Steamboat briefs: South Routt School Board to discuss finances today

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The South Routt School Board is scheduled to discuss whether to declare fiscal exigency at tonight’s meeting at the district administrative offices in Oak Creek. If approved, it will be the first legal step for the district to lay off employees before the 2010-11 school year, if it chooses to do so to help address a projected budget shortfall in excess of $472,000.

The board also is expected to discuss whether to ask voters to approve a mill levy override to help make up the shortfall.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with the board members entering executive session to discuss Superintendent Scott Mader’s yearly review and existing and new contracts. The discussions about fiscal exigency and a mill levy override referendum are scheduled to follow at 5 p.m. during the regular session of the meeting. A work session to continue discussing the 2010-11 budget is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Daffodils on sale Tuesday to benefit hospice program

Daffodils will be on sale for $5 a bunch Tuesday at City Market, Safeway and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Steamboat and Craig. They also will be available at Alpine Floral, the Clark Store, and the Hayden Mercantile. Proceeds help provide hospice care for terminally ill patients in the Yampa Valley.

Pentathlon registration fee increases after today

Registration is open for the 19th annual Steamboat Pentathlon, which is March 20. Race fees are $60 per adult and $45 per youth through today and increase after that to $75 for adults and $60 for youths. The registration deadline is March 15. Register at www.steamboatpentathlon.com or call 879-4300 for information.

Registration for Penguin Plunge is due March 15

The seventh annual Penguin Plunge is at noon March 27 at the Lake Catamount pool. Registration is due March 15. Each penguin must raise $125 to participate. The event is free to watch. To register, call the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley at 871-2515, e-mail penguinplunge@yvmc.org or stop by the Healthcare Foundation office, 385 Anglers Drive, Suite B. Donations can be mailed to Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley, P.O. Box 883415, Steamboat Springs 80488. It’s also possible to register and donate online at www.firstgiving.com/34030.

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