News for Monday, October 2, 2006



Thanks, but no thanks

Candidate rejects special-interest donations

Ken Gordon said he has turned down as much as $100,000 because of his principles. The Democratic candidate for Colorado Secretary of State, Gordon is emphasizing his refusal to accept campaign contributions from special-interest groups and political action committees.

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Ski pass, plane ticket winners announced

Steamboat Springs residents have won a season ski pass and two airline tickets as part of Steamboat Pilot & Today's joint promotion with Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Fairfield Inn to see changes

Steamboat couple expands hotel business with purchase

La Quinta hotel owners Bobby and Awani Amin are coming off the busiest summer in the hotel's history, and they plan to be twice as busy this winter with their newest hotel.

Voter fraud allegations still tripping up voting rights group

An advocacy group that registered more than a million voters two years ago is wrestling with new allegations of voter fraud and sloppy work just weeks before crucial midterm elections.

Two largest papers endorse Democrat Bill Ritter for governor

The state's two largest newspapers, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, have endorsed Democrat Bill Ritter over Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez for governor.

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Video: Morning News Update

The city is nearing completion of a project to brighten alleys in downtown Steamboat Springs; a public forum Friday night in North Routt took a turn from individual speeches to contested debates; it's time for our lift ticket contest to come to an end; and the Steamboat Springs softball team lost both games that they played against Rifle on Saturday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

County Agenda for Monday, Oct. 2

Discussion regarding the Court Ordered Security Requirements for the Clerk & Recorder's office 10:30 to 11:30 Weekly Media Briefing

Youth Corps to help pilot "Safe at Home"

A steep driveway leads to Bruce and Pat Weng's home, a comfortable modular sitting high among aspens and overlooking a vibrant green valley near Oak Creek.

Look in the mirror and you will see the face of aging

Living in the Yampa Valley is, for most of us, living well. Whatever your recreational interests, there are opportunities to play. Whatever direction your home faces, there is a spectacular view. Whether you live in Oak Creek or Craig, Steamboat or Hayden, if you have an opinion about a local issue, you can raise your voice and be heard. The people here are amazing. And let's face it; small town life is just comfortable. Most of us are here because we want to be here.

Briefs for Oct. 2

Local Girl Scouts are selling nuts and candies through Oct. 14. Anyone who would like to place an order can call Tammy Ryan at 879-9813. Also, the Girl Scouts' fall registration is ongoing. For more information, call the Chipeta Council Office at (800) 288-0463 or Steamboat Area Service Team Leader Elizabeth Flaharty at 736-2499.

Coffee with a candidate

Secretary of State hopeful hosts morning meeting

Steamboat Springs residents stopping for a cup of coffee or a scone this morning can meet a man running to be Colorado's next Secretary of State.

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Clear skies

Utility pole removal renewing Old Town alleys

The city is nearing completion of a project to brighten alleys in downtown Steamboat Springs. The 2006 utility undergrounding project is in the final phase of construction, city officials said last week. The project placed power lines and utility cables underground along nearly 10 blocks of downtown alleys, with the ultimate goal of removing utility poles that clog the alleys and stretch wires across the sky.

Exam change benefits patients

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October highlights our community's support for issues that are related to breast cancer. We thought this would be a good opportunity to inform the women in our region of some of the changes in Yampa Valley Medical Center's cancer screening program.

Getting in the ring

Candidates throw verbal jabs at North Routt Forum

If local political candidates were boxers, they would be taking off their warm-up jackets and tightening the straps on their gloves.

The Record for Sept. 30

12:00 a.m. During a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and 13th Street, police arrested a 19-year-old Oak Creek man on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in a single lane. Police also arrested a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man on charges including possession of an open container.

Sailors lose a doubleheader

The Steamboat Springs softball team lost both games that they played against Rifle on Saturday, 14-1 and 27-0. Sailor coach Donna Ryan said the Bears, who are at top of the Western Slope League, were probably the best team that Steamboat has played all year.