Bill Fetcher

Bill Fetcher 1 month, 1 week ago on Spectacular “Olympic-like” concert is Saturday at Strings

As might be fitting for a Tchaikovsky Spectacular, we're playing Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony rather than Beethoven's. Please attend, you won't be disappointed. Bill Fetcher 2nd oboe, SSO

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Bill Fetcher 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Discovering Steamboat: Bustling coal-mining community now a ghost town

 There are two relics of Mt. Harris that can be seen without leaving one's car. A row of concrete piers across the Yampa River once supported rails for the tram that brought coal from the mine across the river to the tipple for loading aboard Moffat Road gondolas. On the north side of U.S. 40 a white concrete embankment marks the site of the school. A shed now sits where the school did.
 The two-story school is somewhat remembered for its scaled-down (non-regulation size) basketball court; the gym also doubled as an auditorium. It was the scene of music festivals, which many rural schools in Routt County took part in prior to consolidation around 1960. 
 The Wadge mine explosion was one of Colorado's worst mining tragedies and remains Routt County's worst disaster of any sort. The mine was obliged to make repairs and reopen as coal was needed for the war effort.

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Bill Fetcher 3 months ago on City of Steamboat Springs considering paid parking for downtown

Parking meters might work in other resort towns but not in SS, at least they didn't back around 1950 when the city first experimented with them. They were removed after a year or two when it was discovered that farmers and ranchers were parking on the edge of town and walking in to tend to their shopping and other errands. The city might still have them in storage somewhere. Bill Fetcher

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Bill Fetcher 4 months, 1 week ago on Tom Ross: Vivid memories from a grim November weekend 50 years ago never will fade

It's astonishing how little money need be spent to carry out momentous events. The 9/11 terrorist attacks cost little more than a few airline tickets. JFK was shot with a thirteen-dollar mail-order rifle.

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Bill Fetcher 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill opens for skiing and riding

That should be 440 feet rather than 44 feet vertical rise. Howelsen Hill's boat-tow deserves the distinction of having the longest service life of a '30s vintage homemade lift. Ski jumpers preferred it as they could take their long, heavy skis off for the ride up rather than deal with them in the tow-paths of the surface lifts; T-bar, 1948 to 1970 and Poma-lift, 1970 to the present.

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Bill Fetcher 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Susan Marshall: Covering North Routt

Dear Susan: I attended the Clark School, 1st through 7th grade, 1952-1958. Each Monday we students would be asked to submit news stories regarding our families; trips, visitors, birthdays, illnesses, accidents, etc. as well as school and community events such as the annual Christmas party. The teachers (only two at that time) would edit our stories and submit them for printing in the Pilot. The other rural schools also submitted news items in those years before consolidation. We learned some basic journalism; who, what, why, when and where, as well as what's not news (dog bites man), as well as what makes news (man bites dog). Why not appeal to the staff at North Routt Community Charter School to get this program started? It's long overdue. Yours truly, Bill Fetcher

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Bill Fetcher 1 year ago on Four Points Lodge construction to create extra traffic at Steamboat Ski Area

 The soon to be demolished Four Points Hut was not converted from a ski patrol shack but was built from the ground up. For the 1992-'93 ski season there was nothing there but the water and electricity hook-ups that had served the first Four Points double-chairlift. This lift, installed in 1968, did have a ski patrol facility in its top drive terminal. In 1970, when the Thunderhead Restaurant was expanded to become the gondola terminal, Ski Patrol Headquarters was moved there and the Four Points space with its restroom was made a warming hut for skiers. The timeline continues, centered on Storm Peak and Four Points:
 1983, The Storm Peak triple-chairlift is installed, crossing over the Four Points lift at the top of Twister run. The Summit Pomalift (1970), Four Points to the top, is removed.
 1992, The Four Points lift is removed. Its lift-line would become Nelson's Run. The Storm Peak high-speed detachable quad is installed, replacing the 1983 triple-chair, which is shortened and renamed Four Points. 
 1993, Four Points Hut built.
 At last report the old Four Points double-chair continues to soldier on at Eldora as the Little Hawk beginners lift.
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Bill Fetcher 1 year, 1 month ago on Tom Ross: More harrowing than a trip along I-70 on a busy ski weekend

 The story of a train running aground in Granby, while a good story, has no basis in fact. To begin with, Granby was a scheduled stop on route so the train would be slowing. (I had to hunt up a Moffat Road timetable to confirm this.)  Also building speed in a blizzard is never a good idea. Finally, none of my books on the Moffat Road makes mention of this incident.
 There were several wrecks on Rollins/Corona Pass caused by runaways and avalanches whereby locomotives and other rolling stock had to be retrieved by ramps and rail spurs built to the wreck site.
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Bill Fetcher 1 year, 1 month ago on Joel Reichenberger: Five years in and I'm in

By the way, there are places in the county I've never been to because 1) I don't need to or want to go there, 2) I've not been invited there or 3) I've no business there. There're also sports and activities such as mountain biking and snowmobiling I've not taken part in. I don't let this bother me. Neither should you. Bill Fetcher

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