News for Monday, May 11, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Five pigs and two sheep died in a structure fire Saturday night. It happened at Legacy Ranch off Highway 40, headed towards Rabbit Ears Pass from town. The animals were part of the 4-H program to be shown at the Routt County Fair. The fire was contained to the one building on the ranch, which was homesteaded in 1899 and is now leased by Yampatika. The fire marshal will return to the scene today to try to figure out what caused the fire.

There was also a grass and sage fire off County Road 19 near Dunkley Pass over the weekend. That’s west of Yampa. Three crews were able to get that fire out. They were from the Yampa Fire, Steamboat Springs Fire, and Oak Creek Fire departments.

The Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests are still muddy. Forest Service officials say Routt National Forest is open but be aware of spring conditions and limited access to roads and trails, which should get better before Memorial Day. There are very few camping sites that are accessible.

More than 40 stray cats have been rescued from a Routt County property. They’re up for adoption at the humane society. The cats are getting vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Nineteen are kittens. The humane society needs to get the cats to homes so there is a “Name Your Price” adoption special for all barn cats that are six months or older.

Haymaker Golf Course will kick off its 23rd season on Thursday. Walking only; no carts. You have to bring your own clubs. Daily tee times are available to Routt and Moffat County residents only. Reservations at Haymaker must be made in advance. The driving range and putting greens won’t open until May 21.

The YES Golf Tournament has been canceled for this year. The Steamboat Springs Young Professional Network organizes the event which raises money for local graduating seniors. Instead, a GoFundMe page has been set up. Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/youth-education-scholarship-fund

A ranch near Meeker has a new owner. New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg bought the 4,600-acre property for $45 million. It has a helipad, a circular swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course, and a 19,000 square foot main house. It’s known as the Westlands in the White River Valley near Meeker.

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