News for Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

The mayor of Hayden has announced he is running for Routt County Commissioner in the 2020 election. Tim Redmond announced his campaign last week, in front of the Hayden Town Hall. Redmond will run for the District 2 seat, which is currently held by Commissioner Doug Monger.

Numbers are in for the local real estate market. The average price for all properties in 2019 went from $522,000 to nearly $651,000. The average sale price for a single-family home is $1.3 million. Half of the buyers in Steamboat are from out of town.

The Police Chief of Kremmling is facing 15 charges that have to do with allegations that he mishandled in animal abuse case in October. The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office is charging Jamie Lucas with four counts each of first degree official misconduct, second degree official misconduct and official oppression, and three counts of false reporting to authorities. The town of Kremmling placed Lucas on paid administrative leave on Dec. 20. Lucas says he is being targeted by the DA.

Linda Petet, at the temporary shoe sale location in Hayden.

Work continues on the buildings affected by a fire in early December, in the roof of the Steamboat Smokehouse. That’s between 9th and 10th on Lincoln Ave. The fire inside the ceiling caused smoke and soot damage to the restaurant, and also to the VFW building next door, and the Steamboat Shoe Market on the other side. Linda Petet owns the shoe store with her husband. 

Petet says the last two months have been a huge amount of work, with over 5,000 pair of shoes affected with smoke damage. She has set up a temporary spot to sell the smoky shoes at reduced prices in downtown Hayden through the end of the month.

Steamboat businesses were well represented at the annual Outdoor & Snow Trade show in Denver. At least nine Steamboat businesses attended, with buyers from about just as many stores. Twelve students from Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat also went as part of a “Work Experience” course. Overall, nearly 20,000 people attended the trade show from 1,000 snow sports and outdoor brands in more than 332,000 square feet of exhibit hall space.

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