Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
Photo courtesy City of Steamboat Springs.
A snowplow with Colorado Department of Transportation caught on fire Tuesday morning, near the Combined Law Enforcement Center in west Steamboat. When a police officer went up to the plow truck to check on the driver, a tire on the truck exploded. It was so bad that it shook the windows in the buildings nearby. The officer was injured and taken to the hospital, but was released.
Tim Redmond has been sworn in as the new Routt County Commissioner for the next four years.
Judge Garrecht did the honors Tuesday. Redmond has served on the Hayden Town Council or as Mayor of Hayden since 2009. He is the first African American to serve as Routt County Commissioner.
Routt County Public Health is asking everyone to be patient about getting vaccinated for COVID-19. UCHealth is receiving vaccinations for people over 70 years old. The county is getting about 200 Moderna vaccines a week. Robin Schepper is the county’s Public Information Officer.
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In Routt County, there are 1084 total positive COVID cases since March as of Tuesday evening with 120 cases in the past two weeks and 18 deaths from COVID, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
We told you yesterday about 24 fraudulent unemployment claims in Routt County. The City of Steamboat Springs has a problem, too. Steamboat Police took in 12 reports Tuesday morning about fake unemployment claims where “scammers try to take advantage during the pandemic.” That’s the word from Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen who says he was one of the employees targeted. If you think it has happened to you, report it to the Colorado Department of Labor and credit bureaus about the fraud alert. The city is asking that HR departments across the Yampa Valley be on guard for suspicious claims especially around unemployment benefits.
Parking and overcrowding on Buffalo Pass in Routt National Forest is being addressed by the U.S. Forest Service. Everyone who uses Buff Pass must get a free Buffalo Pass Winter Permit. It’s in the kiosk up there, and you have to carry it with you. Motorized vehicles have to stay on designated routes as identified on the winter recreation map, and they can’t go in Wilderness areas. Snow machines have to be registered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Steamboat Chamber has more details. Look for the Buffalo Pass Know Before You Go tab. And, no overnight camping in the parking lot.
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.