News for Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

In Routt County, there are 1,042 total positive cases as of Thursday evening with 11 new cases in one day and 101 cases in two weeks and 18 deaths from COVID.

Be prepared and know where you’re going if you’re headed into the backcountry this weekend. Avalanche danger has been rated as considerable to high across the state. Jay Bowman is the president of Routt County Search and Rescue.

Check the weather and avalanche conditions and know the terrain. Have a beacon, probe, and shovel, and know how to use it. Make sure your cell phone is charged. If search and rescue can get a ping from GPS on your cell phone, they may be able to guide you out since they can see where you are. And don’t go out alone.

Safety in the Backcountry: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/safety-in-colorados-backcountry

Friends of Kenny Morris have started a fundraiser for him. The longtime South Routt local lost everything when his mobile home caught on fire in Oak Creek Wednesday. A fundraising Facebook page has been set up called Personal Emergency Fundraiser for Kenny Morris and Family. This is also where you can see what else is needed for Morris, his family, and his roommates. Link: https://www.facebook.com/donate/224692272399429/

Two new high-speed electric vehicle charging stations are now at the Kum & Go on Anglers Drive in Steamboat. They cost $250,000, and they were paid for by a grant from the Colorado Energy office. Seven are available to the public right now in Colorado with the next closest one in Dinosaur. Six more sites have received permits to start construction, including locations in Vail, Rifle, Granby, and Craig. It takes half an hour to charge a car at the high-speed station.

Welcome to January, or as the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs calls it, “Thankuary.” They are encouraging everyone to write a thank you note to someone every day this month, showing gratitude, and showing their appreciated. Or it can be an email or a phone call. They even made a Thankuary calendar to help, which includes teachers, delivery people, police, health care workers, friends, neighbors and family. Oh, and Lifties made the list!

From Routt County Public Health… If you live here or you’re visiting us here in Steamboat Springs, please wear your mask in all of our public places, businesses, and grocery stores. Help make COVID stop with you.

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