News for Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

The Middle Fork Fire and smoke from the West Coast fires brought smoky skies to the Yampa Valley Tuesday. The air quality measurement at the Routt County Courthouse reached the 150 to 200 range, which means, "Everyone may begin to experience health effects if they are exposed for 24 hours; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects." Smoky days will continue until those fires are out. Check the air quality in Routt County and anywhere in the United States at

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File Photo of downtown Steamboat Springs

Sales tax collections for July of this year were down 4.92% less than July of 2019. That’s a decrease of close to $122,000 for the City of Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County has been granted a Protect Our Neighbor Certification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Moffat County is still required to operate under the mask order from Governor Jared Polis, despite the new status.

Routt County Public Health is expanding testing for COVID-19, and it will be done in the parking lot of the old Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat. Testing is for those with symptoms, and those without, and for anyone who has been in contact with others who have tested positive. Testing is for two hours, during different times of the day, on Mondays through Thursdays. Friday or Saturday clinics will be available as needed. Make an appointment by calling 970-870-5577. There is also an online option on our website. Today’s scheduled testing at the rodeo grounds will still be happening, but after today, it moves to the courthouse.

Steamboat Resort officials will soon announce plans for season pass holders this winter. Alterra Mountain Company owns Steamboat Resort, and says visitation levels  will be controlled this year at their 15 year-round destinations. Each resort is working with local county and state regulations. No daily lift tickets will be sold. Those with season passes will be prioritized. Listeners have been asking if that is Ikon pass holders or Steamboat-only pass holders. Officials at the mountain tell Steamboat Radio, “We’ll make a Steamboat-specific announcement later this week.”

Photo courtesy RMNP.

The body of a man from New York has been recovered in Rocky Mountain National Park. 24-year-old Steven Grunwald was reported missing and the search began. Sky Hi News reports that it’s believed he was trying to cross the Glacier Gorge Traverse in late August. That’s a 19- mile-route over 11 peak summits with Class 5 climbing and difficult terrain. An autopsy is being done.

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is open again after four to five feet of snow fell in last week’s storm. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuously paved road in the United States.

For sale: The Redstone Castle. It’s just outside of Carbondale, known as the “Ruby of the Rockies.” Listing price for the historic Redstone Castle and its 153 acres is $19.75 million dollars.

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