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Friday evening collision near Hayden closes U.S. Highway 40

U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden was closed Friday night after a serious two-car crash.
West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters, Colorado State Patrol troopers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the crash at about 11:10 p.m. near mile marker 113. West Routt Capt. Dan Parrott said the location of the crash was near Routt County Road 70 between the railroad tracks and the bridge crossing over the Yampa River.
The crash involved a pickup and a smaller sport-utility vehicle.
“It looks like at least one vehicle lost control and collided with the other,” Parrott said.
One person had to be extricated from a vehicle.
Two people were taken to Memorial Regional Health in Craig.
One driver who was in the most critical condition was taken to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Colorado State Patrol was investigating the crash.
Traffic was detoured around the closure.

First Impressions of Routt County to host listening events

First Impressions of Routt County will host two events to hear public input Monday and Tuesday. The feedback with help the organization develop the Routt County Childhood Community Plan. The plan will will identify potential solutions for the education and care of children from birth to age 8, according to a news release.
The first event will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at Soroco High School, 305 Grant Ave., Oak Creek. The second event will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hayden Public Library, 201 East Jefferson Ave., Hayden. Free dinner and childcare starts at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 5:45 p.m.
For more information, contact smartin@co.routt.co.us or 970-870-5270.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival sponsoring 2 childrens contests

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival is currently sponsoring a crane coloring contest, which is open to all children age 3 to 14.
The contest picture can be picked up and returned at the Children’s Library at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Ciao Gelato, Creekside Cafe and the lobby of the U.S. Forest Service building on Weiss Drive. It can also be downloaded at coloradocranes.org/2018-festival/2018-coloring-contest/.
In addition, the festival is also sponsoring a photo contest that includes a special youth category and prize for photographers younger than 18. Photos of sandhill cranes taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 13 can be submitted to cranefestphoto@gmail.com. Complete contest rules can be found at coloradocranes.org/programs-2/2018-photo-contest/.
The coloring contest deadline is Aug. 15, and the photo contest deadline is Aug. 13. Winners of both contests will be awarded prizes during the upcoming Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

Opera Steamboat in search of volunteers for summer season

Opera Steamboat is in need of front-of-the-house volunteers for the 2018 summer opera festival. Volunteer duties include ushering, box office and concessions. All volunteers will be trained prior to the production and will have free admittance to the show.
Dates include: “The Proposal,” Aug. 1, 2, 3 and 6; “Don Giovanni,” Aug. 9; and “The Cunning Little Vixen,” Aug. 10 and 11. Contact beth@operasteamboat.org or 970-879-1996 for more information and to sign up.

Roberts named Legislator of the Year by health advocacy group

State Rep. Dylan Roberts was named as a Legislator of the Year for his work at the State Capitol to lower health insurance costs and to increase access to health care. The statewide health advocacy group, Healthier Colorado, awarded Roberts the “Bridging the Gap” award as a champion for reducing health care disparities in Colorado.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Roberts said in a news release. “When I went to Denver to serve as the state representative for Eagle and Routt counties, I listened to my constituents, and it was clear that the cost of health insurance in our region was undoubtedly the top issue. So, I dedicated a significant portion of my legislative work to addressing that problem.”
Roberts was the lead sponsor of four health insurance and health care costs-related bills during the 2018 legislative
“Rep. Roberts really dove-in from day one and has emerged as a compassionate and fearless leader in the goal of reducing costs and providing more access to health care for Coloradans,” said Jake Williams, Healthier Colorado executive director, in a news release.
Roberts was sworn in as the state representative for House District 26 in 2017. He was raised in Steamboat Springs and now lives in Avon where, in addition to his service as a legislator, he is a deputy district attorney for the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office.


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