Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for March 8, 2007.
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The Education Fund Board considered funding two programs Wednesday night -- $20,000 for a youth orchestra and $16,000 for the Yampa Valley Science School. Fund Board members had questions about both programs and did not make a decision on either.
City Council members are expressing reservations about a new community center. Bids for the center came in $1 million or more over budget. Now council members Towny Anderson, Loui Antonucci and Ken Brenner are all concerned that the price is too high. Council members Steve Ivancie, Karen Post and Paul Strong think the city has an obligation to move forward with the project and that delaying construction only will cost the city more in the long run. The council is expected to take the matter up again next week.
A condo hotel described as a "key building" and "social epicenter" for the 47-acre Wildhorse Meadows development comes before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight. Trailhead Lodge is an 86-unit building that is also proposed to include an athletic club and swimming pools while serving as a gateway to Wildhorse Meadows, a 567-unit residential development near Pine Grove Road and The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. This is the second time the Planning Commission has considered the lodge. The last time, the commission asked the developers to re-design parts of the project. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in centennial hall.
An ordinance is being drafted by the city to regulate formula stores, and Main Street Steamboat Springs wants public input on the matter. Main Street is hosting a discussion on the topic at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bank of the West. Formula stores are similar in look and branding, and their employees typically wear similar uniforms. Examples include The Gap, Old Navy and Starbucks.
The Freddy Jones Band will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square at the ski area. The concert is part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert series and is free and open to all ages. For more area events check out happenings at steamboatpilot.com
Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 7 a.m. was 30 degrees under cloudy skies. There is a 60 percent chance of rain or snow today with a high near 41. Tomorrow you can expect highs in the lower 40s under cloudy skies.
In sports, the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association is sending six of its teams to the state tournament, the group's best showing in a decade. The Squirt B, Peewee A and Peewee B teams are headed to the Providence Ice Centre in Windsor this weekend while the Bantam A and Bantam B teams head to the Colorado Sports Center in Monument. The U-12 girls get this weekend off before heading to Arvada March 17-18 for their state tourney.
The Steamboat Springs baseball team opens its season on Saturday with a doubleheader at Denver East. This year's squad features 25 players, including 11 returning lettermen and five starters from last year's team that finished 4-14-1.
Those are your headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.