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Looking back for Nov. 20, 1958

National Forest receipts hit billion-dollar mark

— The billionth dollar in national forest receipts will be deposited in the federal treasury tomorrow, Secretary of Agriculture Benson announced today. He said the cash receipts were only part of the dividends these public lands pay.

The one billion dollars includes gross income since 1905, when the Forest Service was established.

East Slope wants Yampa River water diversion

A Denver water speculator’s filing on the floodwater area above Long Lake was news that completely overwhelmed opening complaints about the garbage ordinance at the Friday town board meeting.

Bob Gleason, a Steamboat attorney, said the speculator, John Elliott, filed the water diversion intention Sept. 30 in the state engineering office. Should someone get the right to tap the tremendous water supply without an effective protest from Steamboat Springs, it would mean status quo from Steamboat and much of Routt County as far as extending its water supply.

“What could happen if someone decides to follow up the filing by Gleason and it is approved, would be the diversion of almost 500 cubic feet of water from the Fish Creek and Storm Mountain watershed drainages combined,” Gleason said.

Gleason said this water would, in all probability, be used to feed the North Platte River drainage, from which, in turn, water would be borrowed to refill the Colorado River, which is being tapped for the Big Thompson project. The lawyers said waters on the North Platte and the Colorado have been adjudicated and would have to be replaced from somewhere – namely, the huge floodwaters on the Continental Divide above Steamboat.

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“It is not too late for the people in this area to do something about this threat to further use of these floodwaters,” Gleason emphasized. “But plans should be made as soon as possible to combat the threat.”

Werner to be featured on film at ski show Saturday

Buddy Werner, of Steamboat, America’s top competitive skier, will be seen in the official films of the World Championships and the Winter Olympics, coming to Steamboat at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are available at Bud’s Sporting Goods, Dell’s Jewelry and from Little Toot mothers.

In the Alpine championships at Badgestein, Austria, Werner won the hearts and the acclaim of the crowd, when he struggled to his feet after a bad spill near the finish of the downhill race and finished on one ski to place 36th. He placed fourth in total time on two runs in the slalom and fourth in the giant slalom race, to reach seventh place in the Alpine combined.

The Austrians named him “the ski cowboy from Colorado.” All of Werner’s fine skiing is shown in detail in “Gold on Silver Slopes,” official film of the 1958 World Alpine Ski Championships, one-half hour color and sound.

To complete the two-hour color film program, the artistic and dramatic Italian-made documentary of the VII Olympic Games at Cortina, “White Victory,” will be shown. In the Olympic downhill race, Werner is shown as he recovers from a fall and places 11th, the only American to finish the treacherous course at Cortina.