News for Thursday, March 16, 2006

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Looking for better planes

Resort officials fly to Chicago for airline meeting

A group of Yampa Valley resort and airport officials will travel to Chicago on March 22 in a bid to upgrade commuter airline service between Routt County and Denver.

Track team has eyes on regionals

Be it running in the pool, in the school hallways or during meets, the Steamboat Springs track and field team is preparing for the three-day regional meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Man sentenced for assault

During his sentencing Thursday, 35-year-old Jerome Velasquez of Idaho Springs, Idaho, told Senior District Judge Charles Buss that he takes full responsibility for an accident in January 2005 that almost killed 27-year-old Jacob Martinez of Craig.

Commission reviews west plan

Affordable housing a focus during Thursday discussion

During a discussion about the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan on Thursday, Routt County planning commissioners expressed discouragement about their ability to create truly affordable housing.

Full speed ahead

The Fryday Band is back on the road

Members of the Fryday Band have been busy handing out copies of their CD on the side of highways.

Seven-year itch

Band reunited, plays for charity

It has been seven years since the Freddy Jones Band played together.

Paradigm Theater hosts beer tasting festival

Oak Creek's Paradigm Theater is a chameleon venue that is offering an alternative to celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year.

Green team grows

Staff reviews goals, community service

The popularity of the city of Steamboat Springs' Green Team has grown to the point that city staff has asked the City Council for direction about how to handle all of the inquiries.

What you CAN DO

Event raises money for locals with multiple sclerosis

Barbara Sanders was taking a written test during her freshman year of high school when her hand went numb and she couldn't write. That day marked the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease she has battled for 42 years.

County doesn't play by city's rules

Sheriff candidate Birch won't face the same choice Murphy had to make

The Routt County Sheriff's Office does not have guidelines for its employees to abide by during a political campaign, Sheriff John Warner said.

Coloring outside the lines

Five featured artists challenge themselves by working in new mediums

Steamboat's visitors this time of year include both ends of the age spectrum. Studio Gallery 27's new exhibit represents both ends of the art spectrum.

Couple acquitted of theft

An Oak Creek couple was cleared Friday of charges that they stole from a Stagecoach homeowner's association.

Grand Finale

Final 25 days at ski area packed with events

The time to relax for Steamboat Ski Area employees is fewer than 30 days away. They will have earned the rest.

Arts calendar for March 17

Ongoing Makers of furniture and furnishings that incorporate wood are invited to apply to "Fabric, Furniture and Furnishing," a joint, juried exhibit presented at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs by the Rocky Mountain Fine Woodworking Gallery and the Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Exhibit dates are Aug. 4 through Sept. 17. The entry deadline is May 19. The juror is Susan Working, director of woodworking and furniture at Anderson Ranch. Entry guidelines can be downloaded at www.steamboatspringsarts.com/HTMLPAGES/callforentry.html or by e-mailing beth@steamboatspringsarts.com.

Allison Plean: Cheers

OK, so I lied in my last column. There is one more thing that Steamboat lacks -- a true nightclub scene.

Allison's picks for March 17

Today The Fryday Band When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you want to see what kind of St. Patty's Day outfits the band found in Denver thrift stores.

Based on a true story

Local attorney publishes book based on life experiences

The judge assigned to a murder trial that Charles Feldmann prosecuted while he was in the Marine Corps suggested that he write a book.

Music calendar for March 17

Tonight Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5552

Click your heels and test your Irish dancing skills

No experience is necessary to ceili dance on St. Patrick's Day.

Bargaining slow but steady

School district's collective team reports progress, pleasantries

The Steamboat Springs School District's collaborative bargaining team may be progressing slowly, but its members are happy.

A touch of class

Dance Showcase redefines its image

Last year, the Steamboat Springs Dance Showcase was criticized because some people thought portions of the showcase were inappropriate.

Democrats to dine for

Routt County Democrats have lined up some impressive names to speak at their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Jump season wrapping up at Howelsen Hill

Ski jumpers in Steamboat Springs will have one more chance to make their competitive mark this weekend during the Western Regional Championship and Super Tour finals at Howelsen Hill.

South Routt principal resigns

South Routt Elementary School Principal Kim Rabon has submitted her resignation effective at the end of the 2005-06 school year.

Buzz off flies

Like flatlanders who misjudge the potency of alcohol at our altitude, cluster flies sluggishly reel and spin around the room, bumping into the ceiling, windows and lampshades. They're a general nuisance this time of the year as our air warms up.

School leaders to explore vocational opportunities

A diverse group of education, business and community leaders is moving forward with plans to expand vocational opportunities for students in Routt and Moffat counties.