News for Thursday, May 2, 2019

Steamboat Radio News with Shannon Lukens

Inmates in the Routt County Jail can now have access to counseling for drug addiction. Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed to the new therapy program at their meeting Tuesday. Part of it is funded by a state-awarded grant for $19,000. Craig Thornhill is a licensed addiction counselor who will run the program. Each inmate will be screened for substance abuse and mental health within 48 hours of being booked in the local jail. Those suffering from addiction can enroll in the therapy, and get medication-assisted treatments that the jail already provides.


Some new leash law rules are in effect for the summer. Keep your dogs on a leash during school hours on Butcherknife Trail, until school gets out June 9. The other change is at Whistler Park. Dogs have to be on leash in the southeast area of the park, which includes the sports fields and playground. But the west portion of the dog area is now off-leash for the summer. All off-leash areas in Steamboat are clearly marked. Also, dog waste removal and disposal is required by law.


The four Steamboat Springs area water districts are not implementing any mandatory Stage 2 water restrictions right now. Frank Alfone with Mount Werner Water District says he is cautiously optimistic about our current levels of water reserves, based on the current conditions and the forecasts. Right now, the snowpack in the Yampa and White River Basins is at 107 percent of average. But compared to last year, it’s at 147 percent.


The next school district forum is today. The Steamboat Springs School Board is making a decision on May 20 to decide what type of new school facility to build, and where, and how the funding should be addressed on the ballot issue. It’s at 11:30 today at the Library.


The Hayden Town Council has received a formal request to allow retail marijuana sales, near Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The issue will be discussed at next Tuesday night’s town council meeting.


Yampatika is celebrating spring with a festival this Saturday. It’s free, for everyone in the family, and it is held in conjunction with World Migratory Bird Day. The Springs Festival is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Legacy Ranch. Parking and free shuttles will be available at 925 Weiss Drive.


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