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White-out conditions along the Front Range and over the Eastern Plains shut down highways, airports and delivery services Wednesday, stranding many travelers in Steamboat Springs and preventing others from arriving for one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year.

Denver International Airport officials canceled all flights by mid-afternoon, including United Express regional jet service flights to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Delta's flights to and from Salt Lake City also were canceled.

The cancellations made for quite a scene at YVRA, where arriving passengers and stranded travelers scurried back and forth in the crowded terminal.

The state of Colorado will begin cleaning up today.

On Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved the preliminary plat for the Steamboat Barn Village subdivision, which includes more than 90 housing units on a 39-acre site near Yampa Valley Medical Center and east of Pine Grove Road. The proposal also includes a 4-acre public park surrounding the historic More Barn.

Preliminary plat approval is the most significant planning hurdle for single-family subdivisions in Steamboat.

City planners will review tonight the next in an increasingly long line of large-scale, mixed-use downtown development projects.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to conduct a public review and hearing for The Victoria, a proposed development at Lincoln Avenue and 10th Street, currently the site of Rocky Mountain Wine and Liquor Co. Plans for the 32,650-square-foot, three-story Victoria building include seven residential units, 6,605 square feet of retail or restaurant space, 7,700 square feet of office space, underground parking and streetscape improvements. According to a city planning report, one additional residential unit will be provided off-site to comply with the city's inclusionary zoning requirements.

Wind from southeastern Colorado will soon provide power for the Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

City of Steamboat Springs officials have announced the purchase of renewable energy certificates, or RECs. The wind energy is produced by Lamar Light and Power, a Lamar-based utility company with four wind turbines. Steamboat's purchase of RECs equivalent to 352 megawatt hours will offset 100 percent of the electricity used at the downtown ski area, effective Jan. 1.

The purchase represents more than one-fifth of the Green Team's 2007 budget of $20,000.

The competition was far from fierce at the opening Nordic Challenge race Wednesday night at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill.

Many racers weren't even sure how many laps they needed to complete after the criterium format race. Rather, it was fun that was the focus of the snowy, opening race of the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council's six-event series.

Mark Iverson led the group with five-minute lap times. He

went on to finish the race in the top spot, passing other competitors who had the good fortune of finishing their final lap right behind him.

Here is your first look at the weather. It was 15 degrees at 8 a.m. and we are expecting a high of 24 degrees. There is lots of fresh powder so get out there and enjoy it. The ski area is reporting 14 inches of snow fell in the past 24 hours.

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

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