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Report cards for Routt County’s public schools will be released today by the Colorado Department of Education.

The School Accountability Reports, or SARs, rate schools on academic performance and growth, based on standardized test results from the 2005-06 school year. The ratings will be released at 11 a.m. today.

Routt County commissioners are scheduled to act today on an application for a new oil and gas exploration well at a site east of Hayden.

At a meeting Nov. 16, the Routt County Planning Commission recommended approval of the application from Comet Ridge USA, an Australia-based energy development company. The application would allow for a permit to drill on a 600-acre site about seven miles east of Hayden and less than a mile north of U.S. Highway 40. The site is less than a mile from the Yampa River.

Steamboat Springs is a suburb, said Jonathan Schechter, who has researched growth in resort communities.

Schechter spoke to a packed room of about 200 people Monday night at Centennial Hall. Schechter is the executive director of the Charture Institute in Jackson, Wyo. The nonprofit organization compiles information on rapidly growing and popular resort communities to aid officials in making decisions.

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