Steamboat briefs for Oct. 31 |

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 31

Early voting ends today

— Today is the last day for early voting in Routt County. Registered voters interested in casting their ballots before next Tuesday’s general election can stop by the Routt County Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Voters who would like a mail-in ballot still can request one in person at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the courthouse, or at the Election Office behind Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on Lincoln Avenue. Today is the last day to request a mail-in ballot in person.

Voters who have received mail-in ballots can avoid the 59-cent postage fee by dropping off their completed ballots at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, the Election Office, the Clark Store and the town clerk offices in Oak Creek, Hayden and Yampa. Completed mail-in ballots must be dropped off by Monday at all locations other than the Election Office, which will accept mail-in ballots through 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Voters who applied for a mail-in ballot but would rather cast their ballot at the polls on Tuesday will be required to vote by provisional ballot. Many election officials discourage voting by provisional ballot.

For more information, call the Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 870-5558.

Worker injured in fall from roof at Steamboat Grand

A roofer was injured Wednesday morning when he fell from a lower-level roof at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

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The man, who was replacing shingles, is a contract employee from Denver-based Wilson Brothers Roofing, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said Thursday.

The worker fell about 15 feet on the east side of the hotel shortly after 11 a.m., above the shops on Mount Werner Circle, according to Steamboat Springs police.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue transported the man to Yampa Valley Medical Center via ambulance, with non-life-threatening injuries. An update on his condition was not available Thursday, and it was not clear whether the worker was using a safety device at the time of the accident.

On Feb. 28, 24-year-old Eric O’Hara died after falling six stories off the roof of the Steamboat Grand in a snow-removal accident.

No injuries in school bus accident Thursday afternoon

A Steamboat Springs School District bus was rear-ended at Fifth and Oak streets Thursday afternoon. The bus was carrying students home at the time of the crash but no one was injured, said Ed Dingledine, transportation director for the school district. Dingledine said the bus was stopped at the intersection when a car drove into the back of the bus.

There was no damage to the bus but moderate damage to the hood of the car. Students were transferred to another bus while police took a report.

Steamboat Springs Transit operating training buses

Steamboat Springs Transit is training new drivers and operating training buses on regular routes. These buses are not picking up passengers. Regular, scheduled buses are operating on time. If the light on the bus says anything other than SST or “Steamboat Springs Ride the Free Bus,” it is a training bus and will not stop for passengers, a transit official said Thursday. The training of new bus drivers should last through next week.

Law changes veterans’ salutes during anthem

Law authorizes veterans’ salutes during national anthem Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform now now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, after changes in federal law that took effect this month, a Grand Junction Veterans Affairs spokesman said Thursday. The new provision improves upon a little-known change in federal law last year, which authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag but did not address salutes during the national anthem. Last year’s provision also applied to members of the armed forces not in uniform. Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Oklahoma, an Army veteran, sponsored the change, which is included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009 that President Bush signed Oct. 14.