Alexis DeLaCruz provides the Steamboat TV18 news update for Monday, March 26, 2007.
Watch this news segment and more each morning on Steamboat Today, which airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18.
Steamboat Springs Alexis DeLaCruz 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. The top headlines include an update on Molly Look; a debate over Education Fund Board dollars; and reaction to the sale of the Brown property west of Steamboat Springs.
Molly Look benefit The community turned out to Perry Mansfield Saturday to raise money for -year-old Molly Look and honor the woman who saved her. Look is still recovering from frostbite after spending about 30 minutes outside in subzero temperatures Jan. 17. She was wearing only a long-sleeved shirt, and was found sitting in a snowbank by passing motorist Kathleen Fitzsimmons, who was honored Saturday by the Routt County Sheriff's Office for having the presence of mind to stop and rush Molly to the hospital. Look attended the event with her two sisters and her parents, Del and Yvette Look. Organizers hoped to raise more than $20,000 at the dinner and auction. Read more about the event at steamboatpilot.com
School administrators in South Routt and Hayden have a wish list of items they would address if they received a portion of the Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education. Currently, the Steamboat Springs School District is the sole benefactor of the tax, which has been administered through the Education Fund Board since the tax's inception in 1993. But Soroco Superintendent Kelly Reed and Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes are pleading their case to county officials to share in the sales tax revenues. Both point out that the residents in their districts do most of their shopping in Steamboat, thus contributing to the revenues. The Education Fund Board, which administers the tax revenues, historically has not looked favorably on sharing the money, which totaled $2.3 million dollars last year.
Optimism over land sale
City and real estate officials believe last week's sale of 540 acres just west of the city limits will make a significant difference in Steamboat's housing situation. Said City Councilman and Realtor Loui Antonucci: "It will have a huge impact on our way of life." Added Pam Vanatta of Prudential Steamboat Realty: "It's going to present a tremendous amount of opportunity for people who are dying to get into this market but can't." A group of developers from Las Vegas, Nevada, calling itself Steamboat 700 LLC, purchased Steven and Mary Brown's much-talked about land last week for $24.6 million. Danny Mulcahy, who has moved to Steamboat to head up the project, said the group plans to develop neighborhoods on the property with retail components as well.
The City Council plans to revisit its regulations for Vacation Home rentals after receiving complaints that some homes are being operated as rental properties without a permit. City officials said their rules are unclear and they estimated that roughly half of the vacation rentals in Steamboat Springs likely are operating without a permit. In February, the council placed a 90-day ban on new vacation rental permits, citing a need to address residents' concerns and revise unclear sections of the 2001 ordinance. The vacation home rental policy is the sole item on Tuesday's city council agenda.
Tonight is Texas Hold-Em Poker Night at the Snow Bowl. The event is every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. It's also open mic night at Mahogany Ridge Bar and Grill. For more area events, check out Happenings at steamboatpilot.com
DeMong dominates In Sports, Bill DeMong, who lived and trained in Steamboat Springs for nine years, dominated the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined championships Saturday and Sunday. Demong won three national titles - the K90 ski jump Sunday, the K114 ski jump Saturday and the Nordic Combined Sprint Saturday. The wins capped a strong year for DeMong who took silver at the world championships last month and won the last World Cup event of the Nordic Combined season. Sailors Sports update
The Steamboat Springs boys Lacrosse team got beat 12-4 Saturday by Fort Collins. The Sailors did get a win on Friday, downing rival Summit County 9-7. Also on Saturday, the Sailors baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Palisade, 12-0 and 5-3. The girls lacrosse team also lost to Dakota Ridge on Saturday.
Those are your headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.
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