Steamboat Briefs: Philanthropist of the Year nominations now accepted |

Steamboat Briefs: Philanthropist of the Year nominations now accepted

Philanthropist of the Year nominations now accepted

The Philanthropist of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to heighten visibility of philanthropy and giving in the Yampa Valley. Each year, this award honors the individual, business and youth who have exhibited significant charitable giving, insightful leadership and volunteerism, and who has encouraged others to contribute by example. Nominations are now being accepted for recommended 2015 recipients of this honor. Visit for the form and instructions on how to submit your nomination. A list of previous award recipients is also available on the website. Deadline to submit nominations is April 30. For additional information, call 970-879-8632.

Six-week DUI enforcement scheduled to begin today

As spring ushers in longer days and warmer weather, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are also turn-ing up the heat, ramping up DUI patrols for the Spring Events The Heat Is On enforcement period running today through May 17.

With the goal of keeping Colorado’s roads safe and reducing the number of DUIs and impairment fatalities, the enforcement period coincides with functions at which people will likely be celebrating —college graduations, sporting events or marijuana-friendly li-bations. CDOT doesn’t mind if you celebrate, as long as you never get behind the wheel impaired. During the 2014 Spring Events The Heat is On enforcement, more than 1,800 people were arrested for a DUI, an increase from 2013 when 1,709 were arrested during the same time.

April also marks the start of a noticeable upward trend in impairment fatalities heading into the summer. In 2014, there were 12 statewide impairment fatalities in April, steadily increasing during the summer before peaking at 24 fatalities in August, according to preliminary 2014 data.

“With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, motorists tend to drive faster and take longer trips,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, in a news release. “Wherever the road may take you this spring, remember to never drive impaired and be aware of other drivers who may be impaired. If you drive after drinking or doing drugs, we will find and arrest you.”

The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year with 12 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at

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