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Topping the news this morning, imagine wanting to see your child, but worrying that your abusive ex-spouse will again become violent. Imagine having to go to a public place such as McDonald’s, or the parking lot of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, to pick up your child from your ex-spouse because there is no better place for the transfer.

Some Northwest Colorado residents don’t have to imagine. For as many as 52 families, such scenarios are very real.

But that could change. Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, a publicly funded local nonprofit organization, received approval from Routt County commissioners this week to apply for a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. If awarded, the “Safe Haven” grant would implement the Yampa Valley Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program, which would provide a secure location for custody-related meetings.

Oak Creek’s police chief and sole law enforcement officer, Linda Koile is beginning to feel the burn.

The Oak Creek Police Department’s future is a topic the Oak Creek Town Board plans to discuss during its meeting tonight.

Steamboat Springs resident Scott Wedel, who owns a business in Oak Creek, is scheduled to address the board about his concern for Koile’s personal safety, particularly because she doesn’t have any fellow officers to provide support.

During budget cuts in November, the Town Board slashed about $11,000 from the police department’s budget and directed Koile not to replace former Officer Chris Tritz’s position when he left the department. A code enforcement position also will not be filled.

Town Clerk Karen Halterman said the board will not make any final decision during tonight’s meeting, but its members may schedule a work session to discuss the police department.

Routt County extension agent C.J. Mucklow is being honored for his work.

Mucklow, director of the Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office, will be honored Saturday with a Colorado State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recognizes Muck-low’s 20 years of service with CSU’s Cooperative Extension Service. Extension offices throughout the state provide residents information about agriculture, horticulture and consumer and family sciences.

In sports, if the Ivy League had a Steamboat Springs, Dartmouth would be it.

That’s why former Steamboat Springs offensive and defensive lineman Lane Shipley, alongside his family and coaches, concluded a two-year recruiting process Wednesday by inking his name on a letter of intent to play football for the Big Green.

Shipley was named to the all-state football team his junior and senior years and academic all-state his senior year. He was the Western Slope League Lineman of the Year his senior year and was invited to the high school football all-state game at the end of the school year at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

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