Video: News update for March 16 |

Video: News update for March 16

A facilitator will try to help the Steamboat Springs School Board and Superintendent Donna Howell hash out lingering differences during a meeting Tuesday. The meeting tentatively is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the conference room of the First National Bank of the Rockies. Ken Delay, executive director with the Colorado Association of School Boards, will serve as the facilitator. The school district has not released an agenda for the meeting.

A fire Thursday morning consumed more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil on the surface of a well site east of Hayden and sent heavy black smoke into the air that was visible from as far away as Oak Creek. Flames from the fire reached 100 feet into the air at one point. Investigators were unsure what caused the fire, which destroyed a building and blew a 500-gallon propane tank lid 300 yards from the scene. They suspect the fire may have started in one of the wells and spread to two other oil tanks. The lost oil is valued at $125,000. The fire had been contained by Thursday afternoon.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will keep the ski area open through Sunday, April 15. Ski Corp. announced the decision Thursday. It originally planned to close the ski area Saturday, April 14. Even though the 2006-07 ski season was scheduled to be six days longer than the 2005-06 season, some season pass holders felt slighted because the Ski Area’s last day was a Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday.

Routt County and city of Steamboat Springs officials met with more than 15 representatives of local water interests Wednesday night at the Routt County Courthouse Annex to begin a process that could result in a unified, publicly accessible approach to monitoring water in the Yampa River and its tributaries. More than 10 agencies currently conduct various levels of water monitoring in the region said Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf.

Sister Hazel will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The free concert is part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series. For more area events, check out Happenings at

We’re hosting an online chat at 2 p.m. today with Tim Miles, the technology director for the Steamboat Springs School District. You can submit questions in advance at

Here’s your first look at weather. The temperature at 6 a.m. was 28 degrees under clear skies. We’re looking at a high in the mid-50s today under sunny skies. The spring-like weather will continue through the weekend with highs in the upper 50s under mostly sunny skies.

In sports, The Steamboat Springs Sailors got their first soccer win of the year, shutting out Eagle Valley 2-0 Thursday at Gardner Field. Carly Earp and Emily Birch scored the Sailors’ goals.

Aaron Calkins narrowly edged out teammate Michael VanDahl for Western Slope League player of the Year in basketball. Calkins averaged 20 points a game for the Sailors while Vandahl averaged 15. The Western Slope League coaches voted 4 to 3 to give Calkins the honor. The best news for Sailors Coach Kelly Meek? Both players are juniors and return next year. Colby Kostur, Cameron Petet and Tanner Stillwell earned honorable mention all-league honors.

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