News for Thursday, December 28, 2000

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Library bonds retired early

The East Routt Library District, serving Steamboat Springs, is headed into the new year with a load of debt off its books. The library district, which operates on a small property tax millage, recently made the final payment on a $575,000 general obligation bond that wasn't set to be retired until later in 2001.

'Free parking' ends at airport

"No more Mr. Nice Guy" appears to be the message coming from the manager at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. "People are just parking anywhere out here," said Airport Manager Jim Parker, who said he was forced to tow more than six cars on Wednesday and boot others.

Ski Patrol to seek new home

Ski Patrol headquarters at the Christie Base isn't going anywhere this winter despite construction activity in the neighborhood. But the days of the Christie Base in its current location are numbered.

Locals fare well at moguls competition

Local freestyle skier Lauren Crawford put a scare into Voodoo on Thursday, busting down the trail in 32.68 seconds.

Tourists expected to crowd town

Be prepared to ski around beginners, avoid traffic in town and wait in line if you go out to dinner because this weekend, more tourists will be in Steamboat Springs than possibly any other time during the winter. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association forecasted more than 14,000 vacationers spending the weekend in Steamboat Springs, which more than doubles the population of the town.

'Habitat' gets first lot finally

After two years of looking for a lot to build a home on, Routt County Habitat for Humanity has finally found one. Unfortunately, the nonprofit group had to pay full price. "We had hoped, dreamed, that somebody might donate a lot or sell us one at a deep discount," said Ray Wright, a local Realtor on the Habitat for Humanity board.