News for Saturday, January 21, 2006




Mr. and Mrs. Robert Logan of Yampa announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Renee Logan, to Brandon McRay Pohlen, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pohlen of LaJunta.

Money falling like snow

Bank deposits in Steamboat Springs growing; eight banks and counting

Bank deposits in Steamboat Springs have grown at a double-digit pace the past two years, and the number of banks continues to grow, as well.

Charting a course to $1 billion

Southern migration drives median home price down slightly

Steamboat Springs is poised to become a billion-dollar real-estate market.

Demons run by Sailors

Glenwood stays within game of Moffat County for league lead

Ashley Berggren's post-game talk was brief after Steamboat Springs' 24-point loss to Glenwood Springs. "They were a solid team," the Sailors girls basketball coach said. "They have a strong inside-outside game."

Steamboat boys put up tough fight against Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach Kevin Flohr paused. He needed a moment to take two deep breaths and collect his thoughts.

Soroco students hit the ice

Physical education teacher Gary Heide takes full advantage of Oak Creek's rink

Michael O'Brien isn't very good on the ice, but the Soroco Middle School seventh-grader said he's adamant about improving his skating.

Students catch Olympics fever

Soda Creek Elementary School third- and fifth-graders put on special celebration

Few combinations are as stirring to the heart as music, children and the Olympic spirit. With songs, a torch relay and even tumblers, students at Soda Creek Elementary School honored local Olympic athletes, past and present, Thursday during two special celebrations in the school's gymnasium.

Oscar Jules St. Pierre

Oscar Jules St. Pierre, son of Don and Maria St. Pierre of Steamboat Springs was born in Sydney, Australia, at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2006. He weighed 7.7 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. His brother is Oliver. His grandparents are Paul and Patricia Despis on Sydney, Australia, and George and Virginia St. Pierre of Fort Tearce, Fla. His great-grandparent is Marie Lynch of Sydney, Australia.

Real Estate transactions for Jan. 10 to 17

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer SAGEWOOD DEVELOPMENT, LTD TO HARTLESS, MARK C. AND HARTLESS, JOYCE H. FOR SAGEWOOD, FILING NO. 2 Lot: 58 -- $50,100

Mary Walker: Respect precedent

Roe v. Wade stands as the most upheld Supreme Court constitutional precedent in our history. In the 33 years since the Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to privacy includes a woman's right to obtain an abortion, this precedent has been upheld 38 times. Whether you agree with the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, you should be alarmed that our newest Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito, has indicated he does not feel bound by Supreme Court decisions and precedents.

Harriet Freiberger: Give group a try

The Steamboat Writers Group appreciates the coverage of our Thursday meeting (Sunday Style, Jan. 15), but my phone has been ringing and e-mails piling up. So, as longtime, unofficial leader of the Steamboat Writers Group, I'll offer two thoughts that limited space prohibited but that we think are very important.

BIG SOUNDS coming from a tiny studio

Musician, producer makes dreams come true in his backyard

Ten years ago, what Kurt Wipperfurth is doing today would have been impossible. A decade ago the era of analog recording filled entire rooms with racks of processors, mixers and multitrack recorders, but the digital age has changed all that.

Business briefs for Jan. 22

Vectra Bank names new market president

Stewart Beall: We need a mayor

It is with special interest that I have been following the Steamboat Springs City Council process of hiring a new city manager. I was a member of the city's Planning Commission shortly after Steamboat Springs approved the present home rule charter and annexed Mountain Village. I, like most residents of Steamboat, approved of these changes so Steamboat could develop in an organized and efficient manner.

Sound Off for Jan. 22

Get perspective Let's get some perspective. When employees retire or quit, it is up to the employer to decide when. Cut out the grandstanding and move on.

Death raises safety questions

As Tom Schupra looked at the dozen or so photos tacked to a board at his friend Carol Wayland's funeral, he couldn't help but admire the beautiful images.

