News for Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Big snowflakes blanketed the Yampa Valley Sunday and also fell on the Middle Fork Fire. Jesse McCarty is the Public Information Officer with the Middle Fork Fire. He says the snow will help the firefighters with their suppression efforts.

McCarty says it will be dry again next week and temperatures will warm up which will keep the firefighters diligent in their efforts with the Middle Fork Fire. The number of acres burned at last measurement is 17,832. There are no evacuations for Routt County but some pre-evacuations have been issued for Jackson County, but only for hunters and ranchers with cattle who are in the area. 113 people are now assigned to the Middle Fork Fire with five helicopters, two single-engine airtankers, and a fixed-wing air attack to help coordinate the aerial operations.


Routt County has been approved to move up to Level One – Safer at Home. That means Routt County has had a low amount of new COVID-19 cases, low percent of positivity under 5 percent, and declining hospitalizations. Gathering sizes can now move up from 10 to 25. Outdoor events can be up to 250 people. Indoor events increase to 175. Group sports and camps increase to 50. If our numbers change, Routt County could go back to the more restrictive level. Public Health also wants to remind everyone that masks are still required.

The new Steamboat Orthopaedic and Spine Institute is seeing patients in their new building which is the old Sports Authority building in Wildhorse Plaza. Ten surgeons and eight anesthesiologists are on staff. One of the surgeons who is a partner with the surgery center is Dr. Andreas Sauerbrey.

The new surgery center specializes in orthopedics and spine, available to patients throughout Northwest Colorado. Certifications for all levels of surgeries and insurance platforms are expected to be complete in November.

Fresh mulch is available to Routt County residents starting today. It’s from all of the downed trees and tree limbs that fell during the big windstorm last month. Staff from the City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Rec department did all of the work and the freshly chipped mulch is ready to go. It’s in the northwest corner of the Howelsen Rodeo Grounds.

The Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education meets at 4:30 p.m. today. Reports include a construction update, a COVID-19 update, budget and enrollment, and a an update from the Repair, Restore, and Rebuild Subcommittee. You can watch the meeting via ZOOM.

Maddy Schaffrick has been named the interim Director of Snowboarding for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. It’s for the upcoming season after the resignation of Tori Billings. Schaffrick is from Steamboat and is a seven-year member of the U.S. Halfpipe Team.

In local football Friday night, it wasn’t a good kickoff to the season for our local high school teams. Moffat County lost to Meeker, Hayden lost to Mancos, and Soroco lost to Sanford.


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