Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Sept. 14

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Weather: Friday should be sunny with a high just higher than 81 degrees during the day with a clear, cool night forecast to bottom out at about 38 degrees.

Local news

• When the new Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage store opens its doors in Steamboat Springs at 8:56 a.m. Friday, it will mark the return of a full-service grocery store to the building at 335 Lincoln Ave. Natural Grocers' new store brings Steamboat building full circle

• When the 35-gallon tub of school supplies rolled into a Soda Creek Elementary School classroom Thursday morning, a crowd of curious third-graders rose instantly and gathered around it. Routt County school supply drive gains traction in 2nd year

• The Flat Tops Trail may be the pre-eminent way to soak up Routt County’s fall colors. It’s a long and beautiful drive, starting near the town of Yampa and winding on mostly dirt roads intermittently through tightly packed aspen forests and wide-open yellow and orange valleys. Buffalo Pass one of Steamboat's autumn gold mines

• Amid a chandelier of stars and a backdrop that didn’t seem so far from home, a contingent from Mexico's remote Copper Canyon is making Summit Lake outside Steamboat Springs seem like paradise. Legendary Tarahumara descend on Steamboat for Run Rabbit Run

• When the fastest Alpine ski racers in the world come to Colorado early this winter, American fans will have an unprecedented chance to watch two World Cup competitions live on TV. Aspen, Beaver Creek World Cups get live TV

• Officials say this summer’s mandatory restrictions have proven to be successful. Water restrictions prove effective in Steamboat

• Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart is expected to lift all fire restrictions Friday. Fire restrictions to be lifted Friday in Steamboat Springs

• The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s advertising staff received a national award for innovation Thursday at the Local Media Association’s Fall Conference in Atlanta. Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising team receives national honor

Rob Douglas: Hickenlooper, kids and marijuana

Community Agriculture Alliance: Developing a vision of sustainability

A Dog's Eye View: Who let the dogs out?

The Record for Sept. 12, 2012

Steamboat briefs: Greg Podgorny fundraiser is Sunday night at Harwigs

Explore Steamboat

• Steamboat is more than an outdoor playground for Bella Hudson, 13. Every chance she gets, she appears at the local open mic nights on Mondays, where she shares her original songs, her guitar musicianship and a blues-tinged voice well beyond her years. Teen singer, part-time Steamboat resident to perform Friday

• All Jim Stimson has to do is take out his fanny pack full of dog treats and Bingo knows. The 9-year-old golden retriever is a cancer survivor herself and revels in the opportunity to serve as companion and furry distraction for local hospital patients through the Heeling Friends animal therapy program. Mutt Strut fundraiser returns to Steamboat on Saturday

• After watching William Close string the Earth Harp as part of MASS Ensemble during the summer at Strings Music Pavilion, it wasn't much of a surprise for ExploreSteamboat.com editor Nicole Inglis to see him on NBC's America's Got Talent. Nicole Inglis: America was Close to getting it right

Routt County events calendar for Sept. 14 to 20

Local sports

• Sluggish, frustrated, unfocused: Whatever the best word, on Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team couldn’t shake what’s suddenly ailing it, losing its second consecutive game. Steamboat soccer falls to Summit, 1-0

• Brandon Martin had 23 putts en route to a career-best and low medalist honors at Haymaker Golf Course. Steamboat golf narrowly misses out on 1st place at home tourney

• Hayden High School volleyball fell to 0-4 on the season, losing to the Rattlers, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-14. Hayden volleyball falls in home opener

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