UPDATED AT 8 a.m. Thursday morning — One person died last night on Hwy 40 just east of Craig, in a collision with a Steamboat Springs Transit Bus. The Moffat County Coroner has identified him as 39-year-old Robert Boyer of Craig. Boyer was driving the Jeep that swerved into the other lane and hit the bus. Twenty-one people were on the bus. Five were injured, three seriously. An autopsy will be performed at 1:30 today in Grand Junction.
Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens.
One person died in a collision with a Steamboat Springs Transit bus Wednesday night. The accident happened on Hwy 40, just before Craig. The driver of a Jeep swerved into the other lane and hit the bus. The driver of the Jeep died at the scene. Twenty-one people were on the bus. Five were injured, three seriously. Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler says they worked with Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to get local school buses to help transfer passengers on the bus back to Craig.
The name of the man who died hasn’t been released yet. “Our thoughts are with all of those involved in the accident,” said Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter. “We’re grateful to the emergency responders and law enforcement who responded along with SST personnel who assisted on the scene.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is getting reports of Big Horn Sheep in lower elevations of Routt County. This is not where they normally are, so wildlife officials would like to know if you see any in Routt County. Give them a call to let them know when and where. 970-870-2197.
A Golden Eagle that was injured was successfully released back into the wild this week. The eagle was hit outside of Craig last April and had a leg injury and lead poisoning. It was rehabilitated with Birds of Prey Rehabilitation out of Fort Collins and then released outside of Craig by Tracy Bye with Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation. There is a transmitter on the eagle from a federal program so they will be able to follow her flight.
In COVID news, 430 Routt County kids ages five to 11 were vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine in the past week. To get your child vaccinated, check with local pharmacies at Safeway, Walgreens and Walmart.
The highest vaccination rates for Routt County are in Steamboat Springs and North Routt. 83% of Steamboat residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The lowest vaccination rates are in South Routt and West Routt. In the Hayden area, 44% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
Don’t forget about free community testing for COVID-19. It’s in the parking lot at Strings Music Pavilion, on the Wildhorse Plaza Side. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May. Pre-register through Mako Medical. Link to Register
Kids in the South Routt School District don’t have to go to school Monday and Tuesday next week. Superintendent Rim Watson says the two days during Thanksgiving week when kids are supposed to go to school are the most missed days. He says they had some extra days on the Master Schedule so they canceled school for next week to extend the Thanksgiving break. Hayden, Moffat and Steamboat schools are also off all week. Students in Meeker and Baggs do have school Monday and Tuesday.
The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra presents “Finding Christmas” on Dec. 4-5 at Strings Music Pavilion. This is the holiday special with student performances and the Christmas sing-along at the end. AND, the crew from Harvey’s Huddle will be making a special appearance
That’s Tony Counts, Brian Harvey, and Drew McElhany. Tickets are going fast, and are available at SteamboatSymphony.org. Use the code STBTRAD (or KEZZ941) for a $5 discount. Get tickets here.
Friday morning is the 5th Annual Parent Connection Summit. It starts at 8:45 at CMC in Steamboat Springs. It’s free. Translation and childcare services are available and masks will be required. The Parent Connection Summit is hosted by the Routt County Youth Services Coalition.