News for Saturday, July 16, 2005



Our View: Houston, we have good news

Tempering bad news on the airline front this month, a report that the number of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport from Houston in June was up by 42 percent amounts to a big win for community leaders.

Trout Creek to build on Creek Ranch model

Rural subdivision makes most of natural features

Rambling along a rough two-track road overlooking Trout Creek, Brent Romick points to meadows ripe for hay production, upland grazing areas and views spanning to the Flat Tops and Wyoming.

Sunray back on track with new builder

Fourth phase expected to be released for presale within six months

After a few bumps in the road, the Sunray Meadows condominium project on Village Drive is back on track.

Food, crafts make farmers market a Saturday success

Where can you get homemade salsa, emu oil, a breakfast kabob, fresh fruits and vegetables and bath salts all in one trip? The Old Town Farmers Market, of course.

LIFT-UP numbers are on decline

Officials say if trends continue, South Routt office's future may be re-evaluated

The future of LIFT-UP's Food Bank office in Oak Creek is in jeopardy because of a lack of use, officials with the nonprofit said.

Soundoff for July 17

Weighing bottom line

Saying Goodbye

Steamboat loses a great lady

Her body would live two more days, but she knew as soon as the nurses gave her morphine for the pain that her mind would go.

Jones has new perspective about Olympics

Four years ago, a wide-eyed Clint Jones could only imagine what it was going to feel like to jump in the Olympics.

Hounds & Hares stumps runners

Holt and George Vaughan were walking punchlines.

Mill levies up for voter approval in November

The average Steamboat Springs homeowner could see his or her property taxes increase by $180 if voters approve the three mill levies slated to appear on November's ballot.

Henry R. Savage, Ph.D.: A cheap shot

You recently published two letters on the science of global climate change from Jim MacNeill and myself. I am afraid your readers have been misled. I do not speak for ExxonMobil Corp. I am not affiliated with the company in any way, nor have I been for many years. I am not aware of their position on the subject or even if they have a position. MacNeill's letter was just a cheap shot presumably designed to damage my credibility. It is incorrect and unfair to ExxonMobil Corp. and me.

Jada Marley Crispin

Jada Marley Crispin, daughter of Robert and Deb Crispin of Salmon, Idaho, was born May 19, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Marsha and Martin Nash of Craig, formerly of Steamboat Springs, William Marks of Wexford, Penn., Marylou Crispin of Missoula, Mont., and Robert Crispin of Missoula, Mont. Her great-grandmother is Marion Luke of Craig.

Mine growth's effect uncertain

Big production increase likely to be felt in county economy

The news this week that Peabody Energy will increase production dramatically at Twentymile Coal Company ensures that one of the foundations of Northwest Colorado's economy will continue to be vital for years to come.

Search for man resumes

Searchers looking for a missing Steamboat Springs man found several items of clothing they said may belong to him.

Fires yield to rebirth at Trappers Lake

Other hikes in the area, such as the trail to Mirror Lake, show no evidence of fire

A trip to Trappers Lake in the White River National Forest two hours south of Steamboat Springs unavoidably involves the aftermath of wildfire. But it also brings startling beauty from the forest floor, and ample opportunities to hike in forests untouched by flames remain throughout the area.

Class notes for July 17

Fisher graduates from Wheaton with honors Jennifer Elizabeth Fisher, daughter of Tom and Sandy Fisher of Steamboat Springs, graduated magna cum laude with biology honors May 24 from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She received a bachelor's degree in studio art, with minors in biology and chemistry. She received membership in Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society upon graduation.

Building boats, relationships

In summer shop program, students, parents get experience they won't forget

Building a boat is not just about the end product.

Demand for surveyors high

The booming construction industry in Routt County is causing the area's few land surveyors to work long weeks. A new city ordinance requiring surveys of new buildings at the foundation stage will only add to the load.

