News for Wednesday, May 7, 2008



Fire destroys downtown garage

Officials don't know cause of blaze in alley behind Oak Street home

A garage burned down early this morning just behind Old Town Pub & Restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs . No one was hurt and fire officials do not know the cause of the blaze.

Winter qualifies in pole vault

At this pace, Steamboat Springs might just become a hotbed for pole vaulting. With less than two weeks of practice, sophomore Jaime Winter qualified for the state meet, winning a jump-off Tuesday at the regional pole-vaulting meet in Battle Mountain.

Xcel gets permit for rail spur over U.S. 40

Issuance ends years-long struggle for train access to power plant

Xcel Energy finally has permission to reconstruct an existing rail spur near the Hayden Station power plant. The company has spent the past four years trying to secure a special use permit to allow it to bring coal by rail directly to the plant.

The Record for May 5, 2008

12:42 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded.

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Skating toward construction

City hosts kick-off meeting for new skatepark design

Jon Casson won't be making any specific requests of the firm designing a new Steamboat Springs skatepark. He just hopes the finished product makes people say, "Wow, Steamboat has a killer park."

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Fetcher, 96, to semi-retire

Water Conservancy District general manager to stay on part time

John Fetcher has decided that at age 96, it might be time to semi-retire from his post as general manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

Three Sailors baseball stars named to All-League team

Three members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team were named to the Western Slope All-League team Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs for May 7

Horizons seeks summer volunteers

Horizons Specialized Services, which provides services and animal-related therapy for people who have developmental disabilities, is in need of volunteers to help with summer events and programs.

School district wants 700 land

Superintendent requests 14 acres, money for elementary school

The Steamboat Springs School District wants the developers of Steamboat 700 to give it 14 acres for a new elementary school - and cover half the cost of building the facility.

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'High-water events' likely

Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale stopped short of saying "flood," but he's nonetheless convinced areas of the county will be subjected to "high-water events" this spring.

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Joanne Palmer: Hair mousse and toe cleavage

I forgot to pack my cleavage! I've taken a few trips out of Steamboat recently and after spending time in airports and the "real" world, I'm here to tell you every woman who is ready, willing and able is sporting cleavage.

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Sailors soccer falls in playoffs

Cherokee Trail claims 3-0 win against Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs avoided Broomfield in the Class 4A state girls soccer playoffs this season, so Cherokee Trail seemed like a relief in comparison.

Our View: Flood concerns rising

Snowy winters don't always translate to spring floods, but it appears the cause-and-effect relationship might hold true this year.

Laura LaMetterey: Earth Day is every day

On any ordinary day, my friends and I practice good stewardship by loving our mother Earth and collecting any trash that gets passed by. Every day becomes a day to appreciate and care for our heritage and our future with the earth, through conscious efforts.