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Recalling Molly Look's tragic accident and looking at her recovery

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  • SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008VOLUME 121, NUMBER 51 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO www.steamboatpilot.com

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    SAYING FAREWELL

    Triple Crown ends slow pitch

    SPORTS 1D

    DELIVERY COSTS UP

    Flower shops, pizza joints inch up fees

    BUSINESS 1B

    Classifieds . . . . . . . 3BCrossword . . . . . . . 5EEnvironment . . . . . 6AHappenings . . . . . . 2AHoroscope . . . . . . . 5E

    Milestones . . . . . . . 3EObituaries . . . . . . . 3ASouth Routt . . . . . . 7ATelevision . . . . . . . . 5EViewpoints . . . . . . . 4A

    OUTSIDEINSIDELAST WEEK: Will widening the vehicle lanes and narrowing the shoulders by one foot make Routt County Road 36 safer for all users? Results/5A

    VIEWPOINTSTo report home delivery problems,

    please call (970) 871-4250 on Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Missed papers

    will be delivered by 10:30 a.m.

    www.steamboatpilot.comTHIS WEEK: Should the city expand its urban growth boundary to enable development on the north side of Emerald Mountain?

    R O U T T C O U N T Y S N E W S P A P E R O F R E C O R D S I N C E 1 8 8 5

    Afternoon thunderstorms. High of 78.Page 2A

    DELIVERY PROBLEM?PAGE DESIGNED BY NICOLE MILLER

    ZACH FRIDELL/STAFF

    Steamboat Springs School District Technology Director Tim Miles, back left, speaks with Senior Network Systems Engineer Dave Holloway as students prepare computers for server-based software.

    Zach FridellPILOT & TODAY STAFF

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

    Sporting Victorian hats and dresses that looked as though they were plucked from a Jane Austen novel, the staff at the Tread of Pioneers Museum turned heads and received com-pliments from the large crowd at the Pioneer Day Block Party on Friday.

    Candice Lombardo, execu-

    tive director at the museum, said the staff chose outfits from that time period to accompany the time period of the museum, itself a Victorian-era two-story house.

    If the museum staff cant be counted on to dress up in Victorian costumes for the Fourth (of July), then who can be? she said as she handed out toys to children at the block party, an annual event

    at Eighth and Oak streets. We looked at the pictures and tried to replicate what we see.

    Crowds at the block party, when not complimenting Lombardo, enjoyed Routt beer floats sold by the muse-um, lemonade and ice cream sold by the United Methodist Church, and free hot dogs distributed by the Lowell Whiteman School and St Pauls

    Victorian hats turn headsTread of Pioneers staff wears period styles at party

    Index gauges Routt County

    Blythe TerrellPILOT & TODAY STAFF

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

    At first blush, the factors measured by the Routt County Livability Index may seem ran-dom. Charitable giving falls under the same heading as voter turnout. Traffic conges-tion is a page away from water quality.

    But theres a method here, project leaders pledge.

    The livability index was about a year in the making as four groups analyzed fac-tors in four categories: civic, economic, environmental and social livability. The teams used existing data and com-pared Routt with nine other Colorado counties.

    The results include yards of data and provide a starting point for years of research.

    The entire idea behind this was to create measurements instead of anecdotes about quality of life, said Noreen Moore, business resource director at the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative, which spearhead-ed the study.

    The cooperative solicited volunteers from across the county for each committee. The volunteers listed the key issues of their category, figured out what to measure and how, then found and quantified the data.

    The groups weighted each issue in their category. The result was an overall livability ranking for Routt among the counties, as well as a ranking in each category. In those rank-ings, Routt was given a value of 1 to establish a baseline.

    The idea was to create a study that can be replicated annually, Project Manager Roger Good said.

    Study puts figures to quality of living

    See Livability, page 14A

    Melinda DudleyPILOT & TODAY STAFF

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

    Technical issues and a few small fires interrupted Friday nights fireworks finale at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

    Im clearly disappointed, organizer Tim Borden said. Decent show, and terrible finale.

    Borden and his son Scott were excited for Fridays show, billed as Steamboats largest ever, in which 576 fireworks were scheduled to go off at the same time during the finale.

    But after hundreds of pyro-technics lit up the night skies over Howelsen, a muted, errat-ic finale left many spectators wondering what cut the display short.

