Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for Wednesday, Jan. 10.
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Topping the news this morning, Ken Brenner has resigned as president of the City Council. Brenner, who has served as council president since November 2005, stepped down from the role Tuesday night, citing physical and mental strains from recent surgeries and a job that requires managing lengthy council meetings and facilitating discussion of contentious issues. He will continue as a council member. Council members voted unanimously to appoint President Pro-tem Susan Dellinger as the new president. Steve Ivancie was chosen as president pro-tem.
Three newly elected county officials were sworn in Tuesday including Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush and Appraiser Mike Kerrigan. But no one came into office with as much fanfare as new sheriff Gary Wall. Wall insisted on his own ceremony. Wall also named his undersheriff - David Bustos, who worked with Wall in Vail in the 1970s and most recently worked with a security firm in Utah. Also on Tuesday, it was revealed that three longtime sheriff's employees would no longer be with the department - Dan Taylor, Rochelle Redmond and Dan Kelliher.
Although they typically work behind the scenes, members of Routt County Search and Rescue are getting ready to take center stage. Television networks NBC and CNN will feature members of Search and Rescue as well as local adaptive skier Craig Kennedy and the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in a variety of upcoming shows. Riley Polumbus, spokeswoman for Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and a Search and Rescue member, said the networks wanted to film the group because they already had camera crews in town for the 18th annual Steamboat Weather Summit, a gathering of about 25 meteorologists from some of the largest TV markets in the country. NBC most likely will film a segment with Routt County Search and Rescue on winter wilderness survival for "The Today Show," which airs from 7 to 10 a.m. during the week. Polumbus said CNN most likely will feature Search and Rescue members in an avalanche awareness story.
Sheraton Steamboat Resort officials hope to have a buyer for their property by the end of the month. The first round of bids from prospective buyers have been submitted, Sheraton Steamboat Resort general manager Chuck Porter said Tuesday.
The Sheraton went on the market six weeks after American Skiing Co. announced in July its intention to sell the Steamboat Ski Area. A consulting firm in the hospitality industry was retained to market the holdings of Ski Time Square Enterprises, whose base-area assets include the 315-room Sheraton hotel, several Ski Time Square commercial buildings and the 75-unit Thunderhead Lodge.
In Sports, the Steamboat Springs Sailors ripped rival Moffat County 66-34 Tuesday night. Aaron Calkins scored 22 points to lead the Sailors, while Michael Vandahl added 17. The Sailors are 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the Western Slope League.
The Sailor girls lost their eighth straight game, falling to Moffat County 55-16.
In South Routt, the Soroco Rams beat the Hayden Tigers 49-44 in the boys game, while the Hayden girls topped the Soroco girls.
Here is your first look at weather. It was 10 degrees at 8 a.m. and we should see a high today of 35. The mercury will drop this weekend as another storm heads into Colorado. Significant snowfall is expected. The winter weather will move into the area Thursday afternoon.