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Nicole Miler provides the Steamboat TV18 news update for Friday, March 23, 2007.

Nicole Miler provides the Steamboat TV18 news update for Friday, March 23, 2007.

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Watch this news segment and more each morning on Steamboat Today, which airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18.

— Nicole Miller of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18.

Molly Look update

Topping the news this morning, little Molly Look has lost four fingers and a thumb and will be at The Children's Hospital in Denver today so doctors can try to save one of her pinky fingers, said Bob Printy, her grandfather. 3-year-old Molly is recovering from frostbite she received after spending about 30 minutes outside in subzero temperatures on Jan. 17. A fundraiser for Molly and her family will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Center. The event will feature dinner, games and an auction. Admission is $5. For more on Molly and the fundraiser, read Saturday's Steamboat Today.

Bear sightings on rise

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding residents to take care of their trash as bear sightings in Routt County are happening earlier than normal. Last year, the first bear sightings did not occur until mid-April, but the DOW already has had several calls this year. People are reminded to store garbage in bear-proof containers. Pet food containers, bird feeders and grills also are popular feeding spots in the early spring, the DOW said.

Mountain Lion Sighting

Carol Baily got a surprise last week when she returned from a trip and found a dead mountain lion in her yard. The mountain lion, a 4 or 5-year-old male, died of starvation, the DOW said. District Wildlife Manager Justin Pollock said such sightings are rare in Routt County. Mountain lions generally stay within 100 square miles of their habitat and they generally follow deer and elk herds.

Hot Springs plan criticized

A pair of new waterslides proposed for the Old Town Hot Springs would be too visible from Lincoln Avenue, members of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission said Thursday night. The waterslides are a cornerstone of the $3.5 million dollar renovations planned for the hot pool area at the Old Town Hot Springs facility. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the renovations with a 4-2 vote, but recommended that landscaping be added to address the waterslide issue. The plan will come before the City Council in April

Chat with Pat Carney

Speaking of the Hot Springs, Executive Director Pat Carney will be available for questions during an online chat at 2 p.m. today. You can submit questions in advance at steamboatpilot.com

Businesses eye seminar

Jennifer Wilson, owner of Moose Mountain Trading Company downtown, thinks a three-day seminar taught by Jon Schallert has made a big impact on her business. Wilson spoke Thursday at meeting of Main Street Steamboat, which is trying to organize a group of 35 business owners to attend Schallert's seminar this fall. Schallert, gave a mini-presentation last spring in Steamboat. Wilson said the three-day boot camp is filled with ideas for marketing, advertising and growing small businesses.

What's Happening

The annual Penguin Plunge, a benefit for the Yampa Valley Heath Care Foundation, is at noon Saturday at Lake Catamount. It's part of a full weekend of events including the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's spring concert at Steamboat Christian Center and the Bones Solo Drum Ensemble at Steamboat Mountain Theater. For a full listing of events, check out Happenings at steamboatpilot.com

All-State basketball

In Sports, Steamboat Springs junior Aaron Calkins and Michael Vandahl added more honors to their resumes Thursday when they were named to the Rocky Mountain News Class 4-A All-State basketball team. Calkins was a second-team selection, and Vandahl was named honorable mention. Calkins finished the year averaging 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game. Vandahl added 15 points and 5.9 assists a game and set a school record by making 90.6 percent of his free throws.

Broncos Alumni basketball

The Denver Broncos are coming to Steamboat to play basketball. A team of former Bronco players including Mark Jackson, Billy Thompson, Dave Studdard, Larry Brunson and Ron Egloff - will square off against a team of community members on March 31 at Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The game starts at 6 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club. Along with concessions, prizes and drawings, there will be an autograph session. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students ages 3 to 18.

Those are your headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.

Watch Steamboat Today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays on Steamboat TV 18.

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