Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Sept. 5

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• This weekend, the young bookworms of Steamboat and beyond will have a chance to get the stories behind their favorite stories during a two-day festival with well-known children’s authors and illustrators. Steamboat's 1st children's author festival set for this weekend

• Labor Day road-trippers who headed south from Steamboat Springs to the Collegiate Peaks, the Sawatch Range and over Cottonwood Pass to the Gunnison National Forest could not overlook the signs of early autumn color during Labor Day weekend. Aspens already turning gold south of Steamboat on Fremont Pass

• At a budget workshop Tuesday night, Steamboat Springs City Council members debated reducing free bus service or dipping into reserves to balance the 2013 budget. Steamboat City Council debates using reserve funds to balance 2013 budget

• Jon Roberts has four months to prove himself to the Steamboat Springs City Council members who questioned his leadership at a contentious performance review last month. Steamboat Springs City Council sets goals for city manager

• EDITORIAL: Truth be told, the theater’s closing might be the best thing to happen to the historic downtown building, which has deteriorated throughout the years into a second-rate entertainment venue. Our View: Why closing the Chief is a good thing

• "As the Democratic National Convention got under way Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., it could not be depended upon for any more drama and political intrigue than the Republicans generated last week in Tampa. Which didn’t add up to much." Tom Ross: Choosing presidential nominee was vastly different in 1960

• "The sound of footsteps still haunts me. It’s been more than 25 years since I was a victim of attempted rape." Joanne Palmer: An attempted rape that still haunts

• The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to approve the expenditure of $632,906 from Yampa Valley Regional Airport's capital fund for a new snowblower to keep the runways clear during winter. Yampa Valley Regional Airport to spend $633,000 on new snowblower for runways

• Routt County Search and Rescue is calling on anyone with a flexible job and an accommodating family to consider joining its group of about 25 active members. Routt County Search and Rescue looking for new members

• After three straight months of decline, July building-use tax collections saw a 262 percent increase compared with July 2011, according to a preliminary July tax revenue report released Tuesday by the city of Steamboat Springs. Building-use tax boosts Steamboat's July tax collections

• A former Steamboat Springs resident who founded Tuck Communication Services in Steamboat and grew the company to serve much of western Colorado died Saturday night in Grand Junction. Tuck Communication Services founder dies in skateboarding accident

• "As the population of the planet continues to grow, now exceeding 7 billion people, humans are placing an increased value on water." Lyn Halliday: Use a high-efficiency dishwasher to save on water

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