News for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

LiftUp of Routt County is auctioning off an old gondola car from Steamboat Resort. It’s car #98, and if you win it, you have to move it. The online auction started at midnight, and the bidding started at $5,000. Bidding closes at midnight tomorrow, on Thursday. The link to bid is:

Work is being done on the Mad Creek Trail in Routt National Forest. There may be some heavy machinery which will manage the forest vegetation, reduce fuels, do forest thinning, and get rid of some old, dead trees. It will help improve the deer and elk winter range. Work on the Mad Creek Trail will continue through the end of October.

A group of kids in Hayden spoke to Hayden Town Council and the School Board. They want the gym and auditorium at the old middle school and high school saved. A new school is being built. Under the terms of the grant, the old middle school and high school have to be demolished unless another public entity purchases and operates the building. Nine kids spoke to council and the school board. An engineering study is being done and costs to operate the facility are being analyzed. It may have to be put to a vote as a tax issue in November of next year.

The fire southwest of Meeker is still at just under 2,600 acres (2,578). It’s the Hunt Fire that started from lightning on Sept. 5, in Rio Blanco County. The cloudy and cool weather last night, with some showers helped firefighters. There are some isolated historic cabins in the area, with dispersed oil and gas facilities. About 105 people are fighting the fire.

The 5th and 6th grade Passport Program with Colorado Ski County USA is ready for kids to sign up. Fifth graders get three free days of skiing or snowboarding at any of the 22 Colorado Ski Country USA areas, including Steamboat and Howelsen Hill. Sixth graders get 88 days for $110, if the pass is purchased before the end of January. Kids can register at

Steamboat Ski Resort has hired a new Director of Sustainability and Community Engagement. Sarah Jones will be responsible for developing and driving the resort’s sustainability practices through programming, education, and community outreach. Jones starts on Sept. 30.

The Routt County 4-H shotgun team took first place in skeet shooting at the recent state competition in Colorado Springs. It’s the first time a team from Routt County has taken first place. Jayden Kemry also took first place in sporting clays.

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