News for Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

More people could be able to gather together in Routt County. A variance has been submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment by the local Public Health Department which includes Routt County Commissioners. The local request has two phases. The first is increasing event sizes to 100 people indoors and 175 outdoors starting July 9. The second is 175 people inside and 250 people outside starting July 30. The full variance request is on our Facebook page.

In a COVID-19 update, neighboring Grand County has two new cases of the virus since the weekend for 17 total now. Routt County has had 63 positive cases with only one still active after 3,030 tests administered. Moffat County doesn’t have any active cases, after eight have been confirmed from 870 tests administered.

The Routt County Board of Health and County Commissioners have a Board of Health Meeting today. It’s at 11:30, via Zoom link.  The discussion will be on any amendments or extensions to the current Routt County Public Health Order.

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County Commissioners have approved spending $440,000 to protect the Starbuck Ranch near the town of Yampa. It provides important habitat for big game, and supports fish and wildlife with the Bear River which runs through part of it. Commissioner Doug Monger says it will preserve prime agriculture and community land, and natural habitat.

The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is having their Be Great Bash fundraising campaign online. There is a match challenge of $125,000. Link to donate:

If you’re headed west, watch out for Mormon Crickets. They’re having a mass migration right now between Rangely and Meeker, and even into Dinosaur. Linda Masters is with the Rio Blanco County Extension Office.

Masters says the crickets are about two inches long and they move in mobs, especially when crossing the roads in neighboring Rio Blanco County. Call Linda at 970-985-8739 or email Linda at or Jane Turnburke at the Weed Dept. at

Wyatt, the sled dog, is still missing from the Routt County Humane Society. Wyatt loves to run and that’s what he’s doing, after getting away from his foster home on Sunday. Wyatt’s picture is on our Facebook page and website. Call dispatch if you see the missing dog.

Best of luck in retirement to Tami Havener. She has been the longtime director of Discovery Learning Center, devoting a 40-year career to early childhood education. Havener retired at the end of May.

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