Video: News update for March 5

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Samantha Johnston provides the video news update for March 5, 2007.

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— Luther Propst, the executive director of the Sonoran Institute, told the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley that good growth management and conservation practices would lead to economic prosperity. Propst was the featured speaker at the alliance's annual meeting Saturday night. For more on his speech, check out steamboatpilot.com.

Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education were in the Yampa Valley last week to gather input on local schools. Specifically, the CDE is looking at school district use of federal funds for reading, ELL and special education programs. The officials met with parents and teachers from Steamboat, Yampa and Hayden.

A 24-year-old Craig woman was hurt Saturday morning when her car collided with a truck on Rabbit Ears Pass. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Tonya Cowan said Nubia Martinez-Carl was driving a Ford Focus west on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 150 when she lost control of the car coming around a curve. The vehicle slid into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck an empty fuel tanker. The truck driver, Ry Holstein, 35, of Thornton, was not injured in the accident.

Steamboat Springs High School graduate Steve Swanson is getting ready to go into space. Swanson, who has been with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since 1987, is slated to take part in his first space mission in April aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Swanson is part of a six-person crew that will deliver an energy system to the International Space Station, which orbits 300 miles from the Earth's surface. The two-week trip also is expected to include three or four space walks, he said. Read more about Swanson's upcoming adventure on steamboatpilot.com

The Steamboat Dance Theatre's 35th annual dance concert is Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The performances are at 7:30 p.m. each night and tickets range from $8 to $18. For more area events, check out Happenings at steamboatpilot.com.

In Sports, the Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympic Championships begin Wednesday and run through Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Area. It's the first time since 2003 that Steamboat has hosted the event. The event will feature some 250 skiers, including dozens from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

The Telemark Revival wrapped up Sun day with the sprint classic. Kelsey Schmid-Sommer won the Women's open division, while Matt Macartney won the Men's. The overall winners of the event were Tine Pike-Sprenger in the Women's division and Drew Hauser in the Men's.

Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 6 a.m. was 17 degrees under clear skies. We're looking at a high today of 42 under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures tonight should get down to 15 degrees and we'll be back up into the low 40s Tuesday under partly cloudy skies.

That's a first look at headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.

Call Samantha Johnston at 871-4211 or e-mail sjohnston@steamboatpilot.com

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