Steamboat briefs for July 17 |

Steamboat briefs for July 17

Eighth Routt forest fire extinguished

A small wildfire near Dumont Lake is under control, a U.S. Forest Service official said Monday.

U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer Mark Cahur said the fire was sparked by lightning and discovered by a pilot flying over the area early Sunday morning. The fire was near the Walton Peak trailhead on Rabbit Ears Pass.

A Steamboat-based U.S. Forest Service initial attack fire crew responded to the scene Sunday. The fire only was one-tenth of an acre in size and consumed two trees, Cahur said.

“That’s the beauty of initial attack resources,” Cahur said. “You can keep it small.”

The fire was the eighth wildfire in the Routt National Forest this summer; all have been caused by lightning strikes. The fires have ranged in size from less than one-tenth of an acre to 20 acres.

Steamboat Springs teen arrested on drug charges

A Steamboat Springs teen was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of drug possession.

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Police say field tests confirmed that Alexander Jordan, 18, possessed Ecstasy, a Schedule I drug, and cocaine, a Schedule II drug. Jordan is being held in the Routt County Jail. His bail is $20,000.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Cherry Drive late Saturday night when a woman reported a suspicious person in a home that had been vacated earlier in the week.

Police arrived and confronted Jordan, who had been moving through the house with a flashlight or other portable light, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said. Jordan ignored police and started walking away, Rae said. The officers forcibly detained and handcuffed him and found the drugs in his pockets, Rae said.

Rae said the home is a rental property owned by Jordan’s parents. The previous renters had moved out of the home, but Jordan didn’t have permission to be there, according to police. His parents declined to press charges.

Development rights applications due Sept. 5

Applications for the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program are due Sept. 5 to the Routt County Board of Commissioners Office in the Courthouse Annex. Qualified projects must relate to protecting agricultural operations, natural areas and open lands. In general, the projects protect the unique Western heritage of the Yampa Valley for its residents and visitors. For more information or an e-mail application, call Helena Bond at 879-0108, ext. 315.