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REPORT PREDICTS A SLIGHT DROP IN TOURISM THIS WEEKEND
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe lodging report issued by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association indicates this weekend will see slightly fewer tourists than the corresponding weekend a year ago.
The lodging report, an unscientific sampling of local lodging properties, predicts 3,778 visitors will spend the night here Dec. 1. That compares to 3,954 a year ago.
This year's forecast shows local lodging properties will be 26 percent full. Mountain hotels are expected to see occupancy levels of 46 percent, mountain condos could be just 14 percent full and downtown motels will see 17 percent of their rooms occupied.
Early forecasts show Saturday, Dec. 8, will see similar occupancy rates. However, that forecast is due to be updated on Wednesday.

HANDS ON! MUSEUM CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY WITH FUND-RAISER
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSHands-On! Children's Museum celebrates its first birthday with a party and a silent auction to help raise money for rent from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum on Eighth Street. The silent auction is from 5 to 7:15 p.m. and a children's movie starts at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for children and adults.

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION HAS FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE NOW
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Visiting Nurse Association is administering influenza vaccinations now through December, January and February if needed. Flu shots are $15. To receive a flu shot, people must make an appointment through the VNA by
calling 879-1632.

APPEAL OF JOHNSON'S CONVICTION LIKELY TO FOLLOW AFTER SENTENCE
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSOnce Thomas Lee Johnson is sentenced to life in prison without parole next year, an appeal of his conviction is likely to follow.
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16 in Larimer County for first-degree murder and criminal trespass and mischief.
Johnson was convicted of the charges for killing Lori Bases the evening of May 11, 2000, and vandalizing the woman's vehicle about a month before the murder. The murder charge carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole. After Justice Joseph P. Quinn sentences Johnson in Fort Collins, defense attorneys will have 45 days to file a motion to appeal the convictions.
"There is no doubt this case will be appealed," said William Schurman, one of Johnson's court-appointed attorneys.

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