News for Saturday, October 22, 2005



CHS students get medieval

Event is a celebration of students' achievement during first quarter of school

Christian Heritage School was filled Friday with princes wearing royal cloaks, princesses with their puffy dresses and knights covered in armor.

Sizing down

The small-class debate

Class size is perhaps the central debate in the only contested race for the Steamboat Springs School Board on Nov. 1.

Labor honored as Realtor of the year

Last week was not a good time to connect with officers and directors on the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors.

Morgan Kopischke

Morgan Kopischke, daughter of Christy and Kevin Kopischke of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:22 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2005.

Oak Creek project ready for homes

Utilities are in, and roads are complete, but increasing construction costs have hindered lot sales in the Sierra View subdivision in Oak Creek.

Two Steamboat men dead in plane crash

Men were flying home from Iowa when plane went down near Walton Peak

A plane went down Saturday night north of Walton Peak on Rabbit Ears Pass, killing the pilot and passenger. The identities of the two men are not being released until the families have been notified.

Kelly Kent Johnston Sr., 1948-2005

Kelly Kent Johnston Sr. died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs from heart failure following surgery. He was 57.

Festival creates pumpkins of a different color

How fast can throngs of children eager to paint pumpkins go through about two tons of the vegetable? About 30 minutes, Pumpkin Festival organizer Rob McCarthy said.

Special Forces

Steamboat turns to special teams to win games

Ben DeLine has the genetics. Now, he is developing the skill.

Real Estate Transactions for Oct. 11 to 14


Super leak?

Craig Wal-Mart threatens to deflate Steamboat tax receipts

When a new Wal-Mart Supercenter opens in Craig in early 2007, the city of Steamboat Springs could experience a hit in sales tax revenues as dollars flow down valley.

Work better, for free

Web tools make businesspeople more efficient

Web-based productivity tools are making it easier for independent businesspeople to operate far from the Yampa Valley.

The Record for Oct. 23

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Insurance for floods takes some by surprise

Updated maps alter requirements

Flabbergasted. That's how Mike Middleton reacted to a letter from his mortgage lender telling him he needs flood insurance for his home.

Students are taking the lead

New leadership class at Soroco High School already producing results

For the first time ever, Soroco High School students, parents and community members will be able to attend a Halloween Carnival thanks to the persistence and dedication of 11 students in a new leadership class.

Building Permits for Oct. 10 to 14

Steamboat Springs All About You Salon/Waterside Village 25 11th Street KHB Construction Services Tenant Finish $250,000

Business briefs for Oct. 23

Drahota building Fox Creek Village Drahota, Inc., general contractor, reports that construction is under way on Fox Creek Village affordable housing project at 1303 Hilltop Parkway South in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat drops home match

Steamboat Springs had the momentum and a two-games-to-one lead. But there were the Eagle Valley volleyball players, laughing it up with one another and coach Rob Crawford.

John Spezia: Stop the negativity

The negative letters using selected facts and half-truths to reach pre-determined and inaccurate conclusions about City Council candidates are a disservice to our community. These letters are an insult to the intelligence and integrity of the reader.

Library plan will benefit all in community

As a mother of young children and a person who respects the intricacies of running a business, I want to present a few points for consideration with regard to the proposed Library Expansion Project.

Election a battle for control of council

Four to three. Three to four. A division. That's what the residents of Steamboat Springs have seen from their City Council recently: numerous 4-3 votes from the seven-member group.

Our View: Library plan too expensive

The East Routt Library District's plans to expand the Bud Werner Memorial Library are well thought out. No doubt, a bigger, newer library would be a nice addition to the community.

Get your body in gear

Ski season approaching fast

All the hiking and biking you did this summer was good for your heart, but endurance isn't nearly as important during ski season.

Ruby Allison Humphrey, 1922-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Ruby Elizabeth Allison Humphrey died Oct. 13, 2005. She was 83.

John Brockman: Time for change

I have lived in Steamboat Springs for 25 years and used to think the City Council was for the people. Now, I see the Chamber Resort Association dominates City Council.

Nancy Spillane: Say yes to library

Every community with outstanding public spaces makes a statement about itself. A well designed and staffed courthouse, post office, library, and recreational facilities tell residents and visitors alike that the people who live here care enough about each other. They make the small sacrifices necessary to build a home in which their children will want to remain, and which visitors will admire. The Greeks and Romans understood this. Other societies have followed their example.

Tigers slip to third in league

Hayden football is still in the Class A Western Slope League picture -- but barely -- after a 29-8 loss to West Grand on Friday in Kremmling.

Steamboat has suffered rash of incidents

Ten plane crashes in little more than 6 years

Steamboat Springs has been affected by a rash of plane crashes in recent years. Since 1999, there have been 10 incidents involving aircraft based in Steamboat or flying to or from Steamboat Springs Airport-Bob Adams Field. Fourteen people have died in those incidents.

Class notes for Oct. 23

Optimist names Labor Teen of Month The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs has chosen Kelly Labor as the Teen of the Month for September.

Sound off for Oct. 23

Voting bloc I have lived in the Yampa Valley for 10 years but not in the city of Steamboat Springs I have read about the City Council and their activities with great interest for all that time. One observation has become very clear and that is that there is a majority voting bloc that continually votes with the Chamber interests in mind. So much so that they should adopt the motto "Of the Chamber, By the Chamber, and For the Chamber." Just look at the record of votes and actions.

Don Schwartz: DeVincentis is best choice

John DeVincentis is the best choice for the District One School Board seat. John has a 20-year history of innovative, thoughtful and dedicated leadership in the Steamboat Springs schools. He will bring those same qualities to the School Board. His success is unparalleled, guiding Strawberry Park Elementary to School of Excellence designation year after year. John understands the ingredients to success. He is the most widely read administrator I've encountered, and he has the vision to implement best practices in our schools.

Gail Sigman: Defending Romberg

It's too bad supporters of Bud Romberg's City Council opponent feel the need to attack Bud, who is my father, instead of supporting their candidate.

South Routt Calendar for Oct. 23

Monday, Oct. 24 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.

Sailors come up short in bid for second

Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon knew going into the final day of state high school tennis championships that if the Sailors we

City Council District 1

Incumbents view for seat

Two current Steamboat Springs City Council members, Nancy Kramer and Steve Ivancie, are facing off for the District I seat. Kramer has been the District I representative for four years, during which she said the council has built a solid framework. Now she wants to progress with that framework.

Our View: Giving tennis a bad name

He doesn't yell when he makes a point; he rarely questions calls; and the only thing he hits with his racquet is the ball.