News for Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Routt County is reporting that a group of international travelers from Australia, who stayed in Steamboat Springs March 10-12, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They visited local establishments and had contact with numerous people. The Routt County website says, “We now assume that community-level transmission of COVID-19 is now occurring in Routt County and proper precautions should remain at the forefront. It is vital that every member and organization in our community practice disease prevention measures.” That includes: 

  • Follow public health directives to limit contact with others.
  • Self-monitor for illness.
  • Sick people should stay at home.  If your symptoms warrant medical attention, call your provider or a nurse help-line to make a decision whether you should go to a medical facility.  Staying home may saves lives. Social distancing protects the most vulnerable within Routt County.
  • Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other symptoms. Isolate yourself for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and if you continue to have fever, continue to stay at home for 72 hours following your last fever, without the use of over the counter medication.
  • Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care.  Please tell the operator if you have any acute respiratory illness or have known contact with a positive COVID-19 case. 

Routt County has set up Level One Activation of our Emergency Operation Center. That’s the highest level of activation. Beth Melton is our Routt County Commissioner.

Routt County also has an Emergency Operations Manager and Public Health Director, who are working with a team that is trained on emergency response functions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

More with Beth Melton on the Steamboat Radio Facebook page: 

Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton

Routt County Commissioner Beth Ungerecht Melton addresses the county's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. w/Routt County Office of Emergency Management

Posted by Steamboat Radio on Tuesday, March 17, 2020


The State of Colorado has a new website with all of the current information and resources regarding the outbreak. The new website is

Yampa Valley Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund. It’s to help deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the Coronavirus outbreak, in both the Routt County and Moffat County communities. Donations can be made through the YVCF website at  Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak.

LiftUp of Routt County is another local group being hit hard as their thrift store has closed. Liftup is anticipating a loss of $24,000 in revenue to support their Food Banks, Assistance Programs, and Operations. Local realtor Jon Wade has started an online food drive. They’ll match up to $5,000 donated to Lift Up.

The monetary donations are tax deductible and can be made to LiftUp through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation website. That link is

More with Jon Wade: 

Local Real Estate Market with Jon Wade

Local real estate agent Jon Wade with The Steamboat Group discusses the real estate market in Steamboat Springs during the Coronavirus quarantine. Listen to Easy 94.1 FM during the noon hour on Wednesday for more.

Posted by Steamboat Radio on Tuesday, March 17, 2020


The Steamboat School District will provide free brown bag lunches and next day breakfasts to students, as of today. The meals will be distributed at 12 sites across the area, available Mondays through Fridays. Look for the white school bus. Families should look for the white school district bus and can pick up the meals according to the following schedule:

#1 distribution sites on the west side of town:

• 11 to 11:20 a.m., Anchor Way Church parking lot, 40650 Anchor Way
• 11:25 to 11:45 a.m., Heritage Park, U.S. Highway 40 and Brandon Circle
• 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park, 29035 U.S. Highway 40
• 12:15 to 12:35 p.m., White Haven Mobile Home Park, 29935 U.S. Highway 40

#2 distribution sites in the west/central area of town:

• 11 to 11:20 a.m., Dream Island, 1315 Dream Island Plaza
• 11:25 to 11:45 a.m., The Reserves of Steamboat Springs, 2000 Elk River Road
• 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., West Acres Mobile Home Park, 2900 West Acres Drive
• 11 a.m. to noon, Steamboat Springs High School athletic entrance, 45 E. Maple St.

#3 distribution sites in the mountain area:

• 11 to 11:20 a.m., Shadow Run Condominiums, 2900 Whistler Road
• 11:25 to 11:45 a.m., Mountain Village Apartments, 1101 Mountain Village Circle
• 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Fish Creek Mobile Home Park, 75 Anglers Drive

CHSAA has extended the moratorium on spring sports and activities now through April 18. The decision was made by the Colorado High School Activities Association after the most recent recommendation from state and federal health officials. CHSAA is encouraging schools to set strict standards on student gatherings outside the high school. All music events and tournaments are canceled. This is for all Colorado high schools, including Steamboat Springs, Soroco, Hayden, and Moffat County.

The 14th Judicial District and county courts in Moffat and Routt County are now closed to public access as a precaution against the spread of the virus.

In other news…

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports has hired a new executive director. It’s Gardner Flanigan. Gardner is a longtime resident of Steamboat. He brings over 20 years of leadership experience to the STARS organization.

January sales tax for this year is up 6.52 percent from January of last year. That’s an increase of $187,408. For the last five years, January collections have represented about 10 percent of annual collections in the City of Steamboat Springs.

Renovations of the 31 Dream Island apartments are almost finished. It’s a residential complex with 300-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments. Renters will start moving in next week.

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