News for Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Xcel plan all but official

Commissioners put conditions on rail spur

Barring an enormous change of heart from the Routt County Board of Commissioners, Xcel Energy's long sought-after rail spur will be approved.

Propane tank explodes in Hayden

No injuries and little damage reported from morning blast

A small propane tank explosion shook Hayden on Monday morning, but little damage and no injuries were reported.

Officials: Hayden mayor's resignation presents minor challenges

Like any decision in life, Hayden Mayor Joseph Schminkey said his decision to resign came with pros and cons. But in the end, Schminkey said it was the ethical choice to make.

Early-season snow fall dusts top of Mount Werner

It doesn't take more than the season's first dusting to fuel excitement for a Steamboat Springs winter.

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City Council to talk about transportation issues

Spurred by the increase of downtown traffic congestion this summer and the imminent development of west Steamboat, the Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss transportation issues tonight, including alternatives for a bypass through the city.

Moffat County, Steamboat tied for second

It was hard to hear inside the gym after Monday night's high school volleyball match between Steamboat and Moffat County, but it wasn't the home team making all the noise.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 25

Steamboat Springs Cotillion is accepting registration for fall classes for fifth- through ninth-grade students. Participants will learn social etiquette and dances, including waltz, swing, Latin and other styles. The four sessions culminate in a theme party for fifth and sixth graders and a dinner party for seventh through ninth graders. Classes are held at the Steamboat Grand on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 11 and 18, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for fifth and sixth grades and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for seventh to ninth grades. Call Jeanne Parsons at 879-5866 or Kelly Wilson at 870-6085.

The Record for Sept. 23

12:30 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported on Nancy Crawford Boulevard in Oak Creek.

Increased student enrollment may fund staff salary raises

Attracting and retaining educators in Steamboat Springs has been an uphill battle due to the area's high cost of living. But the Steamboat Springs School Board's decision Monday night to set aside more than $200,000 in funds to increase teacher salaries may better position the district to compete for staff.

Tom Ross: World War II a tough time for honeymooners

Watching Ken Burns' documentary about World War II on public television Sunday, I was reminded of a story my late father-in-law Ed Gawronski once told me.

Class tells parents to let kids learn from mistakes

First Impressions of Routt County is sponsoring a free parenting class tonight with a simple message - children learn from making mistakes.