Briefs for July 20 |

Briefs for July 20

Brush fire puts itself out at county roads 33B, 179

A brush fire was reported at the intersection of Routt County roads 33B and 179, but by the time firefighters had arrived, the fire had put itself out.

A lightning strike caused the fire, which was burning sagebrush in Foidal Creek, Steamboat Springs Lt. Richard Wood said. The first call about the fire came in at about 5:35 p.m., and the Steamboat Springs Fire Department was on scene an hour later.

By then, the fire had self-extinguished. Firefighters examined the area to be sure it was completely out and learned the fire had burned an area of about 20 feet by 20 feet, Wood said.

Car keyed while left overnight in Big Red Park

A woman who left her car overnight in the Big Red Park area returned the next day to find two tires deflated and the car keyed all the way around, police said.

Loni Ringhand of Steamboat Springs left her black Pontiac Grand Am 2002 parked in Big Red Park in North Routt, Steamboat Springs Lt. Richard Wood said. When she returned, she found it had been vandalized.

The tires were not damaged, but an initial estimate of the key markings is $1,500 in damage, Wood said. The incident is under investigation, but police have an unnamed suspect.

Mike Smith, Kindred endorse candidate Fetcher

Two Steamboat Springs educators — Mike Smith and Brad Kindred — have endorsed state Senate candidate Jay Fetcher.

“I have worked with Jay Fetcher for years on education issues, and he clearly has a proven dedication to quality education for the children of Colorado,” Smith said.

Kindred added, “while Jay (Fetcher) was president of the Steamboat Springs School Board, I saw his ability to make tough decisions while maintaining his commitment to our schools.”

Smith is a teacher, former president of the Steamboat Springs Education Association, and member of the Colorado Education Association. Kindred is a teacher and president of the Steamboat Springs Education Association.

Both men cited Fetcher’s opposition to school vouchers and his support for local control of schools as reasons for their endorsements. They credited Fetcher for the establishment of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board, which distributes an additional $1.5 million of sales-tax revenue to local schools.

Fetcher is running for Colorado Senate District 8, which includes Routt, Garfield, Eagle, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties. A Democrat, he faces no primary opposition. Fetcher will face Sen. Jack Taylor, a Republican, in the fall.

Euzoa@Night will meet

at Bear River Run

Euzoa@Night has rescheduled the location of its Sunday evening service. For the next three weeks, the service will be at 5:57 p.m. at Bear River Run across from the Gondola.

Class of 1994 has reunion this weekend; call to RSVP

The Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1994 is holding a 10-year reunion this weekend. For information or to RSVP, call Sonja Brown at 846-8968 or

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