Arrest at the high school, Luke Bryan and bears: The top stories on this week

A pair of bear cubs, along with a third that is not in the image, look for a way back to their mom on Monday Sept. 26, 2022, on Maple Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. The three bears dined on a crab apple tree before they decided it was time to dash off.
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1. Anonymous tip leads to arrest at Steamboat Springs High School

On Monday, Sept. 26, Steamboat Springs police received a “Safe 2 Tell” complaint via 911, and an arrest was made on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Steamboat Springs High School parking lot.

According to a police department news release, the caller described a male who posted a picture of himself carrying a weapon that resembled an AR style rifle, along with a message saying, “full on drive by (expletive) right here.”

2. Country music singer Luke Bryan stocks up for hunting in Craig

Craig has always been known as the elk hunting capital of the world, and this week the local hunting scene grazed another celebrity status. 

Country music singer, Luke Bryan, was spotted stocking up at Loadout Liquors by owner Jess Binder on Monday afternoon. 

3. Bond and protection order set for teenagers arrested at high school

The two teenagers arrested this week at Steamboat Springs High School were issued bonds and a protection order on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Routt County Judge Erin Wilson set a $5,000 bond for Zackery Durham, who was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 27, by Steamboat Springs police thanks to an anonymous tip saying Durham had posted a photo online of himself with what appeared to be a rifle and a caption reading, “Full on drive by (expletive) here.”

4. Short-term rental records request swamps city attorney’s office

The City Attorney for Steamboat Springs, Dan Foote, and his legal department have been busy.

About a week ago, Brownstein Hyatt’s Denver-based law office made an open records request to the City of Steamboat Springs for a broad scope of documents relating to short-term rentals.

A screenshot of a video posted to the Routt County Chat, Rant, n Rave Facebook page shows a red Jeep in the Yampa River near the pump house boat ramp just East of Hayden on Sunday evening, Sept. 25.
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5. No injuries in incident requiring removal of Jeep from Yampa River

There were no injuries from an incident that required a red Jeep Wrangler be removed from the Yampa River near Hayden on Sunday, Sept. 26, according to Colorado State Patrol.

CSP Trooper Josh Lewis said the incident wasn’t handled as a wreck because the Jeep became stuck on its own.

The building at 1125 Lincoln Ave. has been renovated both inside and out as Yampa Valley Brewing Co.’s new tasting room, The Hop House, is slated to open Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
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6. Pitcher perfect: Yampa Valley Brewing completes renovations, plans to open Steamboat tap house next week

The fence around the property at 1125 Lincoln Ave. is gone, and the building is sporting a fresh look. It’s a sign the taps will start flowing soon at Yampa Valley Brewing Co.’s newest taproom, The Hop House.

7. Upcoming state ban on plastic bags prompts Steamboat Springs to revisit local policies

Colorado’s plastic bag ban and fee program goes into effect on Jan. 1, and in 2024, stores will be restricted from providing any single-use bags statewide.

This development prompted Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to discuss how to reconcile the state law with the city’s existing plastic bag ban and fee.

8. PHOTOS: Downtown bear banquet gets attention

Bear cubs sit in the top of a crab apple tree in a yard of a home on Maple Street Monday Sept. 26, 2022. The cubs drew plenty of attention while they dined in the tree before climbing back down and rejoining mom who was sitting in the shade in a nearby yard.

Democratic candidate for Routt County Commissioner Sonja Macys, left, and Republican Candidate for Routt County Commissioner Kathi Meyer, right.
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9. Candidates say growth is top of mind for voters in County Commissioner race

Both candidates vying for an open Routt County Commissioner seat say they know the Steamboat Springs district they would be elected to represent well.

But while they need to live within District 3, which is entirely within Steamboat’s city limits, voters in all parts of Routt County will decide who they want to join Democrats Tim Corrigan and Tim Redmond at the helm of the county in January.

10. State budget writers fear consequences of Colorado voters approving affordable housing ballot measure

The state lawmakers who write Colorado’s budget are raising red flags about how two measures on the November ballot — one that would reduce the income tax rate and another that would set aside about $300 million annually for affordable housing — could combine to hamstring the legislature’s future finances, namely by eating into education funding. 

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