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Video: Morning News Update

It’s a powder day. The mountain has received 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more than a foot since Friday. There are 114 trails and 13 lifts operating as Ski Corp. ramps up for the Christmas holidays. Jet season flights began Friday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. It was 12 degrees at 8 a.m,. and we are on our way to a high of 29 degrees.

The Steamboat Springs School board meets at 6:30 p.m. today. One the agenda is an update on the district’s strategic plan and on the sale of bonds for elementary school upgrades. In November, Steamboat Springs voters approved $29 million in bonds to replace Soda Creek Elementary School and make improvements at Strawberry Park Elementary school.

The School Board also will talk about partnering with the city of Steamboat Springs on an after-school program at tonight’s meeting. The Igloo, the city’s facility for its current after-school program, is an old portable building that once served as the locker room for Howelsen Ice Arena. The school district and city used to partner on the after-school program, but the partnership ended in a dispute over facilities.

Today is expected to be the busiest day of the year at the Steamboat Springs Post Office. It’s the last day to send cards or packages and be sure the mail will arrive by Christmas. The Post Office does not have extended hours. You can also try shipping with PostNet, but getting packages sent in time for Christmas will cost more. The main post Office is open from 8:30 to 5 p.m. today and the branch in Sundance Plaza is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Projections are that the Stagecoach area could have 640 homes, and a population of more than 2,000 by 2010. The fast-growing community 17 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs is struggling to map its future and whether it should incorporate. Right now, the focus is on attracting some commercial businesses to the area and improving county roads. Check for more on growth in Stagecoach.

In Sports, University of Denver skier Adam Cole won the slalom Sunday in the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series Steamboat Holiday Classic. David Chodunsky was second.

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The Steamboat Sailors beat Rock Springs 76-63 Saturday to win their pool in the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo. Cameron Petet had 18 points and Aaron Calkins has 17 to lead the sailors.

Those are the headlines for now. Check in with for more news updates.