Bill Fetcher

Bill Fetcher 3 days, 11 hours ago on City wants to implement new snow plowing system

Frank Dolman's "invention" is not only not silly but not new either. Back when more vehicles sported radio antennas it was common practice to attach a red flag, such as a bandanna or pennant to the aerial so the car might be seen as it inches past a high snowbank.

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Bill Fetcher 1 month ago on Tread of Pioneers Museum celebrates Steamboat Ski Patrol's 75th anniversary

In 1968 the ski area sported three chairlifts: Christie, Thunderhead and Four Points, with Headwall served by two Pomalifts, for a total of five lifts.

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Bill Fetcher 6 months ago on Steamboat company flooded with calls about free Ninth Street cottage

As long as we're rescuing historic houses let's give some thought to salvaging Rex Gill's cabin. It's long overdue. So where is it? It's hidden in the trees near the Highway House just south of town. It would probably have to be dismantled to be removed if the trees are to be spared.

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Bill Fetcher 6 months, 4 weeks ago on Photographer John Fielder publishes new book covering the full length of the Yampa River

How can the Yampa River qualify as "free flowing and wild from the Flat Tops to the Green" when it's restrained by four dams (one with a hydroelectric plant) along with a number of irrigation diversions? This subject has come up before so once again an explanation is due.

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Bill Fetcher 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rural Routt neighbors banding together to thwart hungry hoppers

There's no need to hose down an entire community to control what is an annual, localized problem. I'm referring to the Deer Mountain/Elk River Estates area bisected by CR 129. We've always had grasshoppers and always will, just let them come and go as we do the dandelions. We haven't had a major 'hopper plague of biblical proportions since 2002. Our lawns, such as they are, recovered. Then there are those of us here that have bees; I have four hives. Regardless of what effect the chosen pesticide may or may not have on bees we beekeepers would prefer not to find out the hard, expensive way. Those whose properties are bothered by grasshoppers can deal with them on an individual basis. Let's keep in mind our country's sorry record of looking to high-tech, costly means of engaging enemies, real and imagined. They haven't always worked.

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Bill Fetcher 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Gardening with Deb Babcock: A Steamboat garden is where I want to bee

To learn more about beekeeping on a local level and the problems we face here such as bears and long, hard winters, feel free to join Routt County Beekeeping Association. We usually meet the second Tuesday of each month at Colorado Mountain College, however contact CMC to confirm date and time.

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Bill Fetcher 11 months, 3 weeks ago on Lost ski resorts of Routt County

George: I have those 16mm projectors you're asking about under the Steamboat Lake ski area heading. Call 879-7556 Bill

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Bill Fetcher 12 months ago on Skiing at Steamboat Lake Ski Area, 1973

There were no video cameras, or camcorders for amateur use in the '70s. Footage was taken with an 8mm home movie camera.

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Bill Fetcher 12 months ago on Don Lorenz: Pearl Lake, great skiing

Sorry folks, but those weren't videos but rather old-fashioned 8mm home movies taken with either a spring-driven or battery powered movie camera. Video cameras (camcorders) were at least another decade ahead. (Sale of 8mm film for home movie cameras was discontinued in the early '90s.) Transferring old movie film to a digital format is an expensive process, at least when done professionally. I simply threaded the film through the projector and recorded the image off the screen with, yes, a camcorder. The result is good enough. I was in the Navy at Pearl Harbor, HI when these movies were taken. My thanks to Don Lorenz for identifying those ski jumpers in the film as well as the cameraman, our dad John Fetcher.

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