News for Thursday, October 12, 2006

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Video: A first look at Friday's headlines

KRMR changes to a country format; Steamboat Springs Middle School falls below adequate yearly progress standards; the Oak Creek Town Board meets tonight; the Sailors football team faces Montezuma-Cortez, and Hayden plays Grand Valley; and the state golf tournament started today. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden approves school district budget

he Hayden School District began the 2006-07 school year with $554,805 in its reserves, or beginning fund balance, compared to $294,758 in reserves in 2005, business manager Jnl Linsacum said.

Beauprez says governor bid an uphill battle

Trailing in the polls, GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez acknowledged Wednesday he faces an uphill battle in his bid for Colorado governor for a litany of reasons - including a dark climate for Republican candidates nationwide.

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Video: Morning News Update

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has learned that both Routt County sheriff candidates have mistakes in their past; the Steamboat Springs City Council appointed Karen Post to the City Council on Tuesday night, but the council did so by secret ballot; the South Routt School Board approved its 2006-07 budget unanimously; two Oak Creek Town Board members have pledged to speak publicly about embattled mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman and town employee complaints about her; Chad Mosher, the saddle bronc rider who won the Pat Mantle Award at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, is looking for the person who broke into his home and stole the rifle he was given as the Pat Mantle winner; and the Sailors football teams is on its way to Cortez for a game against Montezuma-Cortez on Friday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Swimmers kick off season

Four dedicated Steamboat Springs High School athletes will begin their season this weekend after a summer spent training. Cole Worsley, Cody Poirot, Lexie Ruppel and Zach Ruppel will travel to Loveland to compete in the Fall Harvest swim meet Saturday and Sunday.

'It's all about heart'

Hayden's smallish offensive line getting the job done

Imposing isn't the first word that comes to mind after looking at Hayden's offensive line. But effective? Absolutely.

South Routt board approves budget

Expenditures, revenue both $5.72 million; reserve fund maintained

The South Routt School Board approved its 2006-07 budget unanimously and without change during a special meeting Tuesday.

Gifted assessments under way

District in process of evaluating students for special program

Much like special education students or children in the English as a Second Language program, Gifted and Talented students need specialized services, Steamboat Springs School District officials say.

Momentum strong for ski season

Airline passenger bookings ahead of typical numbers

The number of passengers already booked on winter flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport - which start in mid-December - is up 6 percent compared to the same time last year and 13 percent over two years ago. That 6 percent means an additional 2,000 passengers.

Problems with promenade arise

Lack of funding could stall projects around base of ski area

A lack of maintenance funding could stall the start of redevelopment projects around the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs City Council has required planners of base area redevelopment to establish a permanent source of funding for the future operating and maintenance costs incurred by the projects. Those proposed projects include a public promenade, a vehicle roundabout leading into Ski Time Square and snowmelt systems.

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City Council votes revealed

Members appointed new councilwoman by secret ballot

Steamboat Springs City Council members Ken Brenner, Susan Dellinger and Steve Ivancie voted in favor of appointing Karen Post to the council on Tuesday. Council member Towny Anderson voted for candidate Steve Hitchcock. Councilman Loui Antonucci would not reveal whom he voted for, but during the meeting Tuesday, he referred to numbering the candidates on his secret paper ballot one through five in order of preference. Only one of the ballots obtained by the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Wednesday contained such numbering. That ballot gave a vote to Hitchcock.

Scott Stanford: Nothing executive about secret sessions

From the Editor

On Monday, we ran a short story that said the Steamboat Springs School Board would meet in "executive, or secret, session." I received two phone calls (neither was from a board member) complaining that the use of the word "secret" implied deviousness on the part of the board. So what if it did? Webster's defines devious as "not straightforward, frank; deceiving," all of which applies when public bodies meet in private.

Soccer without borders

Steamboat youth team sends donated equipment to Zambia

On a 2005 trip to the South African nation of Zambia, Vince Ventimiglia was amazed to see barefoot children kicking around balls of tied banana leaves on dusty, barren fields. The semi-retired Evergreen youth soccer coach vowed to return to make a simple, immediate impact on the children's lives.

Mantle prize rifle stolen

Mosher family devastated after burglary

Chad Mosher gushed about his latest prize possession everywhere he went. But on Oct. 3, just three days after getting married, someone broke into the Moshers' home outside of Colorado Springs. They took jewelry, electronic equipment and Chad's hunting gear. They even took the laundry soap and toilet paper. But most upsetting, Michelle said, was when the couple found out the burglars had taken the rifle.

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Past mistakes

Sheriff's candidate Wall filed for bankruptcy, Wiggins reprimanded twice

Gary Wall, the Democratic candidate for Routt County sheriff, filed for bankruptcy protection and had liens filed against him by the IRS in the 1990s. Garrett Wiggins, the Republican candidate, has never been arrested nor filed for bankruptcy. However, he acknowledged Wednesday that he has been reprimanded twice in his law enforcement career.

Town Board members to speak out

Oak Creek officials request opportunity to address colleagues

Two Oak Creek Town Board members will address their colleagues about problems at Town Hall during tonight's regularly scheduled board meeting. Town Board members Angie Kralj KenCairn and Steve "Spike" Beven are scheduled to "read a letter or statement into the record," Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.