Video: News update for March 2 |

Video: News update for March 2

Good morning I’m Alkexis Delacruz and these your headlines for Friday, March 2, 2007.

Well it’s official Intrawest owns the Steamboat Ski Area. The Canada-based ski resort owner and operator finalized its $265 million deal with American Skiing at 2 p.m. Thursday. David Barry, Intrawest’s chief operating officer for mountain resorts, said that he will work with Steamboat officials this month on immediate plans for the resort. He said some sort of combination pass that includes skiing at Steamboat, Winter Park and Copper Mountain could be an option. Ultimately, he said, Intrawest plans to make Steamboat more like Steamboat.

ASC netted $239 million from the sale after adjustments for fees and assumed debt. All of those proceeds will be used to retire outstanding debt as will the proceeds from ASC’s recently announced sale of four New England Ski Resorts. ASC had $337 million in debt as of January 28. It plans to raise about $422 million from the ski resort sales and will be down to just three resorts when the sales are complete. Those resorts are The Canyons in Park City, Utah and Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine.

Consultants hired to work on Steamboat Springs’ recreation needs are leaning toward more than one facility. Chuck Musgrave of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture of Denver said Thursday that recommendations about how to improve recreation facilities in Steamboat could involve more than one option – and more than one site – for a new or expanded recreation facility. The sites include Howelsen Hill, the U.S. Post Office, Old Town Hot Springs and Curci-Turner. Barker Rinker Seacat staff and consultants from Greenplay, LLC, of Broomfield, have been working for two months on the recreation plans and will present their findings to the Steamboat Springs City Council next month.

The City Council, acting as the city’s Liquor Licensing Authority, found probable cause Thursday to move forward with punishing Rex’s American Grill and Bar, City Market and Arctic Liquors. All failed a routine police department alcohol compliance check in January. The city likely will offer liquor license suspensions for failing the compliance check. The council delayed decisions involving allegations against Mambo Italiano and Jade Summit.

A Steamboat Springs homeowner nearly lost thousands in a foreign scam that police officials are likening to a series of scams that hit four North Routt County businesses last October. Routt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Klinger said a woman who advertised her home rental on the Internet was contacted by someone who wanted to rent it for four nights. The person allegedly sent $5,000 in fraudulent Canadian money orders. The cost of the rental was less than $900, and the person asked the woman to cash the money orders and send back the excess payment, Klinger said. A Western Union employee warned the woman against sending back the payment. fraud

The North Mississippi Allstars will perform today at 3 p.m. in Gondola Square as part of the Bud Light Free Concert series. For more area events, check out Happenings at

Don’t forget we’ll have an online chat with Soda Creek Principal Judy Harris at 11 a.m. today. You can submit questions in advance at

In Sports, the Steamboat Springs Sailors face D’Evelyn in the playoffs today. Tipoff is at 3:45 p.m. If you can’t make the game, sign up for breaking news alerts at and we’ll keep you updated with scores.

Also, the Steamboat tennis team opens its season Saturday at the Tennis Center.

The snow is wreaking havoc on the new all-weather field at Steamboat Springs High School. The school can’t keep the field clear because there is nowhere to move the snow. Dave Shively will have a story on the issue in Saturday’s Steamboat Today.

Here’s a first look at weather. The snow just keeps coming. The ski area has received 11 inches since yesterday m0orning and another three inches is forecast today. The high today should be 16 degrees and the low tonight should be 0. We should see clearing this weekend with sunny skies and highs in the 20s on Saturday and low 40s on Sunday.

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