News for Friday, August 18, 2006

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Poll shows Salazar leading Tipton

Democrat gets 53 percent from 456 voters

A recent poll shows U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Manassa Democrat, leading Republican challenger Scott Tipton of Cortez by 11 percentage points, 53 percent to 42 percent.

Harris school poll raises questions

Superintendent Howell: Scores are high, but not good enough

Chris Moessner uses fever to help explain the purpose of the Harris Interactive School Poll, which was conducted last year for the Steamboat Springs School District. A fever often signals the onset of an illness. Accordingly, perceptions that a school is not safe, that administrators communicate poorly with teachers, or that the school district improperly spends taxpayers' dollars serve as symptoms of potential problems.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Friday, August 18, with reporter Alexis DeLaCruz. Among the top headlines are a burglary at Backdoor Sports, an accident downtown and Councilman Kevin Kaminski's decision to try to hold on to his council seat.

Wide open

Fifteen South Routt artists show work spaces to visitors

When artists Susan Gill Jackson and Dancy St. John work together in their studio, they blare Sonia Dada.

On Scene

The rain that drummed against the Strings in the Mountains music tent was an uninvited guest for the musicians but a complement to the evening. The inclement weather set the stage for the last intimate chamber music concert of the summer.

Deep in your closet

Museum offers opportunity to wear Levi's, lace

Salon girls, madams and fancy Victorian ladies with high collars will roam Storm Mountain Ranch on Aug. 26.

CD reviews

Johnny Cash, Sophie Milman and G. Love

Roll out the dance floor

Asleep at the Wheel brings Western swing to town

Ray Benson, big boss of Asleep at the Wheel, is 6-foot-7 and wears size 16 boots. But he doesn't stress out about what he wears to the Grammy Awards.

Allison Plean: Almost famous

OK, I may have been a little bit of a groupie at Matt Costa's free concert. So I'm a Matt Costa fan. Sue me. But I prefer to think of myself as a hard-working, dedicated journalist and passionate reporter.

The Record for August 16

6:49 a.m. A pellet gun was found under a gazebo in the 1700 block of Ski Time Square.

Briefs for August 18

Steamboat Youth Hockey registration under way

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Kaminski to keep his seat

Council member to buy apartment in District 3; family will live in District 2

Kevin Kaminski said he plans to continue serving on the Steamboat Springs City Council despite closing today on the purchase of a home outside his district.

Another one gone

Tammy Jenson resigns from DA's office

Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson has resigned from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

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Scout had a little lamb

Farm animals raised by children compete at county fair

Marley Loomis' standard Rhode Island red chicken, Fluffy, won three ribbons at the Routt County Fair Thursday. But she didn't think the competition was very hard.

Sailors golfers take second

If it wasn't difficult enough for Steamboat Springs golf coach Steve Dodson to pick his top four golfers to take to regionals, Thursday's round at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose may have made it tougher.

Man gets jail time for not registering as a sex offender

A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to a 20-month jail sentence Thursday after he pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. District Judge Michael O'Hara handed Anthony Louis Carlson the jail sentence after taking several moments to describe the complexity of Carlson's case and the struggle he had in sentencing Carlson on the misdemeanor charge.

At the Movies

Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

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Drama program future debated

Community members: direction needed at high school

A nonprofit organization wants to operate Steamboat Springs High School's drama program. Stuart Handloff, the former high school drama teacher who resigned at the end of the 2004-05 school year, now operates The Great American Laughing Stock Company. At a board meeting Monday night, Handloff suggested the district contract with the company to run the drama program.

Tennis team aims high

Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis coach John Aragon doesn't sound like a guy who lost seven of his 11 varsity players from last year's team.

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Lord of the strings

Ukulele player rocks the tent

Jake Shimabukuro applies Bruce Lee's martial arts philosophy to his innovative way of playing the ukulele. "One of the ideas behind his whole thing is using your energy as efficient as possible," Shimabukuro said. "His method can be applied to anything in life."

Sights set on Mantle

Rodeo Series ends Saturday with popular bronc event

Six riders have been invited to take a shot at the Pat Mantle Memorial Saddle Bronc Riding title during Saturday night's rodeo at Brent Romick Arena.

Deb Babcock: Know your berries

Gardening

Deb Babcock describes the various types of berries, edible and non-edible, toxic and nontoxic, to be found in the area.

City passes sustainability plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved the Sustainability Management Plan proposed by the city's Green Team.