News for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Big box talk on tap

Debate continues about large-format retail west of town

The conversation to decide whether a big box store will spring up next to Steamboat II - or on both sides of it - begins at tonight's meeting of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

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Ski area leaving slow period

Diamond spoke about trends, future with panel at business breakfast

The next several weeks look good for tourists, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said this morning, at a breakfast that included predictions and concerns from other local business leaders.

Commission questions DOW on elk population

Moffat County Commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers said the Colorado Division of Wildlife needs to demonstrate honesty and make itself available to local residents if it wants to improve its public image.

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Affordable housing plan to see drastic changes

City Council will draft major policy revisions

In a 4-3 vote, the Steamboat Springs City Council decided to move forward with an affordable housing ordinance that would suspend linkage, an impact fee that requires developers to mitigate - with units or a fee - a percentage of the work force housing their developments are thought to create.

Sailors Pavers set to be sold

Bricks to line entry of Gardner Field

The Steamboat Springs Booster Club is set to begin selling Sailors Pavers - engraved bricks that will line the entrance to Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden teen Josh Hines earns Youth Corps honor

Sixteen-year-old Josh Hines, of Hayden, will be honored tonight as the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps' 2008 Corpsmember of the Year. He's receiving the award from the city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services department.

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Joanne Palmer: Authentic as it gets

In the 19 years I've lived here, I've watched Steamboat take on many personas. One year, ads proclaim Steamboat is Ski Town USA; the next, Steamboat is a world-class ski resort. We're friendly, folksy, snowy and home to lots of Olympians.

North Routt Community Charter School remains determined

Facility continues expansion in face of budget cuts

The slowing economy and threat of cuts from the state have not slowed the North Routt Community Charter School.

John Fetcher praised before Congress

US Rep. John Salazar reads tribute to House of Representatives

John R. Fetcher died Feb. 6 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 97. Fetcher was known throughout Colorado as a builder of ski areas and reservoirs. Congressman John Salazar paid tribute to Fetcher on Tuesday during a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alpine teams finish 3rd in Beaver Creek

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls Alpine teams each finished third on Friday in Beaver Creek. Pacing the boys in the giant slalom event was Connor Bernard, with a third-place finish.

Forum speakers to outline local geothermal opportunities

The resources to develop a geothermal power plant may lie right in Steamboat Springs' backyard, Matthew Sares plans to tell a local audience Thursday.

David R. Freseman, Pamela Graham: Housing solution needed

LIFT-UP of Routt County is very grateful to the generous community we live in. At a time of great need in our county, we have seen countless food drives and food donations, donations for our Thrift Store, and amazing monetary donations to assist those in need. It is obvious from our perspective that we live in a caring, supportive and generous community.

Barb Parnell and Liz Morgan: Through with chew

In Colorado, 7.3 percent of adult men use chew tobacco on a daily basis, compared to the national rate of 6 percent. Chew tobacco use rates can vary dramatically according to where you live, and some areas of Southeast and Southwest Colorado can have rates of adult men who chew as high as 20 percent. Among high school-age boys in Colorado, about 12.4 percent use chew tobacco, whereas the national rate is about 10 percent.

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Smooth sailing for girls hoops in Gypsum

Steamboat trounces Eagle Valley, 63-39

While Steamboat Springs played like the Road Runner, its Eagle Valley counterparts looked more like the Wile E. Coyote.

The Record for Feb. 9

12:50 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive where there was a loud party.

Our View: Honoring 2 Steamboat icons

There are few men who have had as great an impact on the Yampa Valley as Jim Temple and John Fetcher. Their lives are worth remembering, honoring and celebrating.

Success Steps lunch to provide negotiation tips

Talk to focus on pointers from Harvard authors

Randy Rudasics is leading a lunchtime workshop Thursday to explain what he means. Rudasics, manager of the Bogue Enterprise Center and a SCORE counselor, plans to use a book to guide the business-focused Success Steps talk at Steamboat Smokehouse.

County institutes hiring freeze

Routt manager: Area revenues are declining at a severe rate

Fearing deeper revenue declines than budgeted, Routt County government has instituted a hiring freeze that applies to all positions vacated as of Tuesday.

County could recoup traffic ticket revenue

Commissioners move toward increasing penalties for local infractions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday to adopting the Colorado Department of Transportation's Model Traffic Code, which not only would raise fines for local traffic offenses, but also send some of that money back to Routt County's general fund instead of to the state.

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New 'green' dry cleaner opens

Owners aim to compete with other Steamboat Springs operation

Resort Dry Cleaning has opened in Steamboat Springs to compete with Natural Cleaners. Resort Dry Cleaning is in Riverside Plaza in western Steamboat. Shawn and Rhonda Graham own the new operation, which opened Jan. 19.