Video: News update for Feb. 19
Routt County officials will discuss the future of GRAMNET Tuesday, less than a week after Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said his office would cut off its $115,000 in annual funding for the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team. Wall said contributing to GRAMNET “was not worth its results.” Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said the GRAMNET decision is Wall’s to make, but the commissioners wanted to give the public a forum to discuss the issue with the sheriff. Tuesday’s meeting starts at 10:55 a.m. in the Routt County Courthouse Annex at 136 Sixth Street.
A Steamboat Springs woman died Friday when the tow truck in which she was a passenger crashed on Colorado Highway 131 near Phippsburg. Ironically, 37-year-old Amy Flint was in the tow truck because she earlier had been involved in one-vehicle, rollover accident in Yampa. The driver of the tow truck – 28-year-old Kenneth Muhme of Craig – was cited in the accident. There is now word yet on services for Flint.
The Oak Creek Town Board will transfer $304,793 from its utility funds to balance the town’s depleted general fund. The decision was made Saturday during a budget work session in Oak Creek. Mayor J. Elliot said the decision was a temporary fix and that the city should consider a property tax increase of about 5 mills to stave off future budget problems. The town’s current rate is 11.22 mills.
A bill before the Colorado House would require electric cooperative to reimburse residents who produce energy using renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. Electric cooperatives oppose the bill, but Margaret Berglund of Routt County, who is affiliated with the Western Colorado Congress, supports the measure. “There are a lot of people in Routt County who would like to do this,” Berglund said. “Ideally, if we get more people to do solar systems on their homes, then we would need fewer power plants.” House Bill 1169 is scheduled to go before committee on Tuesday.
Steamboatpilot.com will hold a chat this week with Dan Bonner, president of Main Street Steamboat Springs. Bonner will talk about the downtown group’s efforts and about a proposal to create a Business Improvement District downtown. The chat is at 2 p.m. Friday, but you can submit questions in advance at steamboatpilot.com
If you are interested in playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker, Monday nights are poker night at the Snow Bowl on West U.S. Highway 40. Play starts at 7 p.m.. You must be 18 or older. It’s also Open Mic Night at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill and there is drop-in pickup basketball at 8:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College. For more area events, check out Happenings at Steamboatpilot.com
In Sports, the Steamboat Springs Sailors earned a number 2 seed in the state high school basketball playoffs. There are 48 teams in the tournament divided into four regions, meaning the Sailors were seeded among the top eight teams in the state. 19-3 Steamboat will have a first round bye and will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Montrose and Summit at 1 p.m. Saturday in Steamboat Springs.
The Steamboat Springs hockey team’s season ended Saturday with a 6-2 loss to Air Academy in Colorado Springs. The Sailors finished the season 10-7-2.
At the state-wrestling tournament in Denver, Steamboat’s Houston Mader finished fourth. Soroco’s Justin Iacovetto and Joel Schlegel took third in their weight classes while teammate Dennis Morgan was fourth in his. Hayden’s Mitchel Doolin finished sixth.
Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 6 a.m. was 23 degrees under cloudy skies. We’re expecting snow this morning with accumulations of up to four inches. The high should be 37 degrees. Tonight’s low should be around 18 degrees. We should have some clearing Tuesday with a high near 40 degrees.
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Work to form a new strategic plan for the Steamboat Springs School District will start next week with the first sessions of a listening tour aimed at getting broad community feedback.