Steamboat briefs: City offers updates on current road construction projects |

Steamboat briefs: City offers updates on current road construction projects

After an efficient couple of weeks, construction efforts are winding down in the 12th and Yampa street corridor. Crews completed a new storm drain installation, a new concrete bulb-out near Orange Peel and finishing touches on the new Little Toots Park frontage, including installation of pavers and boulders.

Construction efforts for the coming week include the following.

  • Crews will get a break, as no construction is planned Monday or Tuesday, July 4. Work will resume Wednesday, July 5
  • Beginning Wednesday, July 5, efforts will focus in two new work zone areas – along the south side of Yampa Street in front of the public parking lot at Ninth Street and along the north side of Yampa Street in front of the parking lot at 10th Street. These areas will remain open to vehicular traffic with some intermittent delays as crews work to install new concrete curb, gutter, sidewalks and street lights. Work in these zones is expected to last several weeks.
  • A storm sewer crossing at 10th Street will require the street to be closed between Yampa Street and the 10th Street parking lot access for one to two days. Vehicular traffic will be detoured to Ninth and 11th streets during this time.
  • The public parking lots at Ninth and 10th streets will remain open throughout the construction work in these areas.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access will remain open via the Yampa River Core Trail and bike lanes on Yampa Street in all work areas.

On Oak Street, no work is planned for Monday or Tuesday, July 4. When work resumes Wednesday, July 5, efforts will be focused in the following areas.

  • Tree plantings and revegetation will take place on both sides of Oak between Ninth and 10 streets.
  • The upper Wells Fargo Parking lot will close Thursday, July 6.
  • The Wells Fargo block work will resume Wednesday, July 5 with prep and installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk and handicap ramps. Parking will be closed from Third to Fourth street on Oak Street and on Fourth Street from Oak Street south to the alley. The right turn lane onto Third Street on eastbound Oak Street will also close.

Construction hours for both projects run from  7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

Information on the overall project is available at Sign up to receive project updates at or send an email request to

Area agencies make several meth-related arrests recently

The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Meeker Police Department, recently made several methamphetamine-related arrests.

According to a news release from the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office, deputies on Thursday, June 29, were provided with information that Alyssa Baley 40, of Rangely, had several warrants for her arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by Meeker Police department, subsequently made contact with a vehicle at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker.

Contacted in the vehicle were Quinn Olesky, 44, and Theresa Baley, 68, both of Grand Junction.

The deputy asked the occupants about Alyssa Baley’s location, to which they replied she was in court. Upon further investigation, however, Alyssa Baley was found hiding in the vehicle.

Also found in the vehicle were methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs.

All three parties were transported to the Rio Blanco County Detention Center.

According to the news release, Alyssa Baley was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Theresa Baley was charged with accessory to a crime with intent to hinder, delay or prevent the discovery, apprehension of another for a crime. Quinn Olesky was charge with accessory to a crime with intent to hinder, delay or prevent the discovery, apprehension of another for a crime and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gardner Flanigan joins Moving Mountains as general manager

Celebrating 20 successful years of operation, luxury vacation home rental specialist Moving Mountains welcomes Gardner Flanigan as its new general manager, effective Monday, July 10, according to a news release from the company.

Flanigan, a longtime resident Steamboat Springs, brings more than 20 years of experience as a marketing and sales management professional. At Moving Mountains, he will head up a talented hospitality team that paves the way to creating memorable vacation experiences for visitors while exploring new opportunities for regional growth.

“We are delighted to welcome a dynamic leader like Gardner to head up our Steamboat operations,” said Robin Craigen, Moving Mountains CEO and co-founder, in the news release. “His experience, leadership and marketing skills make him an ideal fit for our team. We share his passion for this beautiful mountain community and welcome his energy as demand for our services continues to grow.”

Before joining the Moving Mountains team, Flanigan was marketing director at Smartwool, playing a leading role in the strategic development and growth of the global brand. Before that, he served as director of staffing services at HIMS Consulting Group, where he honed his management skills.

As an ex-ski racing coach, Flanigan is still an avid skier and occasional snowboarder who enjoys powder days with his wife of 20 years and two ski-racing children. His summers include cycling, mountain biking, camping, and enjoying the warm days and cool nights of Northwest Colorado.

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