News for Saturday, July 22, 2006

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World: Israeli warplanes hit minibus; Hezbollah rockets kill 2

Israeli warplanes struck a minibus carrying people fleeing the fighting Sunday in southern Lebanon, killing three people, Lebanese security officials said, and Hezbollah rockets killed two civilians in northern Israel.

Tyler James Marren

Tyler James Marren, son of Sherry and James Marren, was born at 6:16 p.m. July 10, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Cole Marren. His grandparents are Jerry Brewer of Craig; Bill Brewer of Craig; and Mary and Everett Smith of Hartsburg, Mo.

Scientists skeptical of new air pollution rules

The Bush administration might add to air pollution by making it easier for thousands of aging factories and plants to modernize, scientists say.

A parade of success

Shriners in cars a feature of this year's Colorado Days

Hayden resident Ashley Walden hasn't been to every Colorado Days event, but she was pretty sure Saturday's Colorado Days parade was the best the town's ever had.

Storm Mountain Coffee selected for national chef tasting

Storm Mountain Coffee Roasters owner Julie Spitzley is used to locals sampling her coffee with a smile, but she never expected someone to recommend her coffee for a national culinary event.

Our View: No guarantees with new ownership

The announcement that American Skiing Co. is selling the Steamboat Ski Area has created a buzz in the community.

Sports: American Landis wins Tour de France

The highs and lows of Floyd Landis' nail-biter of a bike race ended without a hitch Sunday as he won the Tour de France and kept cycling's most prestigious title in American hands for the eighth straight year.

The bottom line

Oak Creek struggles to gain better financial footing

In a small town like Oak Creek, everyone seems to know everyone else's business. Except, that is, for the town's business.

A new way to fly

Light jets could have big impact at Steamboat Springs Airport

Imagine no longer having to deal with multiple layovers in crowded airports or nervously standing by luggage carousels wondering if your bag made it to the final destination.

At Home debuts

Paper launches quarterly magazine

Steamboat Springs is more than a mountain town. It is a lifestyle. At Home in Steamboat Springs debuts today, a little more than a year after Steamboat Pilot & Today publisher Bryna Larsen proposed an idea for a free lifestyle magazine.

Paul Edward Fancler, 1941-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Paul Edward Fancler died July 8, 2006, surrounded by his family at Loyola University Hospital in Chicago, after a courageous battle against leukemia. He was 65.

Getting details on retail

Shoppers for the government help determine CPI

Armed with a badge and a tablet computer, Sandy Zeiss walked into a Minneapolis auto-repair shop last Wednesday and peppered an employee with detailed questions about the cost of a brake job for a six-year-old foreign compact car.

Pick Up Sticks

Lacrosse flourishing among Steamboat's youths

Andy and Jake Flax haven't put their lacrosse sticks down in five years. As hockey players, the Flax brothers were intrigued by lacrosse, another stick sport, after their eighth-grade year, despite the sport's anonymity among boys in Steamboat Springs.

Sound Off for July 23

I'm calling about the article in Sunday about "Immigration haze." Comunidad Integrada is seeking to locate 1,500 Spanish-speaking residents to Routt County. What will this do to affordable housing in our area? We already have a problem with that. And these new residents, where are they coming from? Why are they coming here? What are they doing to the wage scale for the people already here?

Earl Reed "Jr" Crowner, 1916-2006

Former longtime Yampa resident Earl Reed "Jr" Crowner died June 29, 2006, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. He was 89.

Worth the walk

Cancer survivors take on Relay for Life

Doctors told Bill McKelvie that nothing could be done to help him after he was diagnosed with cancer for a second time.

'One step at a time'

Betsy Kalmeyer triumphs in Hardrock 100 again

As Steamboat Springs long-distance runner Betsy Kalmeyer crossed the finish line of the Hardrock 100 race last weekend, she was overcome with joy -- and relief.

Across nation, building materials in tight supply

Although home builders in many parts of the country are beginning to experience a decline in buyer demand, the shortage of some key building products is continuing.

Families realize their dreams

Fox Creek tour gives residents sneak peak of their new homes

Juan Carlos Maldonado, his wife Guadalupe and their two children last week toured the home they thought they never would be able to afford.

