Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz gives the morning news update for Thursday, September 7. <!-- 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 so-called Sweet Pea two are free this morning. Gile Charle and David Siller walked out of the Routt County jail Wednesday after the District Attorney's Office reduced their jail sentence from six months to time served. No one disputed that Charle and Siller took food from Sweet pea Produce on Yampa Street on June 26. But while Charle and Siller said they took only produce from the trash area, the District Attorney and police said the men got inside the store and stole fresh produce. Ultimately, store owner Jonathan Hieb's insistence that the men never got inside his store became key to the District Attorney's decision.
Preliminary numbers show enrollment has increased in the area school districts. In Steamboat Springs, enrollment is 1,992, up 17 students compared to last year. In South Routt, there are 409 students up 15 students from last year. Final enrollment figures will be determined in October.
Brad Ratcliff of Spokane is today's winner of a lift ticket to the Steamboat Ski Area. We still have 23 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, the Steamboat Springs Sailors golf team finished third in their home tournament Wednesday. Steamboat shot a 233, four shots behind Basalt and Fruita-Monument. Paul Berry shot a 73 to lead the Sailors.
Luke Graham is traveling with the Sailors football team today as they head for Grand Junction to take on Palisade. The Sailors are 2-0 overall and so are the Bulldogs. This early season game likely will decide the frontrunner in the Western Slope League. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Stocker Stadium. Check in with steamboatpilot.com for updates on the game.
A couple things to look for in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today. Matt Stensland will look at Frontier Airlines expansion plans and the possibility of new route at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Mike Lawrence will have an update on the new justice center construction. And Dave Shively will take readers skydiving in outdoors.