Video: News update for Feb. 23 |

Video: News update for Feb. 23

— A Federal Aviation Administration official said Thursday that it is possible to close the Steamboat Springs Airport but that it will be very, very expensive and that the city can expect a fight from the FAA. Craig Sparks an FAA manager who oversees airports in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah – told the Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee that any plan to close the airport would come down to the city’s ability to pay back the federal government for grants accepted during the past 20 years. That would likely cost millions. The City Council last year commissioned a study into alternative uses o the airport.

Steamboat Springs is expected to see a bump in tourist visits this weekend, thanks in large part to the National Brotherhood of Skiers. 14,300 out-of-town visitors are expected to stay in Steamboat on Saturday night, 800 more than the same weekend last year. The National Brotherhood of Skiers is an association of ski clubs that promotes skiing among minorities. The group is holding its weeklong 2007 summit in Steamboat and is expected to bring 2,000 visitors here.

The Hayden School District’s new vocational building will be named The Babson Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center in recognition of the Babson Carpenter Foundation’s $130,000 contribution to the project. Hayden has raised nearly $500,000 toward the building, which is expected to cost more than $1 million. District officials will appear before Rout County Commissioners today to seek support for an Energy and Mineral Impact Grant that will be key to getting the building finished.

The city of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved Strings in the Mountains’ plan to replace its existing tent with a permanent structure. Strings president Kay Clagett said Strings should be ready to begin construction of the 9,107-square-foot music pavilion in August, and that it will be ready for the 2008 summer season.

Here is what is happening around Steamboat Springs. Games People Play, a series of one-act plays, is tonight and Saturday at Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater. Show time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. Also on Saturday, the Adam Ezra Group will perform at Mahogany Ridge at 10 p.m. For all your area events check out Happenings at

We’ve got an online chat today with Dan Bonner of Main Street Steamboat. That starts at 2 p.m. at

It was 28 degrees and sunny at 7 a.m., but the weather is expected to shift today. We’ll start seeing some snow this afternoon and it will get heavier as the night wears on. We’re expecting six inches or more. The snow should taper off tomorrow morning as we look at a high of about 27 degrees.

In Sports, The Hayden Tigers will travel to Collbran today for the second round of the district basketball tournament. The girls face number 1 seed Plateau Valley at 6:30 p.m. and the boys face Number 2 seed Grand Valley. If they win, the teams will advance to the district championship on Saturday. Luke Graham will be in Collbran and will have a full report on both games.

The Steamboat Springs Sailors will host a second-round basketball game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Montrose. The Sailors are 19-3 while Montrose is 11-11. Luke also will have a complete report on that game.

Here are some things to look for in your Sunday Pilot & Today. Dave Shively has a feature on a 12-year-old girl hockey goalie who isn’t afraid to play with the boys and Tom Ross has a story about plans to build more than 100 garages for Steamboat Yampa Valley Regional Airport travelers. And Mike Lawrence will tell you about the extreme efforts hospital and law enforcement officials went to to save a Steamboat infant’s life.

Those are your headlines for now. Check in with throughout the day for more news updates and have a great weekend.

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