Steamboat briefs for Oct. 5 |

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 5

Coroner releases names of accident victims

— Routt County Deputy Coroner Mitch Locke released the names Friday of two men that died in a head-on crash west of Hayden on Thursday.

Daniel J. Richards, 26, of Hockessin, Del., and Gustavo Gonzalez, 36, of Craig were killed at about 2 p.m. after the men’s vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 40 west of the Yampa River State Park.

A 15-year-old girl, Ashley Gonzalez, and 3-year-old Daniel Gonzalez were riding in Gonzalez’s vehicle. The children suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center to be treated.

All four people involved in the accident were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Chad Dunlap said Thursday.

Richards and Gonzalez died after Gonzalez’s white Chrysler sedan drifted from the westbound lane of traffic into the eastbound lane, striking Richards’ red Ford Focus.

Drugs, alcohol and speed are not suspected to be contributing factors, Dunlap said.

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Locke did not know the men’s preliminary causes of death Friday. The bodies were sent to Jefferson County for autopsies. Results are expected Tuesday, he said.

Yampa Arts & Crafts fair accepting applications

The 27th annual Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair is accepting applications for crafters and artists. This large craft fair will be held Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa. Applications are due Oct. 25 but are recommended sooner to help assure a spot. To receive an application call Nita Naugle at (970) 638-0452.

Oak Creek youth hockey

sign-ups underway

Oak Creek Hockey Association is accepting registration for all age groups.

Go to for registration forms and contacts. Cost is based on age. All age groups are less than $300 if paid in full by Nov. 15. Scholarships and discounts are available for first-time players. OCHA is part of the competitive Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League. Contact Charlene 736-0520 with questions.