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Looking Back for Nov. 27, 1958

From the Thursday, Nov. 27, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

The promise of a junior college in a five-county area in Northwest Colorado by 1960 came nearer to reality last weekend as it was learned the planning committee would petition the State Department of Education for permission to establish a junior college district.

The planning committee voted to start circulating the petition immediately, which is the first legal step in the establishment of the college.

The petition, which must be signed by 500 taxpayers, asks the State Department of Education to grant the five-county area, including Routt, Grand, Moffat, Jackson and Rio Blanco, permission to establish a junior college district.

The next step in the process is a special election at which every real estate taxpayer in the area is entitled to vote on the question of whether a junior college district will be established. Within 20 days after the election, if the vote is affirmative, the county superintendents of the five counties will call together the school boards of all first, second and third class districts. Those members then will elect a five-man board which will officially organize a new junior college.

The planning committee also voted to approved the recommendation of a two-campus college, one located in the western end of the area, the other in the eastern end, the western college to be primarily a technical school, and the eastern to be academic.

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Dr. Leroy Good, of the state department, pointed out the urgent need to get a college soon if we are to get out students into any college at all, considering the impossible situation which is almost at hand in our state colleges. He thinks that if we get the voters adequately informed in a short time, the college is a definite possibility by the fall of 1960.

Steamboat Springs area will fight water diversion

The startling news that a Denver engineer and water speculator, John Elliott, had filed on the floodwater’s above Steamboat’s present reservoirs, brought quick action to this area last Friday.

At a special meeting of the town board with officials from several groups that will be affected if the East Slope diverts that huge water supply, it was decided to attempt to file on the old Alkire survey of the area made here in 1913.

Stanley Dismuke, county surveyor, and Ben Chase, district water manager, were assigned to find out if the survey is still valid. If so, Steamboat will be at least partially protected to the extent of these surveys. If not, it will be necessary to find a feasible location for a reservoir and get the land filed and surveyed in the state engineering office.

Jury acquits Younger,

in bull-killing incident

A jury of 12 arrived with its verdict of “not guilty” at about 9 p.m. Thursday after a daylong trial of Charles Younger, charged with the now historic bull-killing incident in Oak Creek.

On the witness stand, Younger readily admitted killing the beast, but the defense proved to the satisfaction of the jury that the action was justified. Supporting witnesses attested to the bull’s viciousness and continual trespassing for the past four or five years on other peoples’ property.

Younger told about how he warned Jack Crawford, owner of the animal, that he would shoot the bull if he did not get it off his property within an hour. When the time had elapsed, Younger marched toward the bull, the bull toward Younger, and man’s ingenious invention, the gun, decided the encounter.

Younger said he bled the bull for slaughter and told Crawford about his act. Letting the dead bull lie, Younger preferred the charges against his neighbor.