Briefs for March 6 |

Briefs for March 6

Yampa man arrested in alleged kidnapping

— A 26-year-old Yampa man was arrested early Sunday morning and faces charges of second-degree kidnapping. Police say the man allegedly took his girlfriend against her will.

Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Ken Klinger said deputies arrested Rusty Cole Cannon after an altercation that started at the Colorado Bar and Grill in Oak Creek shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

The altercation carried over to a party at a residence in Phippsburg where Cannon showed up and took his girlfriend against her will, Klinger said. Police agencies were alerted to be on the lookout for Cannon’s girlfriend. They found her and Cannon sleeping in a van parked on a road in Yampa at about 4:30 a.m. and arrested Cannon. Klinger said the woman was not injured.

Small coal fire erupts at Hayden Station

Wet coal, which spontaneously combusted, is suspected of being the cause of a small fire at the Xcel Hayden Station power plant Sunday afternoon.

There were no injuries, and plant operations were not affected by the fire, Hayden Station manager Gary Gilleland said Monday.

“There wasn’t extensive damage whatsoever,” he said, adding that the plant might have to replace a belt on a conveyor line.

A plant employee called the fire department to report the fire in accordance with plant safety protocol, Gilleland said. The fire was contained to a coal feeder inside the plant.

West Routt Fire Protection District fire chief Bryan Rickman said firefighters were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and they had cleared the scene an hour later.

S. Routt School District holding open meetings

The South Routt School District is seeking public comment about proposed changes to the school calendar for the 2007-08 school year.

The district is holding an informational meeting to explain why it would like a new calendar. The presentation will focus on the needs to reallocate and provide additional collaboration time for staff and to address student needs.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the district boardroom in Oak Creek. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Show us your ink

Do you have a tattoo and want to show it off? 4 Points is looking for anyone interested in having a picture of their ink featured in an upcoming edition of the weekly arts and entertainment section.

What we need: a color photo of the tattoo (appropriate body areas only, please) and a short description identifying what the tattoo is, why you got it, when you got it and where you got it. E-mail submissions to For more information, call Allison Plean at 871-4204.

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