Steamboat briefs for Oct. 17

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Hasan files for Senate District 8 race

Eagle County Republican Muhammad Ali Hasan has filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's office for a 2008 run at the state Senate District 8 seat to be vacated by term-limited Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs. State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, previously announced he is running for the same seat.

A primary is not yet a guarantee. Hasan said he doesn't expect to make a final decision on his candidacy until January. He said filing with the Secretary of State's office is merely to keep his options open.

"I have a deep respect for campaign laws," Hasan said. "Since there is no provision for exploratory committees in Colorado, filing shows everyone I am serious about thoroughly evaluating a possible run. I plan to use the next few months to have conversations with residents and local party leadership before making my final decision."

Senate District 8 includes all of Moffat, Routt, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties, as well as parts of Eagle and Garfield counties.

Presubmittal package for Steamboat 700 delayed

City planners may not see a "presubmittal package" from the developers of the Steamboat 700 project west of Steamboat Springs until the middle of next month.

Planning Director Tom Leeson told the Steamboat Springs City Council last week that the package would be delivered Oct. 16, but Monday, Steamboat 700 project manager Danny Mulcahy said due to delays, the package may not be ready until mid-November.

The package will provide the first glimpse at plans for the proposed 700-acre mixed-use development that could add more than 2,000 homes to a site west of the city. The City Council has begun researching possible annexation of the development. City officials say the large annexation would be the most significant action taken by the city since the mountain area was annexed in the 1970s.

City wins award for cultural heritage interpretive plan

The Colorado Historical Society has awarded the city of Steamboat Springs a Josephine Miles Award for its cultural heritage interpretive plan. The Tread of Pioneers Museum nominated the city for the award, which was accompanied by a check for $750.

The Josephine Miles Award is given to projects in Colorado that advance public awareness, involvement and interest in Colorado history.

"It's an award for a good project," said Linda Kakela, director of intergovernmental services. "It will be a valuable asset to historical heritage."

A Preserve America grant funded the city's cultural heritage interpretive plan, which outlines ways to tell stories of the area's history through methods such as sculptures and walking tours.

The plan may be viewed on the city's Web site at www.steamboatsprings.net.

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