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A Wish List

With only a dozen or so shopping days left until Christmas, we have developed a wish list for Santa to consider.

The following are the things we’d like to see this holiday season:

A quicker pace on the investigation into former Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann’s use of an expense fund. Granted, the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which is handling the Feldmann investigation, has been sidetracked by two murder cases. But it has been seven months since District Attorney Paul McLimans requested the probe, and Feldmann not to mention the public deserves an answer.

Greater interest in the Steamboat Springs School Board. Last week, Pat Gleason agreed to serve on the school board after no one else stepped forward to fill the vacancy created by the pending departure of Gary Buchan. Buchan was one of the three school board members elected Nov. 6 in uncontested races, but he submitted his resignation at the next school board meeting because he is moving to Maryland. It’s hard to understand why, when every City Council seat is contested, an entity that oversees a $15 million budget and the education of our community’s children has to recruit people to serve.

A long line of blood donors Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Airport. Predictably, after an enormous surge in people wishing to donate blood at the first drive held following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the numbers of willing donors appears to have dropped sharply. Unfortunately, the need for blood hasn’t. In fact, blood drive organizers say, the need is greater now because of the greater risk of accidents during the holiday travel season.

A good crowd at next week’s World Cup events at Howelsen Hill. The Steamboat Heritage Project, the group trying to put together funding to upgrade the jumps at Howelsen, has invited representatives from around the state to attend the event. A strong showing next weekend could be the first step in making sure Howelsen remains among the nation’s premiere ski jumping facilities.

n Support for “A Special Steamboat Christmas Gathering.” The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. worked with guitarist Brent Rowan to put together the CD featuring musicians with ties to Steamboat Springs. Not a bad idea and the proceeds go to a worthy cause the Salvation Army.

Holiday spirit. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so string some lights, go caroling, give to the needy, take a sleigh ride, visit family or do something else that brings you joy during this time of year.


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