October 2010

There are 9 blog entries for October 2010.

YVRA is in the middle of a $6.8 million project that, when completed, will include a new restaurant, an expanded baggage claim area and a second story on the main terminal building. It’s the third and final phase of massive improvements that began in summer 2003 and have overhauled the Yampa Valley’s biggest travel hub.

This winter, interior work will continue on the new, ground-floor restaurant in the heart of the airport’s terminal. Rex Brice, owner of four Steamboat Springs restaurants, said he’s the “operations consultant” for the new eatery.

The restaurant is slated to open in about a year and will offer full-service, sit-down meals along with a grab-and-go format. Brice described the food as “whimsical American fare” that will be “spins on

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Forecasters say a major storm could bring 16 inches of snow to parts of the state. 

Loveland Ski Area became the first resort in Colorado to open Sunday.  One run opened at 9 AM with an 18 inch base of snow. 

"This is the first time we've opened on a weekend in at least eight years" said John Sellers, resort spokesperson. 

Arapahoe Basin is scheduled to open today. 

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Winter is fast approaching, which means it is time for the Annual Lift Up Coat Drive.  Today at the Space Station downtown from 10 am - 5 pm and tomorrow at Walmart during the same time, the Colorado Group Realty moving truck will accept donations of gently used coats.  Ski Town Cleaners at Curve Plaza will clean the coats. Starting November 1st at the Lift Up Food Bank, Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm, coats will be given out. 

Read the Steamboat Pilot article

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As temperatures fall in autumn and winter, the cost to keep a warm home begins to rise. Winterizing is necessary to avoid freeze-related home damages and keep your heating budget manageable. Pick up a few of these tested tips, and you can help control those energy and financial leaks before they start!

Weatherstripping
Door Sweeps
Sealing Cracks
Storm Windows
Hot Water Heater Wrap
Clean Gutters
Get a Furnace Check-Up

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A couple close to retirement asks June Fletcher of the Wall Street Journal what the best use of their money is.

Q: We have a mortgage worth $177,000 pm a house we've owned for 21 years.  We refinanced our loan twice, and now have a 30-year mortgage at 6.48% that we took out in 2002.

My husband and I are now six years from retirement, and we are trying to figure out the best use of our money.  We have enough to pay off the mortgage without dipping into our IRAs, and we'd sleep better if we didn't have a mortgage hanging over our heads.  Is this a good idea?

A: Given the economy's continuing weakness, the fact that you have cash that's not tied up in IRAs and how close you both are to retirement, I think it's a fine idea to pay off your mortgage.

Here's

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Crank up the curb appeal

Pull weeds, rake leaves and trim overgrown shrubs, especially if they block windows or the path to your front door.

Paint

A fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home appeal larger, brighter.

Make repairs

Fix things like leaky faucets and sticky cabinets and replace old screens.

Rearrange

Make sure your furniture placement allows for easy traffic flow and shows the purpose of each room. 

Pack up

This includes personal photos and portraits.  Less is always more. 

Organize

When your house is meticulously organized, buyers will envision themselves living a stress free life in your home.

Clean

Clean every inch of your house and don't forget to make your windows and floors sparkle. 

Lighten up

Let the sun shine

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The river advocacy group, Friends of the Yampa announced plans to establish itself as a nonprofit organization under Colorado law.

The mission statemen of Friends of the Yampa is to enhance and protect the enviornmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River, its basin and tributaries through stewardship, advocacy and education. 

The city's Yampa River Structural Master Plan, adopted in 2008, gives Friends a blueprint for river rehabilitation projects.  The plan, with the help of Ecological Resource Consultants, identified patterns of use and areas along the six mile town stretch of the river that needed work.  It also assessed existing human made enhancements to the current that are out of date in their design. 

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