Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens
State campgrounds in Routt County open up Tuesday. Routt County Commissioners have amended the Public Health Order that limits short term rentals and hotels through June 1 to allow camping at state facilities. Here’s Commissioners Tim Corrigan and Beth Melton.
Kris Middledorf with Colorado Parks & Wildlife says it’s important to get the parks and state wildlife areas back open.
Campers will be encouraged to do single-family camping and not camp in groups. Those visiting Routt County are also being asked to not get gas, or do their grocery shopping here, but rather in the county from which they originate so as not to tax the local resources and to avoid possibly bringing the COVID-19 virus from another county into Routt County.
Also, the campgrounds at Steamboat Lake are already all reserved for the Memorial Day Weekend, but all other facilities there are closed until at least June 1. That includes the marina, the docks, and the cabins.
Emergency medical equipment for COVID-19 hospital overflow is being removed at back-up facilities in the community. Five hospital beds are being removed from the community center. The rest of the beds that are at Howelsen Ice Arena will be removed this week, according to Mo Demorat, who heads up the Routt County Office of Emergency Management.
DeMorat says the beds will be stored at the old dispatch center or at a storage facility by the airport in Hayden.
County Commissioners will discuss on Friday, when the old Routt County Courthouse can re-open. Here’s Commissioner Tim Corrigan.
Ray DuBois is the county’s Public Works Director. He suggests the most necessary employees come back a few days before the courthouse opens to the public. They’ll need to get used to wearing masks all day, and they’ll need to be familiar with how the flow will go with people visiting the building again.
County officials will finalize their proposal on how to make it work on Friday.
Rockfall mitigation starts today in Mount Harris Canyon on Hwy 40. That’s near the airport in Hayden. The draped wire mesh has to be repaired after recent rockfalls. Some reinforcing bars will also be put in to stabilize the rock. Expect 20-minute delays. The work will be done Monday through Friday, except during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It should be finished by the week of June 8.
The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 4:30 p.m. today. It’s via Zoom and that link is on the district website.
The Steamboat Community Blood Drive is this Thursday afternoon, May 21. It’s at the Steamboat Community Center. Sign up for an appointment through Vitalant.org. There is an increase in the need for blood by hospitals right now, as restrictions for elective surgeries are being lifted around the country.