Video: News update for March 14 |

Video: News update for March 14

Steamboat Springs Council members voted Tuesday night to build a new community center for $3.6 million, about $700,000 more than budgeted. Still that’s a savings of $500,000 from the lowest bid offered last week. Fox Construction of Steamboat Springs said the number is firm. The 8,400-square-foot building is slated for a 2.3-acre site adjacent to the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown. Council members Towny Anderson, Ken Brenner and Loui Antonucci voted against the construction.

Public forums giving people the opportunity to meet with the Routt County Election Review Committee have been poorly attended. Still, the committee is moving forward with recommendations. Those recommendations boil down to more voting machines, more polling centers and extended early voting hours. The goal is to ensure that no one waits more than 30 minutes to cast a ballot. Elections forums will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Hayden Town Hall and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall.

Routt County Search and Rescue has received a $10,000 gift from a woman who lives here part-time. Marion “Scotty” Searle has never had to call on Routt County Search and Rescue, but felt compelled to make a donation to the volunteer organization nonetheless. She lives in Lake Forest, Illinois but has been coming to Steamboat Springs for 35 years and has owned a home here for the past 18 years. She said she enjoys skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing, and she has made donations to other Routt County agencies such as United Way, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the Yampa Valley Land Trust.

Three Steamboat Springs students Pula Ninger, Jeff Lambart, Ashley Lopez and Parker Stegmaier have qualified for the state forensics tournament Friday and Saturday in Fort Collins. Stegmaier and Ninger qualified in humorous speaking. Lopez is making her third trip to state in international extemporaneous speaking while Lambart qualified in national extemporaneous speaking.

Auditions for the annual community performance of Cabaret are at 7 p.m. today and Thursday at Steamboat Mountain Theater. For more area events, check out Happenings at

Here’s your first look at weather. The temperature at 7 a.m. was 28 degrees under clear skies. We’re on our way to a high of 52 today, with a chance for rain or snow this afternoon. The wet weather should continue into Thursday, when we will see highs in the upper 40s. The warm weather will continue into the weekend. The forecast calls for sunny skies and highs near 60 Saturday and Sunday.

In Sports, the track around the artificial turf at Gardner Field should be cleared in the next two days. Track coaches had been frustrated that the school district got the field cleared of snow for the lacrosse and soccer teams but did not clear the track. But after some discussion on Tuesday, officials agreed to get the track cleared this week. The track team has 45 athletes out and competes in its first meet Saturday in Delta.

Steamboat Springs Squirt B youth Hockey Team is headed to the state tournament after winning last weekend’s Continental Divide Youth Hockey League championship. The Squirt Bs are 10 and 11 years old and are coached by Bob Milne.

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