Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz gives the morning news update for Wednesday, September 13. <!-- 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 Steamboat Springs City Council put the brakes on a plan to create a downtown tax district.
The Council decided not to approve preliminary funding to implement the city's urban renewal authority, or URA, in downtown Steamboat. A URA allows the city to use a fraction of tax revenue, generated by a specified neighborhood, to fund infrastructure improvements in that neighborhood. Main Street Steamboat Springs members advocated creating the tax district to fund downtown improvements, but four of the six council members at Tuesday night's meeting said they need more details about what improvements are needed downtown.
A 56-year-old Steamboat Springs man was left with serious injuries Tuesday morning after a train struck the man's truck near Routt County Road 14 and Mount Werner Road. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said Robert Pensack was driving his silver 2002 Dodge truck across the railroad track on Mount Werner Road just before C.R. 14 when he was struck on his passenger side by a Union Pacific train that was coming from the south into Steamboat Springs. The train dragged Pensack's truck several hundred feet before the truck rolled into a ditch, Kaspar said. Pensack was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in fair condition Tuesday.
Yellow rubber duckies will take the place of kayakers and tubers on the Yampa River on Saturday for the 19th annual Rubber Ducky Race. The Rubber Ducky Race benefits the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary. This year, the auxiliary, which organizes the event, is pledging all proceeds to the hospital's Obstetrics Department and the Family Waiting Area. Children and adults are encouraged to bring hockey sticks, ski poles or whatever else they can use to push their numbered duckies toward the finish line. The winner gets a season pass to the Steamboat Ski Area, and many other prizes will be awarded. The race is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fifth Street Bridge to 13th Street on the Yampa river. Ducks cost $10 each.
Today's winner for the lift ticket give-away is Brynna Vogt of Steamboat Springs. We still have 17 lift tickets to give away so click on the ad. Remember at the end of the month, we're going to give away a season pass and a couple of airline tickets. You can enter once per day. To enter, visit steamboatpilot.com and click on the Powderhounds ad on the left rail.
In sports, the Steamboat Springs boy's soccer team came out with a polished attack Tuesday putting them up 3-0 with two minutes left in the first half of their Tuesday night game against Eagle Valley, no one would have predicted the Sailors would give up three unanswered goals to finish the game in a 3-3 overtime draw.
At 8 a.m. the temperature was 55 degrees. Expect clear sky's today and plenty of rays. The high today is 76 degrees.