News for Sunday, January 8, 2006

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Passengers pack city buses

Public transportation long on riders, short on drivers

Despite a shortage in bus drivers, Steamboat Springs Transit was able to operate at peak levels New Year's weekend, two event nights in a row.

Briefs for Jan. 9

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra will introduce its new Youth Ensemble Program to parents and their young musicians at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Depot Art Center. In a new design, an ensemble "coach" from the chamber orchestra will instruct student quartets, consisting of violins, violas, cellos, bass, piano, flutes and clarinets at various ability levels. The program is for musicians from elementary- through high-school age.

The Record for Jan. 9

1:01 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. 2:21 a.m. A caller made a noise complaint for the 2200 block of Storm Meadow Drive. 4:29 a.m. A caller reported a disturbance in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.

Ringers bring in record donations

The Salvation Army's bell ringers were heard loud and clear this holiday season. The 2005 kettle campaign had a record year, pulling in $16,750 for the organization, which provides assistance to low-income families. In 2004, the kettle campaign raised $12,091.