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Topping the news this morning, Steamboat Springs School District voters will vote on a bond issue to pay for a new Soda Creek Elementary School and improvements to Strawberry Park Elementary. On Monday night, the School Board voted to ask voters for $29.7 million in the November 7 election. Soda Creek would be demolished and rebuilt at its current site. At Monday’s meeting, the board approved plans that include additional classrooms for kindergarten classes. Visit Steamboatpilot.com for a tour of the current Soda Creek facility.
Now that the school district has decided to go forward with its bond issue, will the city also put a bond issue for a new recreation center on the ballot? That’s the question facing the Steamboat Springs City Council at its meeting tonight. Earlier this month, the council approved putting an $18 million recreation center on the ballot but council members asked for a community survey before finalizing the election. The results of the phone survey will be released tonight. Council members would not talk about the results Monday. Council President Ken Brenner did say the results make the council’s decision a pretty easy one, but he would not say what that decision is. Reporter Mike Lawrence will be at the council meeting tonight and will have complete coverage in Wednesday’s Steamboat Today.
An 18-year-old Craig woman was seriously hurt Monday in a car wreck on Routt County Road 27 near Twentymile Road. The girl lost control of the car, blew out a tire and ran off the side of the road. The car came to a stop after hitting a barbed-wire fence, the Colorado State Patrol said. The girl was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Police have arrested a man they say is a suspect in a string of burglaries. Twenty-year-old Chris Allan Ecker is being held at the Routt County Jail following his arrest Monday. He is a suspect in burglaries at Backdoor Sports, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Amaze N Steamboat and in thefts at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center and Straightline Outdoor sports. Police arrested Ecker at a makeshift campsite he had set up behind the Hampton Inn.
We’ve been promoting our ski pass give-away for a couple weeks now. Today, we’ve got more details. You’ll be able to start entering on Thursday at steamboatpilot.com and we’ll announce our first winner on Friday morning. On Monday, we’ll announce the Saturday, Sunday and Monday winners. Remember, we’re giving away a lift ticket every day in September and a season pass at the end of the month. You can only enter at steamboatpilot.com so check in with us daily and watch Alexis DeLaCruz each weekday morning to find out who won.
In sports, professional bull riding is returning to Steamboat Springs. The Rocky Mountain Bull Bash is Sunday at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. Bull riders on the Enterprise Series of the Professional Bull Riders Tour will compete for cash prizes. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the first cowboy comes out of the chute at 5 p.m.
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