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Looking back: Town officers elected April 5

— 75 years ago

From the Feb. 19, 1932, Steamboat Pilot

19th annual ski carnival

Hundreds of eager spectators stood in line on Lincoln Avenue Wednesday ready for the street events, which launched the 19th annual winter carnival in Steamboat Springs. The new snow that had fallen for two days previously was well packed, giving a smooth glistening surface for the street races and specialty events. Music from the Logsdon public address machine added piquancy to the brilliant scene of gala-colored sport suits worn by the contestants. Skiers from various competing clubs were easily recognized by their colors and letters – the red and white, blue and white, purple and orange, green and white, black and yellow, mingled in a kaleidoscope stream of complimentary contrasts.

As usual for carnival time, the weather was a bit teasing with frost in the air and cold enough to keep many toes tapping for warmth. But it was perfect weather for the street events, keeping the street surface firm and smooth, and also for the ski riders who were going through the strenuous paces. At noon the clouds melted away before a bright sun, and the afternoon was warm and comfortable for the ski jumping events on Howelsen slide.

The entry of the Ladies Recreational Club of a handsome float representing activities of the Club brought rousing cheers from the crowds. The beautiful decorations were all emblematic of some special sport. There was a hill covered with pine trees and a miniature slide for jumping. Various members of the club represented one or more of the sport activities, such as fishing, climbing, tennis, golf, skiing, sliding and hiking.

Business men rally to aid Hayden bank

Alarmed by a steady drain of cash, largely caused by fear, during which the cash reserved were being depleted in the banks, the businessmen of Craig and Hayden last Monday declared a business holiday in order to create a feeling of confidence in the three banks of the towns.

The movement started in Hayden, where it is said that withdrawals of some $70,000 have been made since the closing of the First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. Mayor Earl Erwin called a meeting of business leaders and a program by which stores would remain open but a few hours each day was evolved.

The Yampa Valley Bank made a splendid showing in its last report, but like many other banks outside the big cities, its paper cannot be readily realized upon. It is understood officials of the bank will make application to the newly created Emergency Finance Corporation for assistance.

These drastic measures to save the business structure are not new. Both Monte Vista and Hotchkiss, among other towns in the state, have applied for this method and found it will work. It averts a panic and a bank run, allows business to get hold of themselves, see the soundness of the banks and the necessity of working together for the community.

All town officers will be elected April 5

On Tuesday, April 5, the voters of Steamboat Springs will select a mayor and six trustees. Under a new law, elections are now held every two years, instead of yearly as before.

It is said that not a member of the board is anxious to continue in office and several of them are positive in their refusal.

The question now to be decided is whether or not to have two tickets or whether to have a mass convention and select a non-partisan ticket. There are two sides to the question.

When there is only one ticket, there are voters who claim they have not been consulted and think they should have the opportunity to make a selection. The other side is that it is not a party matter and that town elections sometimes arouse antagonisms, and this is not the time to have trouble, it being urgent to work together. Another feature is that some of the most desirable businessmen do not care to engage in a scramble for offices, which, at best, are filled with grief.

Rio Grande asks extension of time

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad will ask the interstate commerce commission for a year’s extension of time in which to construct the

Dotsero cutoff and purchase outstanding stock of the Moffat Road. J.S. Pyeatt, president of the Rio Grande, said on his return from a meeting of the board of directors in New York City.

The Rio Grande will also apply for a $4 million loan from the new Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Pyeatt said. This loan, he explained, would not be used to finance the cutoff construction, as loans are not yet available on projects not yet begun.

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