Hitting hard at 15

Baseball talent showcased at Triple Crown quarterfinals

Cheering crowds and the classic sound of wooden bat to baseball echoed around Howelsen Hill on Saturday during the 15-and-younger Triple Crown World Series playoff games.

Omar M. Campbell: Illegals are a threat

Thank you, Alan Matte, for your Letter to the Editor in the Sunday, May 28 Pilot & Today -- gleefully titled "Response to Omar" by the editors.

Emaline Ruby Farrington

Emaline Ruby Farrington, daughter of Jessica Wright and Matthew Farrington, was born at 11:31 p.m. July 12, 2006. She weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Peter and Pam Farrington of Brisbane, Australia; and Maude and Gregory Wright of Boothbay, Maine.

The good and the rad

Local BMX riders building courses, interest

If you want to ride BMX in Routt County, you need only one tool -- a shovel. Without a maintained public course to speak of, local riders create their own with dedicated grassroots grunt work. For a few separate groups of local enthusiasts hooked on riding the smaller, specialized bikes characterized by 20-inch wheels, the sport is experiencing a rebirth in popularity.

Democrat Gary Wall: Crusading for civil liberties

The winner of the Republican primary between Ray Birch and Garrett Wiggins will face Democrat Gary Wall in the general election.

Time for a new sheriff in town

The two Republicans battling for a chance to be Routt County's next sheriff are as different as night and day

Garrett Wiggins is a man of many talents. He has rebuilt classic cars, ranched in Florida, worked on an alligator farm, been a taxidermist and served as a police officer, a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy and the assistant plant manager at a large tobacco company. Ray Birch is an imposing man with a strong jaw and broad shoulders. To some, he appears intimidating. To Birch, it's just a façade.

Business briefs for July 23

Tim Landusky has opened a new tax service business in Steamboat Springs.

Don A. Erwin, 1927-2006

Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Don A. Erwin died July 18, 2006, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was 78.

The Record for July 23

7:52 p.m. A woman in the 2500 block of Village Drive was concerned that her husband was missing. The woman told police it was not uncommon for her husband to disappear for long periods of time without telling anyone but that he had been gone longer than usual. A report was taken.

Jimmy Westlake: The teapot in the sky

Legend has it that a pot of gold awaits you at the end of the rainbow -- if you are lucky enough to find the end. No luck is required, however, to find the pot of tea at the end of the Milky Way. All you need is a clear, dark night and an unobstructed view of the southern sky.

Routt County Spotlight: Jairo Alonso Cardenas Rodriguez

Age: 25, Occupation: Maintenance worker, Place of birth: Bogota, Colombia

John F. Russell: Saying thanks

As a reporter, I meet lots of people working to make a difference in our community.

Weed whackers

Flea beetles feasting on non-native leafy spurge, helping contain weed

No larger than the head of a nail, the leafy spurge flea beetle doesn't appear capable of much. Things change, however, when you release thousands of the tiny insect.

All mixed up

STA Mixed Doubles Championship finals today

At times, the Steam�--boat Springs Tennis Association's Mixed Doubles Championships seemed more like a social mixer than a cutthroat competition.

Carol J. Ward: Proud of Son

This letter is a response to the article "Mothers protest Bush visit" in Friday's Steamboat Today.

Alice Klauzer and Christine McKelvie: Get involved

As event sponsors of Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society fundraiser, we want to invite all who have survived cancer to the opening ceremonies and inspirational Survivors' Lap at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. The event will take place at the Steamboat Springs High School track. Survivors -- people and pets -- will be given free T-shirts, recognition and loving support.

Nation: Sniper shootings target vehicles on Indiana interstate

Sniper fire struck two pickup trucks along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana early Sunday, killing one person and injuring another, state police said.

Gracymay Lynn Tuttle

Gracymay Lynn Tuttle, daughter of Jeramy and Sherry Tuttle of Oak Creek, was born at 4:42 p.m. June 4, 2006. She weighed 2 pounds and 2 ounces and was 14 inches long. Her siblings are Louden, Samantha, Nathan, Axel, Nathaniel, Jeremiah and Mike. Her grandparents are Jack and Connie Tuttle of Golden; Donna and HP Sanders of Hayden; and Sterling Osborn of Georgia.

