Editor Scott Stanford gives the morning news update for Monday, August 28.
It's the first day of school in the Steamboat Springs school district and police want to remind drivers to be a little more attentive on their way to work. Look out for pedestrians and parents dropping children off, particularly in the vicinity of Soda Creek Elementary School downtown.
The Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonight to discuss whether to put a $29 million bond issue on the ballot to replace the aging elementary school and to make improvements at Strawberry Park Elementary. At the last board meeting, Board members John DeVincentis and Denis Connelly wanted to see two things happen - add a couple of kindergarten classrooms to the design in anticipation of all-day kindergarten and meet with teachers to get their input on the building design. If there is to be a bind issue, the district has until September 7 to certify the ballot language.
Also, tonight will be the final board meeting for Board President Tom Miller-Freutel. Freutel is resigning to spend more time on his telecommunications business. Superintendent Donnna Howell has said that the board likely won't appoint a replacement until November. The board will have to name a new president.
The Steamboat Springs City Council meets Tuesday to review results of a phone survey about a possible community recreation center. The City Council ordered the survey after giving initial approval to placing an $18 million bond issue on the November ballot. In a chat Friday on steamboatpilot.com, Councilman Towny Anderson said, from his understanding of the survey results, he would be surprised to see the recreation center go to a ballot issue this fall. Mike Lawrence will give readers a sneak peek at the survey results today on steamboatpilot.com
Don't forget, starting Friday, we're giving away a free lift ticket every day for a month in a joint promotion with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. And at the end of the month, we're going to give away a season pass plus some airline tickets. The only way to enter is on steamboatpilot.com, so watch the Web site for more details.
In Sports, Joshua Merrick of Lakewood won the overall title Sunday at the Steamboat Springs Triathlon at Lake Catamount. Merrick finished with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 25 seconds. The women's winner was Kim McCormack of Boulder. She finished in a time of 1:48:21, just four seconds ahead of Steamboat's Nicole Lindstrom. The event included a three-quarter-mile swim, 20-mile bike ride and a four-mile run. For the results for local racers, visit steamboatpilot.com