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Steamboat Briefs: More voters return completed ballots

Pilot & Today Staff

Routt County election officials received and certified 213 completed ballots Wednesday, bringing the total number of Routt County residents who have voted in this year’s election to 2,322. The number of city of Steamboat Springs residents who have voted increased from 1,236 through Tuesday to 1,369 through Wednesday. More than 6,000 people voted in Routt County’s 2007 election, including about 3,500 city residents.

The average age of voters so far is 55. Less than 5 percent of ballots returned so far came from voters younger than 30, and only about 20 percent are from voters younger than 45. Completed ballots must be received by county election officials by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The 2009 election is the first to be conducted with mail ballots in Routt County. If you haven’t received a ballot and think you should have – or have any other questions – visit the Routt County Elections Office in the Routt County Courthouse or call 970-870-5558.

County Road 27 cut to one lane near Oak Creek

Routt County Road 27 will be reduced to one lane at the ARGO slide area, about two miles west of Oak Creek, according to a news release from the Routt County Road and Bridge department. A traffic signal will cycle every five minutes, 24 hours a day, to control vehicles. The repairs are expected to be finished Nov. 6. Call Road and Bridge at 879-0831.

Meeting to plan rodeo grounds set for Monday

Steamboat Springs’ Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, to present a draft conceptual design and master plan for the rodeo grounds at Howelsen Hill. Norris Design, a Denver-based landscape planning and architecture firm, created the draft design. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call the parks and recreation offices at 879-4300 for more information.

Recycling group to hold conference in Steamboat

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Thursday that the Colorado Association for Recycling would host its annual conference in Steamboat Springs next year, from June 6 to 8 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel. The event could bring as many as 300 people to Steamboat.

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DuBord said the zero-waste event would highlight the achievements of local groups including the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Recycles, which DuBord said played a large role in bringing the CAFR conference to Steamboat. Visit CAFR’s Web site at, or call Michelle Kincheloe at 888-610-2800 for registration, exhibit and sponsorship details.

LIFT-UP community coat drive to be held this week

Gently used warm winter coats can be donated to the LIFT-UP Community Coat Drive this week (no light jackets or vests, please). Coats can be taken to Ski Town Cleaners before 6 p.m. today and Saturday. The Colorado Group Realty truck will collect coats today at Waterside Day Spa, 1110 Yampa Ave. On Saturday, the truck will be at the City Market parking lot. Both days, the Colorado Group Realty truck will collect from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coats will be given out the first week of November at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. For more information, call 870-8804.