News for Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Another staff member at The Haven has tested positive for COVID-19. It was confirmed, heading into the weekend. The woman in her 20s is a resident of Routt County. The Haven has had seven COVID-19 resident cases and now five staff cases and two deaths. Routt County has had six deaths. The two new deaths from the Haven will be added to the county once the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment receives the death certificates.

CDPHE is also listing Routt County now as having 125 positive cases. The reason for the discrepancy is that a clinic in Routt County was not sending results to CDPHE and now there are some old cases that have been added to the list. Those details will be released today. And as for future updates, Routt and Moffat County Public Health offices plan to update cases once a week, on Wednesdays.

The Pine Gulch Fire continues to burn out of control north of Grand Junction and into Garfield County. It’s now at over 24,000 acres and seven percent contained. That’s why it’s smoky in the Yampa Valley. And it’s smoky along I-70 between Rifle and Grand Junction. The Pine Gulch Fire started from lightning on July 31. An Air Quality Health Advisory was issued over the weekend for the wildfire smoke.

The Routt County Fair is underway in Hayden. Events are limited this year and livestock shows are for families only. The 4H and FFA kids received a virtual message from the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenberg.

Grand Champion for Market Beef is Tessa Booco. She is with the Ranch House 4-H Club and will be a sophomore at Hayden High School. Her winning steer was Jethro.  Reserve Champion is Olivia Rossi.

For the chickens and turkeys, Maizey Briguel won Grand Champion in Intermediate Poultry Showmanship with her chicken, Nellie, who is the most calm of all of her chickens.

Maizey is going into 8th grade in Steamboat Springs.

Justin Heid was Grand Champion in the senior division.

Jack George was the Junior Poultry winner.

In Showmanship for the Rabbits, Hailey Minnick won for seniors, Teagan Herald for intermediates, and Tirzah Herald for Juniors.

The goats and sheep will be shown today and the swine is tomorrow. The Routt County Junior Livestock Sale is virtual this year. It opens at 8 a.m. Thursday and closes Saturday evening. The link to bid on the animals from the fair is on our Facebook page and website.

The Moffat County Fair has wrapped up for 2020. On Friday, Dustin McLaughlin took home the Grand Champion Market Hog title with a swine named Doc Holliday.

Dustin will start his senior year at Hayden High School this month.

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