Looking back for Dec. 11, 1958
Yule lights brighten Steamboat
Christmas music filled the air as Mayor Glenn Stukey turned on the lights at 7:30 Tuesday evening and carolers led by Mrs. Geraldine Elkins gave voice to the ever-popular songs of the season.
Many people who were walking along at a leisurely pace to look at the brightly lit store Christmas displays stopped for a few minutes to join in the merry singing. Max Stanton, high school music director, and his brass quartet accompanied the group.
Christmas home lighting event will be judged
There are only a few days left to get your Christmas home lights up as the judging will take place the night of Dec. 16.
There will be four judges from out of town this year. They will judge the following points: Artistic merit, which includes appropriateness of theme, composition or scheme, design and workmanship of units; originality of new ideas, effects and new uses of old material; ingenuity in using the structure of the house and its surroundings, in assembling display, in simplicity of construction and in simplicity of installation.
A new idea this year will be to have grade school and junior high students build snow figures in front of their homes. Local merchants will give prizes to all children who build a snow statue. The only requirement is that it have some type of light on it so it can be seen at night.
If you want your house decoration judged, you must turn in your name and address to the Chamber of Commerce office by Dec. 16. Prizes this year will be $40 for first, $30 for second, $20 for third, $10 for fourth and $5 for fifth.
75 hunters to come for only postseason on elk
Hunters poured in by the hundreds today from every part of the state to line up outside the court house for a chance at a drawing for 75 elk validations.
Trucks, Jeeps, trailers and station wagons were piled high with all kinds of gear – from horses to snow cats – for four days of stalking the coveted game, with heavy snow promising great success in this sole post-season area of elk of either sex in the state.
Recent snow should aid the hunters in stalking their quarry.
There has been a substantial increase in the Routt County elk population, and with only a narrow belt of winter range in this area, the Fish and Game Department has deemed it necessary to thin out the herd to some extent.
C.A. (Bud) Herd said if the trend were allowed to continue, the future hunting potential of this area would be seriously affected.
“This post-season is one of several tools to be used to obtain better distribution on the range and to lessen damage inflicted on ranchers’ hay stacks,” the wildlife conservationalist said.
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