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Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for Wednesday, December 20.

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The Steamboat Ski Area is being purchased by a veteran ski resort developer and operator with access to significant financial resources.

Intrawest announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to buy Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and its related assets from American Skiing Co. for $265 million. The deal is expected to close in late March.

Intrawest president and chief operating officer Alex Wasilov said he was as drawn to the Steamboat community as he was to the ski area.

Wasilov said it is too early to say what sort of improvements or changes Intrawest might make at Steamboat. Those announcements will come once the sale has closed.

Visit steamboatpilot.com for extensive coverage of the sale announcement. Reporter Tom Ross examines how the ski area went from being worth $90 million five years ago to $265 million today. We also have local reaction to the sale as well as the history of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The new Steamboat Springs Community Center will be built adjacent to the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown, and could be completed in late fall 2007.

After hearing 19 comments from members of the public in an overflowing Centennial Hall on Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council gave final approval to plans for the new community center with two 6-1 votes. Council member Towny Anderson twice voted 'no,' voting against one plan detailing the center's site layout and another detailing its architecture. While nearly all of the public comments dealt with the 2.3-acre site bordering the Yampa River, praising or criticizing a site that has stirred debate throughout the center's planning process, the pair of council votes affirmed that the 8,400-square-foot, nearly $3 million center will be built at Stock Bridge.

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 90 days in Routt County Jail for breaking into a home and stealing about $2,300 worth of weapons.

Benjamin Jacob Nierenberg also was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution during a hearing in Routt County District Court on Tuesday.

Tuesday's sentencing was the result of three plea offers accepted by Nierenberg. In exchange for his guilty plea to charges of felony attempted theft and two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, the District Attorney's Office dismissed felony charges of criminal mischief and violating bail bond conditions.

During the sentencing Tuesday, Nierenberg said he was sorry for his crimes and that he hopes to make a better future for himself.

If making a huge holiday meal isn't on your to-do list Monday, let the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors do all the work.

The Board of Realtors' annual Community Christmas Dinner is from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The dinner brings together about 400 people every year for a warm Christmas meal, live entertainment and holiday gifts for children.

In sports the Nordic Challenge race series opens at 6 p.m. today with a criterium at Howelsen Hill.

The race, hosted by the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council, will feature youth, recreational and competitive divisions. Dave Miller, council president, said this is the first of six races planned for this winter at different locations in Routt County. The series, now in its fifth year, is aimed at both recreational and competitive skiers in Routt County.

Athletes can register at the race site from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Racing will begin with the youth division at 6 p.m. The recreational division will follow at 6:15 p.m., and the competitive division begins at 6:35 p.m.

Here is your first look at the weather. It was 8 degrees at 8 a.m. and it is snowing. Things are shaping up for good conditions on the slopes this holiday weekend. The snow is expected to continue throughout the day and into the night with accumulations of around six inches.

That's your news for now. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.

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