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Steamboat briefs: Baumgardner named to Senate committees

Colorado Senate Republicans have announced committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session, and District 8 Sen. Randy Baumgardner — representing Routt, Moffat, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Grand, Jackson and Summit counties — has been named to three committees.

Baumgardner will serve as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and vice chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

In addition, Baumgardner will serve on the Capital Development Committee.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker) said the assignments reflected the “more horizontal” management philosophy Senate Republicans will be using going forward.

“Our goal when making assignments was to diversify rather than concentrate power, which gets more of our members involved in the leadership of committees and strategic planning on the issues they handle,” Holbert said in a news release. “A lot of thought also was given to how the committee chairs and vice-chairs will work together as a team. It isn’t our goal to run a top-town kind of operation, but to ensure that committee members have a lot of say in what bills they want to sponsor and consider, giving them a much greater voice in where our caucus is heading.”

Lack of snow causes Howelsen opening delay

In an effort to provide an enjoyable and safe experience for our partners and guests, the city of Steamboat Springs has decided to delay the opening of Howelsen Hill Ski Area until Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area was initially scheduled to open for the 2016-2017 season Saturday, Nov. 26, but due to current snow conditions, officials decided to delay the opening until adequate snowpack is available.

For additional information about hours of operation, ticket prices and season pass sales, visit

Sign up to ring bells throughout holiday season

Routt County United Way is seeking bell ringers to help raise money for local health and human service programs. The bell ringing will begin today and run through Christmas Eve, and it’s a great way for civic groups or businesses to perform community service. 

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days to ring bells outside City Market and Safeway: today, Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

All donations raised through bell ringing stay in Routt County. To sign up to ring bells, visit or email, or call 970-879-5605 for more information.

New regulation applies to area snowmobile owners

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anyone planning to purchase a boat, OHV or snowmobile after Jan. 1 that a new regulation requires buyers to demonstrate proof of ownership before the vehicle can be registered. Failure to show proof of ownership will prevent the completion of the registration.

Financial help available to spayed, neuter pets

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online, visit

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