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41-year-old woman found dead in hot tub

Steamboat Springs police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old woman who was found dead Thursday in a hot tub.

Joanne Gerow of Steamboat Springs was found by her boyfriend at about 2 a.m. Thursday in a hot tub at a private residence in the 4000 block of Whistler Road, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Rae said police are investigating the death. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday afternoon with the Jefferson County Coroner. Authorities suspect Gerow died after midnight Thursday.

Police suspect neither foul play nor suicide, Rae said.

"We have a suspected cause of death, but we cannot confirm that until after the postmortem exam is completed and we look more deeply in the investigation," Rae said.

Mountain Chili Festival looking for participants

The second annual Mountain Chili Festival, hosted by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is looking for participants to cook their favorite chili recipes. This summer's festival will take place July 30 at the base of the ski area. The entry fee is $25, and prizes include airline tickets, a spa package at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and a destination vacation. Chili categories are either red or green, with prizes for each. Call 871-5336.

Emerald City Opera holding auditions

Emerald City Opera is holding auditions for this summer's opera production, "The Merry Widow" (sung in English) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs and at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Moffat County High School Choir Room. Fifteen adult men and 15 adult women are needed. Interested singers should call 879-1996.

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