Bill Fetcher

Bill Fetcher 2 weeks, 6 days 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 1 month, 2 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 3 months, 1 week 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 4 months 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 6 months, 1 week 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 6 months, 2 weeks 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 6 months, 2 weeks 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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Bill Fetcher 7 months ago on Good to be the Chief: Becoming the Chief

It's possible to date photos depicting the Chief Theater by the release dates of the movie titles on the marquee. I question the 1967 year given for the photo on page 2A. Disney's "The Vanishing Prairie" was released in 1954. Lead time for a movie's release and when it finally got a Steamboat showing could be several months. Given the Winter Carnival crowds lining main street, we can safely assume the photo was taken in February 1955. I doubt "Vanishing Prairie" was brought back in 1967 as a re-run. The photo on page 3A would be Winter Carnival either 1958 or 1959. The short-subject "Ski Town U.S.A." was released in December 1957. Disney's "White Wilderness" came out in 1958. Either the Chief Theater got a rush booking for a February showing, or this was a repeat booking the following year. "Lake Placid Serenade" (page 4A) was released in 1944, photo likely taken in 1945. While not unique the Chief, another feature was a "cry room" where parents could take crying babies. It was a sound-proof room with a view of the screen, with the movie's soundtrack piped in. Bill Fetcher

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Bill Fetcher 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Kay Clagett will take final bow at Strings festival in Steamboat at the end of 2015 season

Just so you'll know, the Steamboat Springs Community Orchestra moniker goes back 20 years. Our local orchestra has undergone several name changes in an effort to avoid confusion with the Strings Music Festival Orchestra and still the two get mixed up. Here goes: Steamboat String Orchestra, 1992; Steamboat Springs Community Orchestra, 1994; Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, 1997; Steamboat Springs Orchestra, 2006; Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, 2010.

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