Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Jan. 16

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Good morning Steamboat Today readers.

• Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett kicked things off the organization's annual meeting by promising 2014 will be a year things “ramp up” here in downtown Steamboat. Mainstreet Steamboat resolved to get funding for downtown business improvement district passed in November

• While it has garnered a significant amount of publicity, police say the first week of recreational marijuana sales in Steamboat Springs has gone smoothly. Police chief says 'minimal problems' during 1st week of pot sales in Steamboat

• Congress reached a $1.1 trillion budget compromise Tuesday likely to be regarded as welcome news on many levels. But the public lands dollars many Colorado counties rely upon were a casualty. Colorado officials decry deletion of funds to offset cost of public lands from budget compromise

• Double Diamonds Bar is open from après ski until 2 a.m. in the line of shops at the base of The Steamboat Grand across from the Gondola Transit Center. Double Diamonds Bar provides late-night option at base area

• Routt County has begun searching for a new person to lead its communications and 911 dispatch center. Routt County communications director stepping down

• Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, is sponsoring a bill in the Colorado Legislature that would allow statutory cities to pay planning commissioners. Proposed bill would allow statutory cities to pay planning commissioners

• A scarcity of snow in the Sierra’s of California may be boosting Colorado’s skier numbers. Vail Resorts reports Northstar California, Heavenly and Kirkwood are down 23.4 percent collectively. Colorado Ski Country early ski season visitation up 22 percent

• About 11,888 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer. In 2013, 11,300 visitors ended up staying in Steamboat that same weekend. Almost 12,000 people expected to stay in Steamboat this weekend

• One U.S. freestyle skier punched his ticket Wednesday to the Olympics, and a whole bunch more showed they could be worthy while competing in a freestyle World Cup moguls event at Whiteface Mountain resort in New York. Schwartz continues charge to make Olympic team, takes 4th in World Cup

• Steamboat’s Lennon Vaughan led the way for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers last weekend at a USSA freestyle skiing competition in Vail. Steamboat freestyle skier Lennon Vaughan wins twice in Vail

• Local high school winter sports teams are into the meat of their seasons, meaning now's the time to pick up those wins and climb the league standings. High school sports preview for Jan. 16

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