MARCH 4-10


STEAMBOAT SPRINGSCity Council joined Planning Commission this week in going against the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and city staff when it approved a remodel for the depression-era Mountain States Building at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Debate over the highly-visible building centered on whether the windows on the Seventh Street side of the building should be restored to their original size and spacing or should be remodeled to allow for better use of the space by a retail operator.

By a vote of 4-2, council decided the building, which was called an "ugly duckling" at the Planning Commission meeting, could use the facelift.


STEAMBOAT SPRINGSAt a school board meeting Monday night at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, board members will spotlight the success of Cindy Gay. Gay, a science teacher at Steamboat Springs High School, was given the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science in Colorado. Gay recently returned with her family from Washington, D.C., having met President Bush, other policy makers and other award winners from the United States.

After a principal and director report, the board may conduct a BOCES, Board of Cooperative Educational Services, update, and follow with personnel information on resignations, Type III teacher authorization, requests for maternity leave, employment of personnel and substitute teachers.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends before the private executive session at

7:20 p.m.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSRestaurants and shops in Steamboat Springs should be busy today with more than 12,000 ski vacationers expected here.

The Lodging Barometer prepared by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association was predicting on March 7 that 12,185 guests would be laying their heads on pillows here March 10. That's enough visitors to occupy 82 percent of the resort's bed base.

Last year on the corresponding Saturday in March, the chamber was expecting 12,956 guests. Tourism held up well beyond the weekend last year at this time, with a prediction of 12,815 guests here on March 15, 2000, a Wednesday. However, this year's forecast expects the number of visitors here to slip to 10,761 on March 14.

Executives of the Steamboat ski & Resort Corp. say it would have been tough to match the second weekend in March 2000 it was one of the busiest week's in the history of the ski area.

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