News for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Steamboat Springs City Council is looking at three new taxes, which would help increase the public safety budget. Council is in favor of a 2% tax on marijuana, and a 2% tax on alcohol, as well as a 2-mill property tax. The proposed taxes would raise about $8 million dollars each year, which in turn would help add about 18 new firefighters and emergency medical responders, as well as a new fire station in downtown Steamboat. First reading of the ordinance is expected to come in July, which would be enough time for council to put any new tax proposals on the November ballot.

Routt County’s state legislators held a town hall in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Monday night. Republican Senator Bob Rankin and Democrat Representative Dylan Roberts talked about bills they’ve sponsored and passed in the 2019 legislative session. Those include House Bill 1030 which created the crime of unlawful electronic sexual communication. It came about from a court case in Moffat County, and a high school coach there. The two also sponsored House Bill 1207, which requires traction devices or adequate winter tires on I-70, from Dotsero to Morrison, from Sept. 1 through May 31. Rankin and Roberts also answered questions for about an hour. About 50 people showed up for the event.

The Great North Routt Chili Cookoff is this Saturday afternoon at the Hahns Peak Roadhouse in North Routt County. Chili dropoff is at noon. It costs $10 to enter. All proceeds go to the “Live like Sancy – Sancy Shaw Scholarship” and the North Routt Fireworks fund.

The Old Timer’s Reunion in Meeker is coming up June 1st. It’s put on by the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association and it is the 107th year for the event. The theme this year is “Grandma’s Kitchen.” It’s for people who have been in Rio Blanco County at least 30 years or who have gone to any of the schools there. Find out more at

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