News for Thursday, May 21, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

The Routt County Board of Public Health met Wednesday with Routt County Commissioners. There has only been one positive case of COVID-19 since April 30, and that was an employee at Casey’s Pond. Public Health has set up a 12-person Strike Team to help with Contact Tracing. They’re available seven days a week to help people figure out who they’ve been in contact with, if they were to become positive for the COVID-19 virus.

In Routt County right now, there is a capacity to test between 150-250 people per day through Public Health, the UCHealth testing site, and private clinics. The drive-thru community testing isn’t happening over the Memorial Day weekend, but will resume May 27 and 30. It’s at the concession stand at the rodeo grounds at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat. You must make an appointment in advance through Routt County Public Health.

The Steamboat Community Blood Drive is today. It’s at the Steamboat Community Center this afternoon. Walk ups are welcome as space permits, if you haven’t signed up in advance. There is an increase in the need for blood by hospitals right now, as restrictions for elective surgeries are being lifted around the country.

The Steamboat Springs Farmers Market is set to start June 6. Lisa Popovich heads up the market for Main Street Steamboat. She says this year’s market will have food booths only.

Seventy food vendors are signed up for the Farmers Market this summer. Popovich says there will be an extra amount of starter plants at that first market, for people’s gardens. Traffic will be one-way down the rows. No dogs will be allowed. Masks will be required, of which there will also be many for sale.

High School graduation for the Class of 2020 at Steamboat Springs High School is turning into quite the production. In fact, it’s a big video show, from KPA Productions, working hard to pull together every element of a graduation ceremony. Vice Principal Dennis Alt says he and the other assistant principal Luke DeWolfe had students show up, seven at a time, last week, to do the ceremonial walk across the stage for the cameras.

You’ll be able to watch the online ceremony on the Steamboat Radio Youtube page, and listen to it on Easy 94-1 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. You’ll also see a big banner of the graduates on Lincoln Ave., and yard signs of each graduate are proudly displayed on Lincoln Ave. in front of Yampa Valley Bank.

Moffat County Seniors graduate this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown Craig followed by a drive-thru in the high school parking lot.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart has submitted his resignation. He suffered a head injury last September and has been trying to recover, but has since decided that recovery will be long-term. Stewart has been with the Steamboat Springs Fire District since 1997 and has been fire chief since early in 2012.

Tornado, the wandering llama, is still missing. Now, there’s a $500 reward. The white llama went missing between Old Town Steamboat and the middle school over a week ago. The owners would like to help if you find Tornado. Call Scott if you see him so they can help bring him in at 720-351-0398.


There’s at least one new baby moose in town. You can see its first steps on the Steamboat Radio Facebook page. Video from Billy Gunn. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is putting up warning signs of Moose in the Area, at different spots. They want to remind everyone to be careful when out on trails, especially if you’re with your dog. 

So blessed to live in a area where you can witness Mother Nature’s finest. A calf’s first step.

Posted by Billy Gunn on Tuesday, May 19, 2020


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