through an affordable-housing ordinance on Thursday night.

Busy weekend

Prep sports begin after holiday break

High school sports resume this week, and for prep teams, the real season starts. Although December games and matches count in the overall record, the league seasons begin this weekend, and league records go a long way in determining postseason seedings and success.

Arts calendar for Jan. 6

Saturday ¤ A dedication ceremony for "Steamboat Spirit" by sculptor George Lundeen will be held at 3 p.m. at Howelsen Hill. The life-size bronze was created in honor of the junior athletes of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. A small version of the statue is on display and for sale at the Wild Horse Gallery in the Steamboat Sheraton Resort Hotel. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ashley Stamp Scholarship Fund. Call 879-7660.

Lasting legacy

Sculpture commemorates junior athletes

If you want to leave a lasting legacy, leave it in bronze. Long after the artist and the object of a bronze sculpture are gone, the artwork will remain.

Autumn's picks for Jan. 6

¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500 Why you should go: I walked by Chaps the other day and saw Steve Boynton playing to an empty room. I thought to myself, "Why is the best guitar player in Steamboat playing to no one?"

Council sets priorities

Some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council have two years left in their terms; the others have four. Council members, however, looked beyond their terms to set priorities reaching as far as five years from now.

County gets a new trooper

After spending a few years teaching physical education and science in Japan and working as a private security officer in Denver, Tonja Cowan decided she was ready for a change.

Three more say they were groped

Three more women have accused a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man of groping them, police said. The man already is charged with groping a 15-year-old girl.