Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
The Steamboat Springs School District had hoped to be able to get elementary school students back in school this month. The school board has decided to hold off. There are already three groups of students and teachers in quarantine at both Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary Schools. Routt County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington told the board that Routt County could get its highest spike of COVID cases in the next few weeks, because of get-togethers over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The school board will revisit the issue at their next meeting on Jan. 25. Dr. Brian Harrington also told the board that teachers in Routt County will hopefully start being able to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of February.
Routt County’s COVID-19 case count went up by 29 cases in one day Tuesday, to 1,209. That’s 125 cases in Routt County in the past week, with 186 positive cases in two weeks.
Moffat County’s case count only went up by two cases yesterday, for a total of 692 confirmed cases of COVID.
Two new county commissioners have been sworn in in neighboring Moffat County. They are Tony Bohrer and Melody Villard. Judge Brittany Schneider did the honors, with masks on, for both of the new commissioners in front of their families, and an audience via Zoom and YouTube.
The new Moffat County Commissioners join Don Broom on the board.
In Grand County, the sheriff there says they are seeing an increase in property crimes like vehicle theft, vehicle break-ins, and stolen vehicle parts across the county. They ask that you keep your houses and vehicles locked and report any suspicious behavior.
The United States Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, have issued a joint statement about the upcoming inauguration week in Washington D.C. It’s in response to warnings of protests in all 50 states. The statement says they are working with state and local authorities to make sure any demonstrations in Colorado are peaceful. If not, they will investigate and aggressively prosecute those who violate federal law. They ask that you report anything suspicious to the FBI’s Tip Line. Call 303-629-7171, or go on-line at https://www.fbi.gov/tips
Jim Stimson has passed away. You would recognize his voice on the air.
He worked for KBCR and KRAI for many years. Stimson also did the High Country Roads Report and those “Cookin’ Chevrolet” commercials. And he worked with Heeling Friends. Our condolences to the Stimson family.
From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.