News for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

The lodging ban in Routt County will expire at the end of the month. That means visitors can stay in local hotels and motels. Routt County Commissioners agreed to let the ban run out on May 31, with approval from Routt County Public Health medical officer, Dr. Brian Harrington. However, the State’s Public Health Order will kick in at the end of the month. That says short-term lodging is allowed, except at “private short-term vacation rentals.” That means rentals for VRBOs and AirBnBs are still not allowed in Colorado or in Routt County.

There is a Routt County Board of Health meeting today at 11:30. Information on how to listen to the meeting is on our facebook page and at

Community testing for the COVID-19 virus is also today, and this Saturday. It’s at the rodeo grounds by the concession stand. Call the public health office to make an appointment. Public Health is 970-870-5577.

There is a fundraiser going on to help those Routt County 4-H kids who lost their animals in a fire at a Yampatika barn along Highway 40 earlier this month. Five pigs and two sheep died in the fire. They belonged to four kids ages 13 to 18 who were raising the livestock as part of the 4-H program. The animals were being raised, and then would be sold in August at the Routt County Fair. The fundraiser is being done through a GoFundMe page, to help the 4-H kids offset some of the costs they’ve already put into their projects. Link:

Annual paving and striping on the roads in Steamboat Springs is happening next month. Paving starts June 1 and runs through the middle of the month. Striping is June 22-25. Residents are asked to be patient. The paving program was reduced by half from the original amount because of anticipated revenue shortfalls in the city as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The City of Steamboat Springs maintains approximately 80 miles of streets, six miles of alleyways, 37 parking lots and 105 cul-de-sacs within city limits. That’s 1.34 million square yards of maintained pavement. The following streets or sections of streets are scheduled to be re-paved or receive a surface treatment:






2nd Street

Aspen Street (6th to 7th St)

Gondola Transit Center

Grand Street

Larimer Street

Mt. Werner Roundabout

Oak Street (3rd to 12th St)

Pine Street (2nd to 3rd St)

Ski Trail Lane



Parks & Recreation Office Building

In some snowboarding news, Burton Snowboards has decided to cancel the 2021 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. They would have been next March in Vail.

A-Basin is opening today for skiers and riders. Only 600 a day are allowed and they have to have a reservation to take some turns. When reservations opened, the system immediately crashed. So now, there will be a random drawing the day before, where names will be picked for hitting the slopes the following day.

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