Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for Feb. 20, 2007
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Steamboat Springs Chelsea's, a popular Chinese restaurant, closed its Steamboat restaurant Tuesday. Owner Andy Benjamin had no comment on the closure of the restaurant at 345 Lincoln Avenue. The restaurant opened last summer, but had been a fixture in Oak Creek for 26 years. Benjamin and his wife, Jaila, closed the Oak Creek Chelsea's in November.
The City Council gave quick and unanimous approval Tuesday to One Steamboat Place, an 80-condominium, resort-style development to be built adjacent to the Steamboat Ski Area's gondola building. Final approval hinged in the developers' housing plan, which now includes 18 deed-restricted affordable housing units to be built at nearby Wildhorse Meadows. There now will be 98 affordable units built at Wildhorse Meadows next to the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
American Skiing Company continues to unload ski resorts. On Tuesday, ASC announced the sale of Vermont ski resorts Killington and Pico Mountain to SP Land Company for $83.5 million. The announcement came less than a week after ASC announced a deal to sell the Mount Snow and Attitash ski resorts to Peak Resorts for $73.5 million. ASC reached an agreement with Intrawest in December 2006 to sell the Steamboat Ski Area for $265 million. That deal is scheduled to close sometime next month.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's decision to cut county funding for a regional drug task force was both applauded and criticized Tuesday during a public meeting hosted by county commissioners. Among those criticizing Wall was assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James, who said Wall's claims about GRAMNET officers were unfounded and that his thought process was naÃive. At one point, Wall got into an exchange with Garrett Wiggins, the director of GRAMNET and Wall's opponent in the sheriff's election. Commissioners took no action at the meeting. They said they merely wanted the public to have the opportunity to discuss the decision with Wall.
Steamboatpilot.com is hosting a chat this week with Dan Bonner, president of Main Street Steamboat. Bonner will answer questions about the downtown group's plans for a Business Improvement District and discuss other Main Street Steamboat initiatives. The chat is at 2 p.m. Friday, but you can submit questions in advance by clicking on chats in the center of the steamboatpilot.com home page.
Here is what is happening in Steamboat Springs. "Games People Play," a series of one-act plays, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater. Thursday's show is "pay what you can." The cost for the other performances is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Also on Thursday, folk singer and guitarist Gordon Bok will perform at 7 p.m. at the Steamboat Christian Center. Tickets are $15 and are available at All That Jazz, Colorado Mountain College and at the door. For more area events check out happenings at Steamboatpilot.com
Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 6 a.m. was 15 degrees under clear skies. We should see lots of sun today and a high near 40 degrees. The warming will continue Thursday with plenty of sunshine and a high near 42.
In Sports, the Hayden boys basketball team has advanced in the District 5 tournament. The Hayden boys pulled off an improbable upset Saturday over Plateau Valley. The 6-12 Tigers will face 17-3 Grand Valley at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Hayden girls also advanced t the second round of the tournament. Hayden upset Grand Valley 46-40 Saturday and will travel to No. 1 seed Plateau Valley on Friday. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Hayden is 9-9 overall.
Don't forget, the Steamboat boys will host a second-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. Steamboat will host the winner of tonight's game between Montrose and Summit County.
Those are your headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.