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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning, base area investors and property owners are recommending that all redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area be put “on hold.” The group sent a letter to the Steamboat Springs City Council, challenging decisions that the group sees as arbitrary. In particular, the group believes the council needs to decide how it plans to apply its inclusionary zoning ordinance for affordable housing within the boundaries of the urban renewal authority at the base of the ski area. The bottom line? Several major developments near the ski area are on hold until the developers and the city can iron things out.

The committee campaigning for the passage of two Steamboat Springs School District ballot issues has raised nearly $9,000, according to a campaign finance report filed Oct. 18. The biggest contributors are the Parent-Teacher Information Committees at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary Schools and the architectural firm hired to do the designs on the elementary school campuses contributed $1,000 to the campaign. For a full list of contributors, see our election 2006 Web site at steamboatpilot.com/election2006

On Today’s Viewpoints page, the candidates for Routt County Sheriff – Democrat Gary Wall and Republican Garrett Wiggins – make their cases in their own words. You can read these election essays on Pages 5 and 6 of Steamboat Today or online at steamboatpilot.com

Main Street will be closed from 5 to 7 p.m. today for the annual Halloween Stroll between Third and 12th streets. The event is expected to attract hundreds of ghosts and goblins as well as Spiderman, SpongeBob Squarepants and Napoleon Dynamite. Downtown merchants will pass out candy during the stroll. Plan to arrive early as parking disappears quickly. For a full list of Halloween events, check out today’s calendar at steamboatpilot.com

In Sports, the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is hoping its new Web site will help stir awareness of its events. The site already has attracted more than 37,000 hits as the group gets ready for the 2006-2007 season. The six event Nordic Challenge Race Series begins December 20 at Howelsen Hill. Also, the group is selling the Valley Pass for $295 through Nov. 30. The pass provides access to all of the Yampa Valley’s cross-country skiing venues including the Ski Touring Center.

Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 8 a.m. was 26 degrees under mostly sunny skies. High today should be around 47 degrees with lows tonight in the teens. It should be clear and cold during the Halloween stroll. Expect highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s through the rest of the week.

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That’s your news for now. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.

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