News for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat is preparing to deliver more babies this year. That’s because of a recent announcement by Memorial Regional Health in Craig that their facility is suspending Obstetric Services as of this Saturday. In Steamboat, the local hospital is guessing on 100 more babies born at the hospital each year as a result of the closure. The UCHealth Women’s Care Clinic already has an office in Craig and the four OB/GYN doctors employed by the hospital travel to Craig several times a week to see patients. The Steamboat hospital also is planning to add a midwifery program.

Tri-State Generation is closing all three of its coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030. The Craig Station Unit 2 and 3 power plant, and the Colowyo Mine in Northwest Colorado will close in ten years. The Escalante Power Plant in New Mexico will close by the end of this year. The power provider serves nearly 20 rural electric cooperatives. The Craig Press reports that Tri-State is working with state and local leaders to support affected employees and communities. The closures will impact about 472 employees in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties.

Local recreation officials are still trying to figure out what restrictions to impose on electric bikes. The new plan is to implement a one-year trial period to let e-bikes travel on soft-surface, city-owned trails. Right now, e-bikes are restricted to the Yampa River Core Trail and Walton Creek Trail, both of which are paved. There is a survey you can fill out at EngageSteamboat.net The Parks and Rec Commission meets Feb. 12 to further discuss the trial period. Link: https://www.engagesteamboat.net/e-bikes

Pickleball players in Steamboat are asking City Council to consider a new pickleball center. It would have 12 indoor courts, six outdoor courts, a lobby and locker rooms.  It would be next to the Tennis Center. Loretta Conway with the tennis center made a presentation to council Tuesday night, which also included a new nonprofit called the Court Sports 4 Life which could eventually run both facilities. It would cost about $8 million dollars. About 40 people came to the council meeting, wielding pickleball paddles.

Yampa Valley Brewing Company has purchased property on Walnut Street in Hayden, next to the Hayden Granary. The owners plan to build a tap house and new production facility. There is already a tap house in Hayden, and the Barrel Cathedral tap house in Craig.

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