Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Dec. 14

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• Public Safety Director Joel Rae kicked off Thursday's open house in the city's downtown fire station by telling a crowd of about 40 community members that Steamboat's police officers and firefighters need a larger, more efficient workspace. At open house, city of Steamboat unveils latest plans for relocation of downtown emergency services

• The Steamboat Springs School District is alerting parents to its first confirmed case of whooping cough in at least 22 years. Steamboat Springs School District alerts parents to case of whooping cough

• The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will consider whether to sign off on a grading and excavating permit for a road that has already been built to accommodate future oil drilling on Wolf Mountain Ranch east of Hayden. Routt County road permit issue getting worked out

• The Community Holiday Wishes Party is Sunday, but there remains a major need in the community: About 125 families, seniors and Horizons clients still are in need of gifts this holiday season. 125 families, seniors and Horizons clients still in need of gifts this holiday season

• Oak Creek Police Department officers on Wednesday arrested the man they think is responsible for setting off homemade acid bombs last month. Oak Creek man suspected of setting off bottle bombs

• The first of a series of storms headed for Colorado is set to arrive Friday, and it looks like it'll benefit southern Colorado more than our region of the state, but things are looking up for Steamboat toward the end of the weekend. Series of storms to bring rain and snow to Steamboat into next week

• On Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board approved its 2013 budget, along with water and trash collection rates. Oak Creek Town Board approves 2013 budget

• Fish Creek Canyon was supposed to be a safe place to pass through Steamboat Ski Area's gates and find untouched powder. Any slope can slide; however, and a February avalanche in the canyon highlights why skiers always should be aware. February slide in Fish Creek Canyon opens backcountry skiers' eyes

• Nordic combined, freestyle mogul and snowboard athletes from Steamboat are preparing for weekend competition. Competition ramps up for Steamboat Springs winter athletes

• The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team begins competition this weekend in Minturn. Steamboat Springs Nordic team prepares for season-opening event

• The winner was decided by an obscure tiebreaker, but Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said his team's demise came down to a lack of aggressiveness. Steamboat falls via tiebreaker in wrestling matchup

The Record for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Yule Log Clue No. 5

Rob Douglas: Time to speak up

Dog's Eye View: Holidays and the dog food bowl

Community Agriculture Alliance: Be thankful for this special place

Steamboat briefs: Parks and Wildlife award nominations due Friday

Oak Creek Holly Festival set for Saturday

Explore Steamboat

• The DJ and production duo will appear in Steamboat Springs for the first time Friday with a special audio/visual set at the Tap House Sports Grill starting at 10 p.m. The cover is $5. Five questions with The Funk Hunters' Nick Middleton

• The gallery is in Howelsen Place between Carl’s Tavern and Urbane, and owner Kimberly Saari said she is on a month-to-month lease through January. Steamboat women collaborate on pop-up art gallery, boutique

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