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S. Routt spotlighted in short film

Oak Creek, Yampa and Phippsburg play starring role in video

Oak Creek's sign welcoming visitors is one of the first things visitors are greeted with entering the town's limits. Several of Oak Creek's sites are featured in a short film about South Routt County.
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— Jerry Caires had driven through Oak Creek before admiring its charm and slow pace but had never thought to stop his car and get out.

Caires, owner of Razor Cut Entertainment in Steamboat Springs and an award-winning television producer, set out last summer to film some of South Routt’s historic and natural elements for a short film he was producing.

Caires called the area “a cute slice of heaven.”



“The two days of footage I got was literally just a snapshot of what I found,” he said. “It’s literally seen through the eyes of a discoverer because I’d never been on those roads, or really explored those towns.”

The six-minute film that Caires ended up with features interviews with Oak Creek historian Mike Yurich, Town Clerk Karen Halterman, former Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman, Black Mountain Tavern co-owner Dan Bubenheim and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Lee Duerksen. Shots include scenes from Oak Creek’s Main Street, Bucket Park, Oak Creek Cemetery, Yampa’s Flat Tops and Phippsburg’s railroad yards.



The film, called a “lifestyle vignette,” captures the everyday landscape and places that South Routt residents often take for granted.

“We live here in Oak Creek or in South Routt and we do not always see the images that are on that video,” Yurich said. “We take it all for granted. We don’t stop to look at the flowers.”

The video was produced primarily for a leased-access cable channel in Steamboat Springs, but Caires said there may be a possibility of expanding the video by 10 to 20 minutes to include more information about Oak Creek, Phippsburg and Yampa. The video would likely be available for purchase through the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg as a fundraiser.

Yurich said the quality of the existing video is outstanding, and that he was excited someone took the time to feature the South Routt area.

“When I see something like this about Oak Creek, I get really excited and run up and down the streets showing everyone,” he said. “They did a really, really good job.”

Yurich showed the film at the Jan. 11 Oak Creek Town Board meeting, where the board and audience had a chance to watch the film for the first time.

“Everyone got really excited after seeing it,” he said.

Caires said he was impressed with the people he ran into during his two days of filming South Routt.

“Everyone I came into contact with was warm, friendly and extremely positive,” he said. “It was a couple days of discovery for me and my 8-year-old daughter. Together we discovered the beauty of the area. It really does speak for itself.”


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