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Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for Friday, Jan. 26.

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Topping the news this morning, as Susan Bunn raked a dime across a scratch-off lottery ticket she bought Wednesday, the ticket appeared to show she had won $500,000.

But Bunn wanted to be sure so she drove back to Bear River Valley Co-op in Hayden where she works. She made Casey Rolando finish scratching the ticket.

Then it happened. She really won $500,000 in the Colorado Lottery's $35 Million Cash Spectacular. Bunn purchased the scratch ticket at the Hayden Kum & Go after work at the Co-op.

There are very few $500,000 instant prizes.

And word travels fast in small towns, so it was no surprise that many people in Hayden had heard of Bunn's big win by Thursday afternoon, as Susan and Mike Bunn were driving over Rabbit Ears Pass on a mad dash to the bank with their check.

The Bunns said they will probably pay off their truck and install new carpet in their Hayden home, but they have no firm plans for the future.

Both will keep their jobs - Mike Bunn works for the Routt County Road and Bridge Department.

City planners Thursday strongly supported plans for the expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library, but acknowledged future parking concerns at the heavily used Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street site.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission unanimously supported final plans detailing the layout, design, architecture and landscaping for the 20,000 square-foot, $11.4 million library expansion, which pending approval from the Steamboat Springs City Council would more than triple the size of the current library.

Plans include vastly improved children's and teen libraries, an outdoor reading deck overlooking the Yampa River, a coffee shop, a large community room, meeting rooms and study space, increased administrative offices, lounge areas, and significantly increased floor space that will allow for larger displays and selections.

Steamboat Springs police Officer Matt Harmon has been promoted to detective, replacing 30-year veteran Det. Ross Kelly.

Public Safety Director J.D. Hays made the announcement Wednesday.

Harmon has worked as a patrol officer for the Steamboat Springs Police Department since October 1999. He also served one year as a Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, or GRAMNET, officer.

Harmon was selected for the position after going through an interview process that included a physical agility test, a written exam and review by two boards. The boards consisted of community members and officers from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Kelly has worked for the Steamboat Springs Police Department for 32 years - 30 of them as a detective.

In sports, Steamboat Springs' top Nordic athletes will get their shots at qualifying for Junior Olympics during competitions at Howelsen Hill over the next two weekends.

Those competitions begin today and Saturday with the Rocky Mountain Division/Larry Johnson Memorial and Junior Olympic Qualifier for ski jumpers and Nordic combined athletes.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic program director Todd Wilson said the event is the second of three qualifiers for the 2007 Junior Olympic National Championships in Park City, Utah. The championships take place Feb. 27 through March 4. Skiers must make the top 20 percent of their starting field in two of the three events to qualify.

Here is your first look at weather. It was 12 degrees at 8 a.m. under clear skies. We're on our way to a high of 30 degrees.

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