Steamboat briefs: School Board to tackle big topics at workshop

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School Board to tackle big topics at workshop

— The Steamboat Springs School Board holds a workshop from noon to 4:30 p.m. today to discuss much-debated topics regarding class size and the accountability and process of the Education Fund Board. Board members will discuss the Montessori program and a master facility plan during the afternoon session.

Jon Roberts to start as city manager Feb. 11

Jon Roberts will take over as Steamboat Springs' city manager on Feb. 11. Roberts' hiring by the Steamboat Springs City Council was finalized this week, and he officially resigned his position as city manager of Victorville, Calif., on Tuesday. While Roberts' contract with Victorville stipulated that he give 30 days notice before leaving, the Victorville City Council already has named an interim city manager and Roberts will depart earlier than the stipulation requires.

Avalanche danger increases in Steamboat Springs area

Avalanche danger in the Steamboat Springs area, ranked as moderate Thursday, is expected to increase today because of additional snowfall, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

An observer reported a recent avalanche on Sand Mountain, caused by an unknown trigger on a northeast aspect near the treeline, according to the CAIC Web site. The slide was reported to be 300 feet wide and 5 feet deep, and there were ski tracks in the area.

On Thursday, avalanche danger was forecast to be considerable on north, northeast, east and southeast aspects near and above the treeline, according to the CAIC. In times of considerable risk, natural avalanches are "possible," and human-triggered avalanches are "probable." The CAIC recommends that backcountry recreationists use extra caution, particularly in steep terrain. For more information, visit www.avalanche.state.co.us.

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