Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Aug. 20

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• How much will Rabbit Ears Pass change Wednesday's third stage of the USA Pro Challenge? Will there be a sprint finish in Steamboat Springs? What awaits Thursday in the hills south of the town? Pro cyclists in Steamboat weigh in. Pros: Expect a dramatic sprint Wednesday, a tough test Thursday

• The USA Pro Challenge cycling race hits Steamboat Springs midweek this year rather than the weekend stop it made in 2011, but lodging numbers for this time around are looking better than last. USA Pro Challenge, other events bolster lodging properties

• Peter Sagan, the 23-year-old rising superstar of international cycling, won his first race in Colorado on Monday, sprinting to victory in the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race — Stage 1 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. Sagan wins 1st stage of USA Pro Challenge in Aspen

• Public Safety Director Joel Rae said the city-owned site, which is near the intersection of Longview Circle and Hilltop Parkway, is at the top of the city's list of potential building sites because it is centrally located and carries no land cost. City eyes Rita Valentine Park as potential site of new police station in Steamboat Springs

• Mark Booth thought the base of the Steamboat Ski Area would be the perfect place to live full time during his retirement. But a plan to illuminate 1,000 vertical feet of the lower mountain for night skiing has Booth less enthusiastic about his move to Steamboat. Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh night skiing plan as some residents voice concern

• Film fest director Sarah Wood compared the process of assembling the short outdoor action films into a festival to that of a band assembling a concert set list to take its audience on a journey. Bike-in film fest tests new genre of action flix on Routt County Courthouse lawn

• Freedom Conference sold out: Public invited to hear speakers discuss capitalism and Ayn Rand who held that capitalism in its purest form requires the separation of state and economics. Freedom Conference brings conservative thinkers to Steamboat

• Even if everyone can agree that tax reform is needed, any actual policy seems to be separated by a thin, if deep, chasm. Economists to debate tax reform Tuesday at Seminars at Steamboat

Steamboat briefs: Fall preschool program is offered Sept. 17 to Dec. 19

The Record for Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

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