News for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Jake Hedrick missed another online court appearance Tuesday. He’s the 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man who was issued a citation for allegedly spray painting red hearts all over Steamboat. Two bench warrants were issued for Hedrick last week when he missed a probation hearing and a third is expected to be released today.

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden is reporting three more positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of five in the past two days. Two men in their 80s who live at The Haven have tested positive. Three staff are positive. That’s a woman in her 30s from Routt County. And then two Moffat County residents… A man in his 70s and a woman in her 20s. That brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 98 in Routt County. Public Health in Moffat County is reporting 23 confirmed cases. Because of the new cases at The Haven, Routt County will be filing an outbreak status notification with the state.

Routt County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health, will vote today whether to extend the public health ordinance, which would include the wearing of masks in Routt County, since the state’s order runs out Aug. 16. You may listen to the meeting via Zoom. It starts at 10 a.m. Public comment is at 11:30 a.m. More information is below, but here is the link to join:   Password: 522

On Tuesday, commissioners had an update on the Routt County economy. One concern is that unemployment assistance payments ended Saturday. That’s about $600 dollars a week for most, with a total of $817,800 dollars a week coming to Routt County residents. Jessica Valand is the Director of Workforce Development. She says in June, there were fewer than 500 jobs posted in Routt County compared to a little over 2,000 people receiving unemployment insurance.

Valand says the jobs that are most available are in accommodations, food services, and retail.

Kim Keith is the Routt County Director of Human Services. She said with unemployment payments running out, she expects to see an increase in requests for food and cash assistance and benefits.

Keith says she’s on the board of LiftUp and they’re preparing to possibly see another wave of need of assistance as well.

Finally, John Bristol is the Director of Economic Development for the Chamber. He says it is important to be prepared with diversity across industry sectors, and to have business retention.

Bristol also says business expansion is important as is attracting new businesses, some of which could be location neutral.

There are three survey requests today, and you can find the links on our website and Steamboat Radio Facebook page.

First, a new roundabout is being considered for Mt. Werner Road and Steamboat Blvd. The project would cost at least $4 million dollars. Construction would start next year. The City of Steamboat Springs would like your opinion on the proposed roundabout.

The Steamboat Springs School District is doing a survey about students in the district returning to school. They’d like the opinion of school district families. 

Finally, Routt County residents and visitors are being asked their opinion on economic security, COVID-19 prevention strategies and community health. This one is for residents, long-term visitors, second-home owners, and students.

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