Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz gives the morning news update for Wednesday, September 6. <!-- 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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Topping the headlines, a house fire burned an abandoned mobile home on the east end of Yampa Street in the Westland Mobile Home Park late Tuesday night. No one lives in the mobile home that burned or the two adjacent mobile homes along the Yampa River, police said. The fire was reported about 11:45 p.m. and was extinguished by midnight. Westland Mobile Home Park is along the Yampa River between Third and Fifth streets. It is being demolished to make room for a new residential and commercial development. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
District Attorney Bonnie Roesink on Tuesday vigorously defended the six-month sentence two Rainbow gathering participants got for taking food from Sweet Pea Produce. Roesink, Assistant D.A. Kerry St. James and police maintain that the men broke into the retail portion of the store and stole fresh produce, thus committing felony burglary. The owner of the store and the men say the men never entered the actual store and merely took over-ripe produce from a trash area. The men have been in jail for more than a week. Roesink blamed the Steamboat Pilot & Today for misrepresenting facts in the case. She also said she would rather be perceived as too tough on crime than too lenient.
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday discussed efforts to stabilize and protect the historic More Barn. Councilman Towny Anderson said he is concerned the Barn will not survive another winter. The Barn came up as part of a discussion about Steamboat Barn Village, a 90-unit housing complex planned for the area around the barn. Anderson asked if stabilization work could begin on the barn prior to approval of the Barn Village project. Developers said landowner Jerry More is unlikely to allow that.
Patty Cashen of Steamboat Springs is today's winner of a lift ticket to the Steamboat Ski Area. We still have 24 tickets to give away so get your entries in by clicking on the "Hey Powder Hounds" advertisement on the left rail of steamboatpilot.com. Remember, we also are giving away a season pass and two airline tickets in this promotion with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Every morning, I'll announce the winners on your video news update.
In sports, Steamboat's J.J. Huie led the largest field ever in Sunday's 10K at 10,000 feet race. There were 149 entrants in the race on Rabbit Ears Pass. Huie's time was 44 minutes and 11 seconds. Greeley's Sarah Walker won the women's division in 56:33.
The temperature at 8 a.m. was 53 degrees. We're on our way to a high of 76, and it should be partly cloudy all day.
Coming up later today, Luke Graham will get you ready for the Sailors' big football game Thursday night against Palisade and I'll have the latest on the Sweet Pea Produce case. A couple things to look for in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today, Mike Lawrence is working on a story about hundreds of gallons of water that are being pumped out from under the new justice center being built west of town and Dave Shively will have all the coverage of the game between Hayden's varsity and Steamboat's JV football teams.