City to address housing concerns

Diane Mitsch Bush hears it from people who moved to Steamboat Springs in the 1970s or 1980s like she did.

Final test for Bible class

School Board to decide Monday on proposed elective

The new Steamboat Springs School Board will meet Monday night under its brightest public spotlight yet to decide not only about the high school's controversial mandatory Senior Odyssey program but also about a proposed high school elective course that would teach the Bible as a historical and cultural document.

Our View: Reject Bible class

The Steamboat Springs School Board should reject a proposal by two parents for a history and literature course using the Bible as the main text.

Dorothy Coon, 1920-2006

Dorothy Coon died with her family by her side Jan. 14, 2006, at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 85.

John F. Russell: Show time

This is the day I've been hoping for all season and have been dreading all week.

Lodwick stays on his game

Steamboat skier grabs Nordic title

U.S. Nordic combined skier Bill Demong was hoping his teammate Todd Lodwick might have an off day on the cross-country course Saturday afternoon, but he didn't expect it.

No place like home

Steamboat jumpers sweep championships

Jumpers from across the United States converged here Saturday hoping to take home a national ski jumping title in the shadows of historic Howelsen Hill.

Omar M. Campbell: No Bible course

Advocates for a Bible course in the high school will again ask the School Board to add it to the curriculum (Steamboat Today, Jan. 13).

South Routt Calendar for Jan. 22

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Class Notes for Jan. 22

The Colorado Association of Science Teachers has named Shannon Koppenhafer, daughter of a Donna and Tim Bertram of Hayden and a 1992 graduate of Hayden High School, the 2005 Science Teacher of the Year for the state's elementary school teachers.

Barry Gaugler, 1949-2005

Former Routt County resident Barry Gaugler died Jan. 16, 2006, at his home in Maine after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 56.

Jerri Anne Dorr, 1937-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Jerri Anne Dorr died in her home in Prescott, Ariz., on Jan. 15, 2006, after a short illness. She was 68.

Building permits for Jan. 9 to 13


Caleb James Hothem

Caleb James Hothem, son of Elizabeth and Jake Hothem of Yampa, was born at 7:57 a.m. Jan. 13, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Madison Hothem. His grandparents are Bob and Kayda Hothem of Highlands Ranch, Kathy and Lee Hayward of Centennial, and Lisa and Tom Higgins of Littleton.

Sara Michele Johnson

Sara Michele Johnson, daughter of Tina Harlow and Scott Johnson of Clark, was born at 3:05 a.m. Jan. 12, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long. Her sibling is Lance Johnson. Her grandparents are Margie and Mark Johnson of Centennial and Eileen and Robert Harlow of Knoxville, Tenn.

Kodiak "Kodi" Kretzschmar

Kodiak "Kodi" Kretzschmar, son of Sherri Sweers and Kyrill Kretzschmar of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:47 a.m. Jan. 14, 2006. His sibling is Indiana "Indi" Kretzschmar. His grandparents are John and Lori Sweers of Battlement Mesa and Joachim and Renate Kretzschmar of Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

Blashia Michelle Mead

Blashia Michelle Mead, daughter of Amanda Faye McKendrick and Jeremiah Mead of Craig, was born at 5:23 a.m. Jan. 15, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Carla Daniels of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and Monty and Joy McKendrick of Wellington, Utah.

Cody Melvin Wiggins

Cody Melvin Wiggins, son of Garrett and Melinda Wiggins of Stagecoach, was born at 9:50 a.m. Jan. 11, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Cutter Wiggins. His grandparents are Louise and Melvin Jones of Quincy, Fla., John and Sally Wiggins of San Diego, and Lynn and Steve Slack of Sneads, Fla.

The Record for Jan. 22

9:21 p.m. A 48-year old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failing to drive in one lane near Shield Drive and Curve Court.

Kyra Merie Wilson

Kyra Merie Wilson, daughter of Robin and Seth Wilson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:19 a.m. Jan. 15, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Bob and Linda Hill of Cheyenne, Wyo.