News for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Xcel Energy has announced the closing date of the Hayden Station Power Plant is being moved up. Unit 2 closes by the end of 2027, and Unit 1 the following year. It’s in an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 80% in 2030. Xcel says the 75 employees will be managed with attrition, retirement, or they will be retrained.

24 unemployment fraud claims have been filed in Routt County. County Attorney Erick Knaus says county officials are investigating how it may have happened, or if there has been a data breach at the county.

Knaus added that he spoke to the Department of Labor and unemployment fraud is rampant nationally. The county discovered it was happening when an employee received a debit card with an unemployment payment that was wrongfully issued.

In Routt County, there are 1077 total positive COVID cases since March as of Monday evening with 120 cases in the past two weeks and 18 deaths from COVID, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Routt County is also now in the Orange Level.

Moffat County Public Health is reporting 654 confirmed cases with 21 active, and 22 COVID deaths. Moffat County was also told Monday afternoon that they can remain in the Orange Level.

Routt County has a new county commissioner today. It’s swearing in day for the former Mayor of Hayden, Tim Redmond. He joins commissioners Tim Corrigan and Beth Melton.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger (lower left) finished his last meeting as a commissioner Monday, after serving in the position for 20 years. He joked that he might listen in anonymously on the Zoom meetings.

Monger added that, “It’s been a pleasure.” Commissioners are working on a celebration for former Commissioner Monger and the details are being finalized.

Colorado’s newest members of Congress have been sworn in. Democratic U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper begins a six-year term. He replaces Republican Cory Gardner.

Republican U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert of Rifle was elected to a two-year term, representing the 3rd Congressional District. Boebert replaces Republican incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez. Boebert is known for always carrying her Glock firearm. The Chief of Police in Washington DC tells the NBC affiliate there that Boebert has to leave her gun at home, and he “plans to reach out to the Congresswoman directly to explain the DC laws.”


Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 5 p.m. tonight. You can join via Zoom. Council will be discussing COVID, and contract negotiations with Triple Crown Sports. Zoom ID is 985 289 877.

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Boomer, the K9, courtesy Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Boomer, the K9 with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, has passed away from medical issues. Boomer was with the sheriff’s department from 2015 to 2020, working with Sgt. Ed Hendricks.

Winter Carnival will still happen in February, for the 108th year. But there won’t be any street events or Night Extravaganza. Fireworks will be able to be seen from people’s homes. The Soda Pop Slalom will still happen as will the snow sculptures. Winter Carnival is scheduled for Feb. 3-7.

From Routt County Public Health… If you live here or you’re visiting us here in Steamboat Springs, please wear your mask in all of our public places, businesses, and grocery stores. Help make COVID stop with you.


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