Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for March 6, 2007.
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Steamboat Springs The lowest bid for the Steamboat Springs Community Center came in at nearly $4.1 million. That's more than $1 million over the city's most recent budget for the project. The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the bid, and ways to reduce costs of the project, at its meeting today. Councilman Towny Anderson, who has opposed the community center in the past, said he will argue the council should take the opportunity to rethink the plan entirely.
In other action tonight the council will consider Strings in the Mountains' plans for its new facility and on final plans for the Boathouse Pub on Yampa Street. The council meets at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
The Steamboat Springs School Board wants to expand elementary Spanish. At a study session Monday night, board members expressed an interest in moving Spanish from two, 20-minute sessions a week with teacher Ann Coon to two, 30-minute sessions each week in grades 3 through 5.
Fireworks will make an explosive return to Hayden this year as the town continues its centennial celebration. The town plans to have a fireworks display as part of the Hayden Daze celebration from July 20 to 22. The schedule for Hayden Daze is being finalized, but it tentatively includes the traditional Colorado Days events. Because there is no functioning Chamber of Commerce in Hayden, the town is sponsoring this year's events. Most events will be held at Hayden Town Park.
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.
Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 6 a.m. was 15 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 tonight and we'll be back up into the low 40s Wednesday under partly cloudy skies.
In sports, Steamboat Springs High School employees are working hard to get Gardner Field ready in time for the first lacrosse game of the season on Friday. The artificial turf field is about half cleared of snow. Columbine is supposed to play Steamboat at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the field.
Steamboat's U-12 girls hockey team is going to the state tournament courtesy of a sweep of games at the league tournament last weekend in Steamboat. The girls defeated Crested Butte 4-3 and 2-0 and then bested Gunnison 3-2 and 5-1. The girls will play in the state tournament March 16-18 in Arvada.
Those are your headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.