    The fireworks are set off electronically. Borden said he is unsure exactly what went wrong Friday, but that when the finale was cued, the fire-works just didnt go off.

    Small fires at Mile Run, one of the four launch sites during Friday nights fireworks show, also prevented some fireworks from firing correctly and the flames themselves set off additional fireworks out of sequence, Borden said. The fireworks at two other launch sites failed to go off at all dur-ing the finale, Borden said.

    Most people that know the kind of show we put on realized there was a problem, Borden said. I pretty much prided myself in having a great finale, and this pretty much was not.

    Fires cause finale fizzleTechnical problems, blazes shorten show

    See Fireworks, page 12A

    MATT STENSLAND/STAFF

    Four-year-old Molly Look holds her bunny, Boy, last month at her North Routt County home. A trip to see her bunny Jan. 17, 2007, in sub-zero temperatures, quickly became a life-threating situation.

    With two turkeys, four dogs, 11 puppies, five cats, six kittens and eight hermit crabs, the Look household can be a busy place.

    Were downsizing, says Yvette Look, the mother of four children, three of whom live at the Look home near Fly Gulch in the Elk River Valley.

    There is also Boy the bunny, who 4-year-old Molly holds on a June afternoon while a turkey gobbles behind her in the familys barn.

    On Jan. 17, 2007, Molly took

    an early-morning trip outside the house to visit Boy.

    The visit turned into a life-threatening situation when Molly found herself along a county road, her legs numb from sub-zero temperatures.

    See Molly Look, page 8A

    Zach FridellPILOT & TODAY STAFF

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

    In previous years, Steamboat Springs School District tech-nology staff had to travel to schools and touch each com-puter to update software.

    Now, thanks to a server-based model implemented this summer, updates need only occur at one central location and will be applied to every computer on the districts

    server space. By placing the software on the servers, stu-dents also will be able to access the programs they need from home. Additional technology updates this summer will bring the district to the forefront of American schools in the way technology is delivered, with classes available by podcast, server-based programs and wireless Internet at Steamboat Springs High School.

    The creation of a wireless network throughout the high

    school will allow students to bring their laptops to school and connect to their files stored on district servers.

    Since Ive come to town the question that Ive been asked all the time is, When can I bring my childs laptop to school? said Tim Miles, the districts technology director.

    To ensure security of the dis-tricts servers, students will enter the network through a district

    High school going wirelessUpgrades bringing podcasts, students laptops, district server

    See Upgrades, page 12A

    See Pioneer, page 14A

    A look at Molly In the first installment of a two-part series, the Steamboat Pilot & Today takes a look at what hap-pened to Molly Look of North Routt on Jan. 17, 2007 when Molly, then 3, walked outside of her familys house in sub-zero temperatures to visit her pet bunny. Next Sunday, the Pilot & Today will tell the story of Mollys recovery.

    ZACH FRIDELL/STAFF

    Candice Lombardo, executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, gave away toys to children during the Pioneer Day Block Party on Friday.

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    FAREWELLTriple Crown

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    DELIVERY COSTS UP

    Flower shpizza joiinch up fees

    BUSINESS

    Mollys love for her bunny led to fateful morning

    CONSERVATORY STUDENTS LEARN THOUGH LEADERSHIP | STYLE 1E

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  • 8A | Steamboat Pilot &Today Sunday, July 6, 2008 LOCAL

    When Kathleen Fitzsimmons drove past a young girl wear-ing just a shirt sitting on a snowbank along Routt County Road 52E, the child was beyond pain. She wasnt crying.

    This really does not look right at all, Fitzsimmons said earlier this month, recollecting that morning more than a year ago.

    Fitzsimmons was running late for work because the pipes in her home had frozen over night.

    Where is every-one? Wheres her mom? Wheres the car? she thought at first.

    She picked up the child, who was about 1/4 mile away from the nearest house, and looked her over.

    The girls hands were swollen and the only colors in her face were two rosy dots on her cheeks.

    I thought she was an abuse case, that someone had abandoned her, Fitzsimmons said. I didnt know what to think. It went from innocently going to work, to major trauma.

    Holding the child in her arms, Fitzsimmons began driving the 10 miles south toward Steamboat Springs.

    Police or hospital? Fitzsimmons asked herself. I didnt know. I was confused.

    The girls body was stiff. She was blinking but silent.

    Within the first mile of the drive, the gir