Building permits for June 25 to July 8

Steamboat Springs Ichabod, LLC 185 Sleepy Hollow Lane Total Structures, Inc. Duplex -- Left Side $665,174

Business briefs for July 17

Lifelong rancher Jay Fetcher has been named to the Yampa Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees. Fetcher is the managing partner of Fetcher Ranch on the Elk River in North Routt County.

Thomas Laprade: Smoking ban stinks

The bandwagon of local smoking bans now steamrolling across the nation has nothing to do with protecting people from the supposed threat of secondhand smoke.

John DeVincentis, Ph.D.: Add a kindergarten teacher

After reading a Steamboat Today article in which Donna Howell, superintendent of schools, stated that out-of-district kindergarten students would be taken off the Strawberry Park Elementary School rolls, I want to give a different point of view and explain why I would keep those students enrolled. Those seven students would bring state funding at about $3,600 a student or $25,200 total, enough to pay for an additional kindergarten session.

The Record for July 17

Friday, July 15 12:05 a.m. A drunken man reportedly stole an unattended motorcycle in the area of AprÃs Ski Way and Village Drive. The man took the motorcycle and tried to coast it down the street and eventually crashed the motorcycle. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Arrest Record for July 17

Saturday, July 9 Edilberto Angel Uriarte, 29, Steamboat Springs--DUI, no proof of insurance, no valid operator's license, failed to signal (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Nancy Lourie Blackett: 1928-2005

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Nancy Lourie Blackett passed away July 9, 2005, in Fort Collins. She was 78.

Smokefree Steamboat:

At a recent City Council public debate, one council member commented that it was past time for the Steamboat Springs City Council to take a strong leadership position on the public- and worker-health issues related to secondhand smoke.

Russell: No one said it was going to be easy

Life in Steamboat Springs is not easy for parents.

U13 boys undefeated into semis

The chance to repeat as champions remains a possibility for the Steamboat Springs U13 boys soccer team.

Jericah Rae Ophelia Haptonstal

Jericah Rae Ophelia Haptonstall, daughter of Jessica and Jeremy Haptonstall of Craig, was born at 10:31 a.m. on July 10, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Her grandparents are Ray and Darla Haptonstall of Craig, Jesus and Cindy Contreres of Craig, Kathy Jones of Albuquerque, N.M., and Russ Jones of Steamboat Springs.

Abbigail Grace Boyce

bbigail Grace Boyce, daughter of Kim and Kris Boyce of Clark, was born at 10:50 p.m. July 10, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Her grandparents are Sharon Boyce of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Brenda and Marvin Carmickle of Lake Havasu, Ariz.


Friends and family of Ann and Jim Severson will gather in Steamboat Springs on July 31 to celebrate the couple's 50th wedding anniversary.

Fuller -- Richardson

Elizabeth W. Fuller of Hilton Head, S.C., and Thomas and Riccie Fuller of Rock Hill, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Elizabeth Fuller of Steamboat Springs, to Larry Keith Richardson of Steamboat.

Thomas Chladek Cooper

Thomas Chladek Cooper, son of Petra Chladek and Nat Cooper of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:05 a.m. July 7, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Emilia Claire Cooper. His grandparents are Ema and Stan Chladek of Broomfield Hills, Mich., and Jane and Thomas Cooper of Denver.

South Routt calendar for July 17

Monday, July 18 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Megan Elyse Gill

Megan Elyse Gill, son of Diana and Mark Gill of Morgan Hill, Calif., was born at 2:14 p.m. July 1, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Jim and Roberta Gill of Steamboat Springs, and Al and Betsy Ding of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Casey Michael Wolf

Casey Michael Wolf, son of Alexis and Alex Wolf of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:01 a.m. June 30, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Jean and Charles Cidorowich of St. Louis, Mo., and Heide and Karl Wolf of Mt. Lakes, N.J. His great-grandmother is Fedela Cidorowich of Bridgeport, Conn.

Transactions for July 5 to 11


Making the right call

There is no place Bill Elder would rather be on a Friday night than under the lights.