News for Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

The Yampa River is rushing through Steamboat Springs. It’s flowing higher than it did at any time last year. Steamboat Fire Chief Mel Stewart says the Yampa is at or near its peak for the year. He says to not be on the river unless you are a professional, or with a professional. Also, the water is a lot colder, at around 40 to 47 degrees. Wear a personal flotation device if you are on or near the water and never go out by yourself. Be prepared for weather extremes. Don’t drink alcohol if you’re on or near the river. And watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge. 

 Staying safe on the river

  • Always wear a personal flotation device on or near the water.
  • Never boat, paddleboard, tube or swim by yourself.
  • Tell someone where you plan to put in and where and when you plan to take out of the river.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you plan to get on or near the river.
  • Be prepared for weather extremes.
  • Watch out for your dog and use caution along the river’s edge.
  • Carry and know how to use a first aid kit.
  • If you lose your water craft, let first responders know you’re okay by calling Routt County Communication’s non-emergency number at 970-879-1144 with the location and description of your boat. First responders want to know that you’re okay and that there’s no need for emergency services to respond.

Source: City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County Search and Rescue


The U.S. Forest Service plans to release another round of proposed trail alignments in the Mad Rabbit trails project. They want public feedback on the “pre-project proposal.” Land managers want another round of comments from trail users and those impacted by trail development on the proposed trails between Mad Creek, Rocky Peak, and Rabbit Ears Pass. The plans should be released within the next few weeks.

Salt & Lime is reopening Friday, after being closed for a fire back in April. The downtown Steamboat restaurant is thanking Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. Money raised for the next week will go to benefit Routt County Crisis Support.

Whittle the Wood starts tomorrow. It’s the 20th year for the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Craig. Twelve carvers are competing from across the country for cash prizes. Competitive carving is every day at Loudy-Simpson Park with winners announced Saturday afternoon, which is followed by a concert with Leftover Salmon. Find out more at

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