Video: Morning News Update |

Video: Morning News Update

Good morning. I’m Alexis DeLaCruz and this is your video news update for Wednesday, Dec. 13. This video news update is brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace Ward of Colorado Group Realty.

A scheduled three-day trial for a former Clark man accused of reckless manslaughter ended abruptly Monday after attorneys received information that the victim in the case refused a blood transfusion after sustaining critical injuries from the car accident.

Steamboat Springs attorney Charles Feldmann, who is representing Daniel Robbins, said Grand County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Edwards received information from a Colorado State Patrol trooper that Jeffery Harris of Clark, the victim in the accident, refused a blood transfusion after being injured in the June 2005 accident. Harris later died. Because the new information “might or might not change the tenor of the case,” Feldmann made a motion to the end the trial to allow more to investigate.

The City Council, meeting Tuesday as the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority, unanimously approved several items spurring redevelopment around the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Approved items include the authority’s 2007 budget of more than $7.2 million, which will finance projects including a roundabout at Ski Time Square near the Steamboat Trading Co. and the Tugboat Grill and Pub, a walkway from the Gondola Transit Center to Ski Time Square, the start of a walkway from the roundabout to a future public promenade, increased signage, infrastructure for sidewalk snowmelt systems and utility expansion.

Ray Birch was sworn in as Hayden’s newest police chief and started his new job Monday. He replaces Jody Lenahan, who retired Oct. 6 after being chief for 27 years.

Birch, who lives in Hayden with his family, cut his commute time to almost nothing by taking the chief position. His last day as a patrol sergeant at the Steamboat Springs-based Routt County Sheriff’s office was Sunday. Birch, who was unsuccessful in getting the Republican nomination to be the county’s next sheriff, said he enjoyed his work at the Sheriff’s Office, and considered the chief job a good career move.

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Pilot Les Liman, who was involved in an incident Nov. 29 at Steamboat Springs Airport, is giving up on his beloved Piper Meridian after a series of accidents.

Liman’s most recent accident occurred during a routine take-off from the Steamboat Springs Airport when the plane slid off the left side of the runway.

Liman was not injured in the accident.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and two representatives with Piper aircrafts met with Liman last week to discuss the accident.

Katie Carter’s week just keeps getting better.

First, Carter helped her UCLA Bruins to their first NCAA Division I national semifinal since 1994 after sweeping the University of Hawaii on Saturday night in Honolulu.

Next, the Steamboat Springs native woke up Tuesday to an e-mailed contract offer from Caguas Criollas – part of the 10-team Women’s Superior Volleyball League of Puerto Rico – to sign on as one of two Americans eligible to compete on the professional team.

Then, Carter boarded a plane bound for Omaha, Neb., where No. 4-seeded UCLA will take on No.1-seeded University of Nebraska at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Hall leaves today to make the long drive to Omaha to see Carter play at the sold-out Qwest Center. The match will be broadcast at 5 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Thursday’s winners advance to the national championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 8 a.m. was 21 degrees under cloudy skies. The high today should be around 36 and there is a chance for some afternoon snow showers.

The rest of the week looks similar, with highs in the 30s and a chance for snow each day.