News for Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

No fireworks this year. The City of Steamboat Springs has canceled the Fourth of July Fireworks and Laser Show for this year. It’s because of the uncertainty across the state, and locally, about public gatherings because of the COVID-19 virus. The Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year, which would bring extra visitors to Steamboat. The city is concerned about community safety, and police, fire, and emergency medical services. Another fear is the potential of wildfires from the fireworks.

Some good news from the Routt County COVID-19 Joint Information Center this morning. There has not been a new case of the COVID-19 virus since May 4, last Monday. That’s more than a week ago. 1,380 tests have been administered in the county with 64 positive cases.

Routt County also has some antibody tests authorized by the FDA. Some offices are offering the antibody test. Steamboat Emergency Center has obtained 1,000 test kits as well. UCHealth is working to obtain a test with higher sensitivity and accuracy before offering it to patients.

The Routt County Commissioners and Board of Health are meeting at 10:30 this morning. Live audio will be available by calling 1-669-900-6833.

A Craig man is back in jail, after being arrested in Wyoming. 48-year-old Frederick Charles Battle was arrested in Rock Springs on a warrant issued out of Colorado. Battle was arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle pursuit through Moffat County April 24. That’s the car chase where the car crashed near Bryan Way and 9th Street. The car had been stolen out of Routt County. Battle was out on bond when the accident happened. He was out of jail after being found guilty by a jury in late February on multiple charges from an arrest the year before. That’s when Craig police found a large amount of cash, drugs, and guns on Battle. Now he faces multiple charges again in Moffat County.

Photo courtesy USDA Forest Service

Part of the Routt National Forest will be closed Friday through June 15, for elk calving. It’s about 355 acres which two miles northeast of Steamboat on Buffalo Pass. It includes three trails that will be closed. They are BTR, Flash of Gold, and Great White Buffalo. This is an area where elk find food and security during their spring calving season, without being disturbed by humans.

Governor Polis says camping can resume in Colorado with proper social distancing. The governor asks that campers get any necessary items that they need for camping in the counties where they live, so as to limit exposure to other counties and areas. Campgrounds that are now open are Elkhead Reservoir State Park outside of Craig, and the state parks in Fruita. Opening dates haven’t yet been announced for campgrounds at Pearl Lake, Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, and Yampa River State Park.

The boat ramp and marina at Wolford Mountain Reservoir opens this Friday. That’s the reservoir just north of Kremmling. All boats have to be inspected before getting in the water. The day use and picnic pavilion is open. Then next Friday, May 22, the Wolford Campground will open for campers. Social distancing rules must be followed for all activities. Campground reservations can be made at any time through

Congratulations to the Steamboat Pilot & Today for winning 31 awards and the General Excellence Award in Class 6, from the Colorado Press Association.

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