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There's a lot going on this Labor Day weekend in the Yampa Valley -- bull riding, the Wild West Air Fest, music concerts, running races, the downtown sidewalk sale and several football games. Despite all there is to do, the Chamber's lodging barometer predicts tourism will be down about 1,000 people compared to Labor Day weekend 2005.

There was a car accident Thursday afternoon that injured two people. We'll have more on that story this morning on steamboatpilot.com

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is working hard to upgrade its snowmaking as part of $7 million in capital improvements this year. Crews are working on replacing snowmaking pipe and expanding snowmaking in the area of High Noon and Rendezvous Saddle on the ski mountain. Learn more about this project on steamboatpilot.com

One lucky shopper will win a $1,000 shopping spree at downtown businesses during this weekend's sidewalk sale. More than 40 businesses are participating in the sidewalk sale, which is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The shopping spree winner will be announced Monday.

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority celebrated the opening of Fox Creek Village on Thursday. The $6 million affordable housing project includes 30 deed-restricted units. Most of the units have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and cost the families less than $200,000 -- well below market value.

Congratulations to Barbara Meglen of Steamboat Springs, the first of 30 lift ticket winners in our September promotion with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Remember, we're going to give away a free lift ticket every day in September and a ski pass at the end of the month. You can only enter on steamboatpilot.com. Click on the powder hound ad on the left side of the Web site. We will announce the Saturday, Sunday and Monday winners during Monday's video news update.

In Sports, the Steamboat Sailors are on their way to Wyoming tonight for a game against Laramie High. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Also, Hayden opens its season tonight at Coal Ridge.

In soccer, Summit County downed Steamboat Springs 4-0 Thursday in Frisco.

Don't forget about the online chat at 2 p.m. today with School Board member Jeff Troeger. Just follow the link on steamboatpilot.com to submit questions or participate.

Finally, a couple things to look for in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today. Mike Lawrence looks at what's next for recreation center advocates now that the City Council has rejected a ballot initiative. And in sports, Luke Graham will have an updated look at the Western Slope football standings.

Those are the headlines. Stay tuned to steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.

Brought to you by:

Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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