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ARTS COUNCIL ACCEPTING SLIDE ENTRIES FOR WINTER WORKS

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting slide entries for Winter Works 2002, to be held Jan. 18 to Feb. 24 at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat.

The theme for this exhibit is "Wordplay." Artists are asked to interpret the theme in any form, ranging from the literal to abstract. Winter Works 2002 is a juried exhibition, with cash awards given. Open to all media, except video and installations. Entry deadline is Nov. 30. All work must be for sale. The SSAC will retain a 25-percent commission. The show judge, Susan Shatter, received her BFA at Pratt Institute in New York, her MFA at Boston University and attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture in Maine. She is currently teaching at the National Academy of Design in New York. For show prospectus, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to SSAC, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, 80477.

XCEL PROPOSING NEW BACK-UP POWER LINE FOR STEAMBOAT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSXcel Energy, which owns the Hayden power station, needs to build a back-up power line to service Steamboat Springs and will ask for public opinion on where it should go.

"We know there is a need for it and we need to have input from the community," said Michael E. Diehl, citing and land rights agent for Xcel.

The existing back-up line is a 69-killavolt line, unlike the 230-killavolt line that is the primary power line for Steamboat Springs. If the 230 killavolt line went out, the 69 killavolt line could barely give enough power to the city during the peak time of the year, which is about 58 megawatts, Yampa Valley Electric Association Consumer Accounts Manager Jim Chappell said. If growth continues, the 69-killavolt line would not be enough to power the community if the main line failed in the future, which would leave much of the city in the dark, he said.

COMMISSION CONTINUES MOUNT WERNER CIRCLE DESIGN REVIEW

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Planning Commission took steps to define the future of Mount Werner Circle Thursday by giving direction to city staff to come back with further design drawings.

Improvements, which will eventually be funded by both the city and private entities such as the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., are not slated to begin for at least a year in the city's budget cycle. No final decisions were made, but staff may look at further pedestrian options at the request of Commissioner Dick Curtis, said Chairwoman Kathi Meyer.

The Planning Commission also looked at a proposed industrial park near the airport, asking the developer to make sure he comes back with strong architectural drawings to mitigate visual impacts, Meyer said.

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