Editor Scott Stanford provides the video news update for Thursday, November 2.
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Topping the news this morning, traffic flow on Colorado Highway 131 is about to return to normal. Fort Collins-based contractor Connell Resources will start shutting down for the winter in the next two weeks. Connell Resources is repairing and expanding three miles of Colorado 131. The stretch begins near the Routt County Road 18 turnoff for Lake Catamount and extends south toward Oak Creek. During construction, traffic has been reduced to one lane on an unpaved road in several spots.
Students' backpacks are no longer being searched at Steamboat Springs High School, but administrators and local law enforcement are changing the building's security indefinitely. The high school was the target of a bomb threat last week. Principal Mike Knezevich said all of the outside doors would remain locked except the main entrance. Also, unattended backpacks will be searched and students will have to come to the office to retrieve them. Bomb-sniffing dogs went through the school last week and extra police have been deployed to the school. Police are still investigating the origin of the bomb threat.
Six local law enforcement officers are among the 11 candidates to become Hayden's next chief of police. The town of Hayden would not release the names; however, the Steamboat Pilot & Today talked to several officers who confirmed that they have applied. They include Hayden police officers Gordon Booco, Darin Falk and Ed Corriveau, and Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor. Taylor said a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy also has applied. Hayden police Officer Carla Steele could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
You can still vote early today and Friday at the Routt County Courthouse annex. Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Routt County Clerk and Recorder will be available for an online chat at 2 p.m. Friday to discuss the election and the new voting machines. You can participate in the chat or submit a question for Kay by clicking on the chat icon on the steamboatpilot.com homepage
In Sports, go online to read Luke Graham's feature on Hayden Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner, who has his team making its third straight appearance in the state playoffs. Luke Graham profiles the coach in today's Steamboat Today. The Tigers face Sargent at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hayden. The winner likely will face top-ranked Limon in the second round.
Steamboat Springs High School's Nordic Ski Team will be guided by a coach who understands what it takes to win a state title. New head coach Jessica Gray won state cross-country skiing titles in 1999 and 2000. Click on "sports" to read John Russell's profile of Gray.
Don't forget, the 8-1 Steamboat Springs Sailors can wrap up the Western Slope League championship with a win Friday over Battle Mountain. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Gardner Field. Luke Graham will have a preview of the game in Steamboat Today and online at steamboatpilot.com
Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 8 a.m. was 19 degrees under mostly sunny skies. The high today should be around 43 degrees with lows tonight in the 20s. Expect highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s through the weekend.