News for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Cleanup continues in Steamboat Springs from Tuesday’s big wind storm that knocked down trees throughout the Yampa Valley. The wind was measured at 114 miles per hour at the top of Christie Peak Express. Windows were broken out in the gondola building on the mountain. One full window panel was completely shattered at Thunderhead Red’s bar and windows around it were also broken. A lot of trees are down all over the ski area. Crews are assessing the damage and cleaning up.

The Middle Fork Fire is now a Type III fire with about 40 personnel assigned to it in Routt National Forest. The fire behavior has been minimal because of the cool, wet weather but it is expected to pick up again, as the weather warms up. A forest closure in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness is in place. It includes ten miles of the Continental Divide Trail.

Routt County Public Health is reporting 137 cases of COVID-19 total in the community. The three latest cases were students from Steamboat Mountain School. The boarding students didn’t count as cases here since they were from outside of Routt County. But now the state is changing how those cases are counted. Students who live in a community will be counted for that community. Here’s Public Health Director Roberta Smith.

Another positive case last week was a man from Texas who was tested in Routt County. The county has a low spread range. Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says that’s good.

Harrington says there could be changes because of the busy Labor Day weekend and school has started. Commissioner Beth Melton is meeting with the Public Health Director today to continue working on advancing to the Protect Our Neighbors phase.

29 cyclists are rolling into town today. They’re with the Border to Border bike ride for Shield 616. The group provides rifle rated protective gear to police officers and first responders. Here’s Jake Skifstad, who is the founder of the event.

The group is riding from the border of Wyoming down to New Mexico. They’ll make the gear presentation to Steamboat Springs Police at 5:30 today.

A new poster has been created to remind residents to wear a mask. Local artist Jill Bergman made the poster of a cowgirl with braids, standing in front of the slopes of Steamboat, while wearing a mask. She’ll be making four more posters with each one highlighting one of the Five Commitments of Containment during COVID-19. It’s a combined effort with Steamboat Creates, Routt County, and the City of Steamboat Springs.

CHSAA says no despite Governor Polis saying, “Maybe.” The governor suggested that maybe football COULD happen this fall, instead of waiting until spring. The Board of Directors for the Colorado High School Activities Association said no, they’re sticking with the plan. Football players start practice Feb. 22 with the first game March 4.

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