A magical place: Covered Bridge House

Imagine a bridge, water flowing underneath, as the entrance of a home. You can do so in the Steamboat Covered Bridge House, perhaps Steamboat's most renowned luxury home. The house sits on a high point overlooking the golf course at Catamount Ranch and Club with views of the Flat Tops and Walton Canyon. Pam Vanatta of Prudential Steamboat Realty has the home listed for $8.9 million.

Strings of success

Popular concert music series has grown from humble beginnings

On the morning that a city official said it wasn't acceptable to seat two people on the roof and two people on a chair, Strings in the Mountains founders Kay Clagett and Betse Grassby knew they had outgrown their first venue.

Challenges run deep

Standing in a high-mountain meadow on a June morning in the summer of his 94th year, John Fetcher likes what he sees. Sand Mountain -- and its lingering snowfields -- dominates the view from the upper Fetcher Ranch. Fetcher is irrigating his cattle pasture, and the world seems right. But the early summer breeze that rustles the willows along the creek whispers of changes to come.

Into the next phase

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick, who recently retired as America's best Nordic combined skier, is busier than ever

He has traveled around the world for 13 years, but one of the most difficult journeys Todd Lodwick takes these days is just a short drive from his downtown home. The new father admits that dropping off his 5-month-old daughter, Charley, is more difficult than it was to climb aboard a plane when he wasn't jumping well for a long World Cup trip through Eastern Europe.

The new look of luxury

LPS developments changing valley landscape

Live music was a must when the listing real estate firm for Marabou Ranch planned a picnic this summer. Country Western recording artist Clay Walker, with no fewer than five No. 1 hit singles to his credit, was booked for the party by DMB Real Estate of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Work from your patio

Telecommuting booming in Steamboat

This bombshell from Noreen Moore, business resource director for the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative: "Within six years, 40 percent of corporate workers will be location-neutral," said Moore, who recently completed an extensive study about the growth of location-neutral business and "telecommuting" in Routt County. Telecommuting means working via computer and telephone -- often at home -- for a company that is not located where you live.

Smart move

Steamboat's SmartWool a nice fit for Timberland

Gardner Flanigan's wife, Millie, forbids him from discussing his job in crowded public places such as airports. She isn't about to miss a flight because yet another enthusiastic stranger wants to demonstrate his version of the "SmartWool salute."

Get in shape with Mike McCannon

Mike McCannon is a personal trainer with Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs. His training career began 25 years ago, when he started designing workout regimens for friends. He soon discovered a passion for helping others achieve physical fitness.

Irrigation patterns evolving in Strawberry Park

Wayne Kakela, dressed in blue overalls and a straw hat, presides over a small corner of Routt County that serves as a microcosm for the changing use of water in a mountain resort town.

Change on the horizon

Yampa River's abundant water won't be overlooked for long

The rules have changed. The increasing demand for water brought on by the booming population of Colorado and other Western states has forced new strategies for water management, and the Yampa River figures to play an important role.

Transactions for July 3-17

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $58,640,200, TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES -- $249,400

Group seeks airport closure

Petition circulating to put issue before voters

A petition is circulating to place a question on November's ballot asking city voters to close Steamboat Springs Airport.

Cooking with Chef Kate Rench

She's the starving artist who ended up in a kitchen. She's the chubby ice-cream-eating Buddha child who matured into a tall, skinny biker babe. And she can dance around the tiny kitchen of Cafe Diva as comfortably as she danced for an audience of 20,000 people at the Pepsi Center during a Prince concert.

Welcome home

This is one of the reasons I came back to Steamboat Springs from Texas. I'm a newspaper editor. Most of the work I produce is in black and white and completed in one, 24-hour cycle. Other than reading them, I have no experience with magazines. But when Publisher Bryna Larsen told me she wanted to launch a magazine to go along with our news product, I thought it would be a great chance to do something new. And it was.

Joy Ride

Kayaking the run from Fish Creek Falls to the C-hole a thrilling experience

For the core of Steamboat's adrenaline addicts, Fish Creek Canyon runs much deeper than glossy tourism brochures flaunting a single picturesque fall.