Heavy snow has created big berms. Drivers are being asked to be patient with the big piles of snow, especially around blind corners. The snowplow drivers start work at 3 a.m. on the snowiest days and typically put in a 12- to 17-hour shift. That means no parking on city streets overnight in Steamboat, Hayden, and Oak Creek, so the snowplows can do their job. South Routt County has been hit especially hard.
2019 ended with the city collecting $25,945,746 dollars in sales tax. That’s almost eight percent more sales tax collected in the City of Steamboat Springs than the year before.
A bill passing through the state legislature could bring more resources to volunteer search and rescue groups throughout Colorado, including Routt County Search and Rescue. The bill is known as "Strengthen Backcountry Search and Rescue in Colorado Act." One of the main problems search and rescue organizations face is a lack of consistent resources, according to Routt County Search and Rescue Vice President Harry Sandler. The bill would help provide a more reliable funding source. The bill goes before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.
The Garfield County School District found something surprising after a routine audit. The district, based in Glenwood Springs, has a surprise surplus of $4 million dollars in the district’s fund balance. The school board there is working on getting some new accountants.