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Police, transit report tame New Year’s eve

Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Tom Mun­den said Steamboat Springs celebrated the New Year’s holiday without any serious incidents Friday night into early Saturday.

“Town was packed, but for the most part, it seemed like we got out pretty OK,” Munden said Sunday. “Couple of (driving under the influence) arrests, drunks everywhere, but for the most part it seemed like everybody behaved themselves and we had it handled. There wasn’t anything major.”

Colorado State Patrol troopers reported two DUI arrests and one driving while ability impaired arrest during the holiday weekend. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office reported one DUI arrest, and the Police Department reported two. Police responded to one fight reported in a downtown bar after closing time, but Munden said the incident was resolved without serious injury.

“As far as New Year’s Eve festivities, there was nothing major,” Munden said about the late night. “It was more, basically, arguments and maybe a little pushing and shoving. Nothing like a serious, knock-down drag-out fight or anything.”

Routt County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kurtis Luster said, “It was a pretty mild weekend.”

Steamboat Transit: Cold may have deterred riders

Steamboat Springs Transit Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said Sunday that city buses carried a total of 9,012 passengers Friday night and Saturday morning, about 900 fewer than expected for the New Year’s celebration.

“We moved a lot of people, but it was just really cold,” Flint said. “I think that affected the ridership. …We didn’t see some of the crowds we would normally expect after midnight and early in the morning.”

Flint noted that he saw a temperature reading of 14 degrees below zero early Saturday morning on the Wells Fargo gauge at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. He said the temperatures may have toned down bus riders’ rowdiness, too.

“It was actually, in a lot of ways, far less eventful than many past New Year’s Eves,” Flint said. “I think people just wanted to get home and get somewhere warm. … People were, for the most part, pretty well-behaved.”

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