Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Jan. 11

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• Thursday was the first day of an evidentiary hearing related to the snow-immersion death of Cooper Larsh at Howelsen Hill on March 17, 2011. The hearing continues Friday morning. Evidentiary hearing under way in lawsuit over 2011 skier death at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs

• The number of guests who stayed in Steamboat lodging properties during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period represented a four-year high, but activity is expected to dip this weekend before stabilizing in advance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend. After busy holiday season, Steamboat Springs to see weekend lull in overnight visitors

• The Old Town Hot Springs Trident swim team garnered several top finishes at a meet in Aurora. Steamboat Springs swimmers impressive in Aurora 

• Steamboat Springs snowboarder Arielle Gold had the second best qualifying run at the Copper Mountain Grand Prix, putting herself in Saturday's finals. Steamboat Springs' Arielle Gold qualifies for Grand Prix finals

• Steamboat Springs graduate Tanner Stillwell has joined the Western State Colorado University men's basketball team as an assistant coach. With Meek again by his side, Steamboat Springs grad Tanner Stillwell a hit in college coaching position

• The Steamboat Park Challenge, a competitive series for freestyle snowboarders and skiers, returns with its first competition of the season Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Area. Steamboat Park Challenge returns Sunday

• Hayden teacher Laura Voorhees got a nice surprise Thursday when she was recognized as a leader in education by Peabody Energy. Peabody Energy recognizes Hayden kindergarten teacher Laura Voorhees

• Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters extinguished a fire at a Moffat County oil rig Thursday afternoon. There are no reports of injuries. Oil rig catches fire in Moffat County

• Meteorologist Mike Weissbluth is bullish on the storm and predicts that by Saturday morning, Steamboat Ski Area could be blanketed with 8 to 16 inches of fresh snow. Cold snowstorm bearing down on Steamboat on Thursday night

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Explore Steamboat

• As the cast of 10 students took deep breaths to prepare for their first performance, one of two seniors in the annual play, Ashley Otto, pumped her first and said, “Our motto for this play is, ‘keep going.’” Hayden school play cast overcomes adversity through comedy

• It was Jan. 12, 1963, when the Storm Mountain Express double chairlift opened for business. The ski area made $13.75 that day, and the temperature was 25 degrees below zero. Lights, fireworks, music highlight Steamboat's 50th birthday this weekend

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