News in brief for Jan. 5

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Rabbit Ears Pass closes Wednesday afternoon

Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for about two hours on Wednesday afternoon because of inclement weather and a jack-knifed semi-trailer.

The pass closed between Steamboat Springs and Muddy Pass at about 2 p.m. and reopened at about 4:15 p.m.

Nancy Shanks, a public relations manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said a jack-knifed semi-trailer was involved. Conditions on the pass were snowy, icy and snowpacked, she said.

City Council to to discuss goals all day at retreat

The Steamboat Springs City Council will spend the day today discussing communications issues and goals.

Today is the council's retreat, and agenda items include addressing communication problems, working together, identifying a legacy and completing a priority list. The council also will develop a profile for the new city manager; Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord is serving as the interim manager.

The retreat will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Crawford Meeting Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th Street.

Speech and debate team gearing up for competition

The Steamboat Springs High School speech and debate team is gearing up for the 26th annual Steamboat Springs Invitational, a speech and debate competition Saturday at the high school. About 20 community volunteers still are needed to help judge the tournament. Anyone interested in helping can contact any speech team member or coach Marty Lamansky at 871-3609.

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