News for Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

29 protective vests were donated to Steamboat Springs Police Thursday night. The donation came from a group called Shield 616.

That’s Steamboat Police Chief Cory Christensen.

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If you have downed trees, limbs and branches, you can drop them off at the Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds, starting this morning. The City of Steamboat Springs has set up a temporary residential tree chipping program to help with all of the trees that are down from Tuesday’s storm. Dropoff is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dates are:

  • Friday through Monday, Sept. 11-14
  • Thursday through Monday, Sept. 17-21

The service is for residents only and not commercial operators.

Chuck Cerasoli has been named the new Fire Chief for Steamboat Springs, after a nationwide search. Cerasoli had been the interim chief for the past year. He’s been with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue since 2000.

The West Routt Fire Protection District is reporting the death of one of their firefighter EMTs. 31-year-old Kyle Ray McCoy died Sept. 3. A funeral procession through Hayden is at 10:30 Saturday, followed by a service at Dry Creek Park.

Twins and SSHS Seniors Kendra and Paxton Sollars have been planting American flags on the lawn of Yampa Valley Bank on Highway 40 for the 9-11 Never Forget Project.

The rows of flags are six feet apart, for COVID-19.

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Yampa Valley Electric says there were eight power outages throughout Northwest Colorado during Tuesday’s storm. 30-40 trees came down on power lines and eight broken power poles had to be replaced. Their crews worked through the night and sometimes in winds of 50 to 100 miles per hour.

Routt County is in the range of low spread for the COVID-19 virus. There have been a total of 137 cases reported in the community. While numbers are low, residents need to still keep up with good practices. Here’s Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton.

Commissioner Doug Monger agreed about keeping up good health practices, even though numbers are low. It’s important, especially as the community tries to move into the Protect Your Neighbor phase with the state.

Moffat County has a new Medical Officer for Public Health. Dr. Allan Reishus is coming out of retirement to take the job. He was a physician in Craig for 45 years. The job is part-time and volunteer. He replaces Dr. Brian Harrington who has been doing the job for Moffat County, and is still the Chief Medical Officer for Routt County Public Health.

The word “hyperphagia” is back in the news. It’s where bears spend up to 20 hours a day looking to eat more than 20,000 or more calories a day. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says take down the bird feeders, close your garage door, secure trash cans and dumpsters, and make sure your house doors and car doors are locked. Bears will try to get in.

The Town of Hayden is wrapping up the final design of the Hayden Center. That’s the redevelopment of the old Hayden High School to be a community center. The town has started the Hayden Community Fund to help with the cost. The money is being raised through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. All level of donations are being accepted. The link is on our Facebook page and website. The Hayden Center is scheduled to open on a limited basis in January.


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