Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz gives the morning news update for Tuesday, September 5. <!-- Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of <a href="http://www.mybrokers.com">Colorado Group Realty</a> in Steamboat Springs. -->
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The story of two Rainbow Family gatherers sentenced to six months for stealing fruit continues to grab national attention. Media outlets across the country are picking up the story, and many e-mailers and bloggers are threatening to boycott Steamboat Springs and other Colorado towns and businesses because of what they are calling an abuse of the justice system. More than 450 comments have been made about the stories on Steamboatpilot.com. Check in to the site for reader comments and for more updates.
Three Oak Creek officials puckered up for a pig as a way to help the town raise money. The "Kiss A Pig" contest is one of the town's signature events during its annual five-day Labor Day celebration. On Monday, police Officer Chris Tritz paid a little extra to see his boss, chief Linda Koile, smooch Bella, a 750-pound sow. But his plan didn't work, because at the last minute, Oak Creek resident Richard Wisecup made sure that Tritz, Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman and Koile received the same number of votes - meaning each had a brief date with Bella. For more photos of Oak Creek's celebration, check out Steamboatpilot.com.
Today's winner in the lift ticket giveaway is Jan Kaminski of Steamboat Springs. We've still got several lift tickets, a ski pass and two airline tickets to give away, so keep entering at Steamboatpilot.com.
In sports, this year's Mud Madness holds special significance for organizer Kathy Oberwitte. The event had been a labor of love for Oberwitte and her big brother, Mike Bailey. But Oberwitte considered ending the event after Bailey was killed in an accident in February. Instead, she will hold the event in his memory. Mud Madness is Saturday in Craig. For details, go to Steamboatpilot.com.