News for Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

The air has not been good because of the wildfires in neighboring counties. People have seen lots of smoke and ashes here in the Yampa Valley. Here’s Routt County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington

Dr. Harrington says to avoid cardiovascular activities outside. People with pre-existing conditions need to be careful. Be aware of long-term exposure over multiple days. And masks that are well-sealed will help. You can check the air quality for Routt County at

Jonathan Perez Mug Shot

Felony charges have been dropped against a Steamboat Springs man, after he allegedly posted a video to social media in March, threatening to hurt people by infecting them with the coronavirus. 24-year-old Jonathan Perez made direct threats of infection to vulnerable populations of the community, according to Steamboat Police. In court Wednesday, the charges related to the video on Facebook were dropped on the condition that Perez comply with probation officers to receive a mental health assessment and treatment. Perez was already on probation when this happened. Here’s District Attorney Matt Karzen.

Perez is on probation through December of 2021.

Routt County Board of Public Health met with County Commissioners Wednesday. The report from health officials is that Routt County numbers aren’t low, but they aren’t high either. Interim Public Health Director Roberta Smith says no matter what the numbers are, we need to keep wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing.

Smith and Dr. Harrington are encouraged that we’ve almost made it through the tourist season. They say the community is doing a good job but we need to still consciously reduce our social interactions as we move into fall and winter.

Commissioner Doug Monger says that’s what he’s been doing.

The online auction for the Junior Livestock from the Routt County Fair starts today. Todd Hagenbuch is the Extension Director for Routt County.

Bidding is open this morning and runs through Saturday evening. The link is on our website, and the website for the Routt County Fair.

The Run Rabbit Run ultra-marathon running race has been canceled for next month. It would have been the 9th year for the 100-mile run and the 14th year for the 50-mile race throughout Routt County. Race organizers say the EMT and medical provider for the event has declined to service the event, so it means they can’t have it. Anyone who signed up for Run Rabbit Run may roll over their entry to next year, or 2022.

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