News for Friday, May 29, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Routt County Commissioners are anxious to hear the new amended regulations from Gov. Polis on Sunday. They’re hesitant to discuss specifics on local variances until they hear what the governor plans to do statewide. Some of the local issues that the commissioners are ready to address are youth vs. adult sports leagues. Here’s Commissioner Doug Monger.

The local commissioners also want to be ready with a possible variance request for gyms, and size limits for gatherings.

Offices in the old Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat are scheduled to open Monday. Barriers and orange cones are being set up for people to wait in line outside of the courthouse. Mark Collins is the interim county manager.

But residents are still being asked to try to do any county business online from home, if you can.

The Class of 2020 at Steamboat Springs High School is celebrating their graduation this weekend, with a parade and specially produced video ceremony. Lara Craig is one of the school district board members who has a graduating senior. 

The fun starts this afternoon with a special private ceremony at the Meadows Parking Lot, which is actually for seniors at Steamboat Springs, Soroco, and Yampa Valley High Schools. Hayden High School students have been invited but no word if they’ll be attending. Steamboat Radio’s Brian Harvey is the emcee. Then around 4 p.m., the seniors will loop Mt. Werner Circle and drive down Lincoln Avenue, through downtown Steamboat Springs. Feel free to cheer them on as they drive by. However, it isn’t an official “parade,” so all cars will need to follow all traffic laws on Highway 40, especially as they travel through downtown. 

Then Saturday morning at 10, the video of the simulated graduation will air on Steamboat TV6 and on YouTube. The audio will be airing on Easy 94-1. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqPRR8WrGMw&feature=youtu.be

Five restrooms in city parks could be opening as soon as today. Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily by county staff.

UCHealth is offering an antibody test, to see if you may have had the COVID-19 virus, if you weren’t able to get tested. It’s a blood test and it costs $100. UCHealth says it is 98 percent specific meaning there are fewer than one in 1000 errors.

Voters in Oak Creek have approved a ballot measure to increase revenue for the Oak Creek Fire Protection District. The vote was 194-167 to approve a 4-mill increase in local property taxes for the fire department.

The Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament has canceled its big July tournament, for the first time in 36 years. It’s because of the COVID-19 situation and restrictions. The soccer tournament is a sporting event that brings 160 teams from eight states to the Yampa Valley, generating an estimated $3.9 million dollars in revenue to Steamboat Springs over four days.

LiftUp has started selling plants from the LiftUp Greenhouse. It includes plants like beans, tomatoes, and zucchini. The LiftUp Plant Sale is from 9:30 to noon every Monday morning. It’s a benefit to the LiftUp programs and services.

The city has started spraying for noxious weeds. Those are the whitetop plants. A harmless blue dye will be sprayed on them and it will disappear in a couple of days. The whitetop mitigation will continue for about a month, weather permitting.

Finally, Governor Polis said Thursday was Johnny B. Good’s Diner Day. The Governor awarded the proclamation to the local Steamboat restaurant for finding ways to safely operate, while supporting the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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