— Candidate withdraws from City Council race

Matt Jacquart announced Wednesday that he wants to drop out of the race for City Council. Jacquart, a 26-year-old radio announcer and producer on KFMU was challenging City Council President Pro Tem Kathy Connell and newcomer Darcy Trask for the District III seat.

He did not give a specific reason for leaving the race, though he said he felt he was not “the right person for the job.” Jacquart had expressed some concern about fund-raising during his campaign, though he attended every City Council meeting and a candidate forum after he announced his candidacy in August.

Jacquart, who grew up near Aspen, said he wanted to be a voice for the younger generation in Steamboat and focus on such issues as affordable housing and growth.

The ballot order has already been drawn up and Jacquart may or may not be able to take his name off the ballot. The city clerk could not be contacted at press time.

That leaves Connell and Trask in the race for the District III seat, which encompasses much of the mountain area. There are still nine candidates vying for four seats on the City Council.

Teen hurt in accident

Two 16-year-old girls were involved in a car accident Wednesday night just before 8 p.m. when Alyssa Loveland’s Ford Explorer collided with Stephanie Lickteig’s Subaru on Fifth Street off Lincoln Avenue, an officer said.

Lickteig was traveling northbound on Fifth Street when she was hit on the passenger side of the car by the Explorer, sending her car into another parked car, said Officer Jeff Vrbas of the Steamboat Springs Police Department. Lickteig was not wearing her seatbelt and her airbag failed to deploy, Vrbas said. Lickteig was taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance. She had no passengers.

Medical center officials did not return phone calls on her condition by press time.

Loveland, who had three passengers in her car, was traveling westbound through the alley between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue when she collided with Lickteig’s car, Vrbas said. Loveland was not under the influence of alcohol and was cited for a traffic violation, Vrbas said. Both cars were towed away from the scene.

City and county police officers, as well as firefighters and ambulance workers, all responded to the scene.

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