Steamboat police keep busy during MusicFest
The Tugboat Grill & Pub shuts doors early because of rowdy crowd
January 7, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A bar at the base of Steamboat Ski Area chose to close its doors after the crowd got a little too rowdy Wednesday night.
Every Steamboat Springs Police Department officer available as well as two deputies from the Routt County Sheriff's Office responded to The Tugboat Grill & Pub shortly after midnight for a report of numerous fights.
"We had some of the young college kids here with probably more testosterone than sense," Tugboat co-owner Larry Lamb said Friday. "We closed it down. It was late, and it was a smart decision."
A couple of groups of people had different philosophies, and fights broke out, Lamb said.
"Fortunately, we had enough staff on that we were able to handle it," he said.
In the nearly 40 years Tugboat has been open in Ski Time Square, Lamb said owners have chosen to close early several times, but it is not a standard occurrence.
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"Inherently, we take the problems that come with the business," Lamb said.
Steamboat police Sgt. Rich Brown said no one was arrested and no one appeared to be injured.
Lamb expected his bar to be filled to capacity again tonight as the city plays host to the MusicFest at Steamboat. The festival is helping draw a predicted 12,300 visitors. It might prove to be the busiest tourism week of the ski season, and police are noticing.
"Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the people we deal with are very respectful," Brown said. "There are just so many people here."
Police also addressed other base area issues Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
At 12:26 a.m. Thursday, police were called to assist security with a large crowd at the Chaps bar inside The Steamboat Grand. A fight was reported in Gondola Square about 10 minutes later, and at about 1 a.m., police were called to a report of a 20-year-old man passed out in the bathroom at the Truffle Pig restaurant and bar.
Early Thursday evening, police arrested a 25-year-old Texas man on suspicion of obstructing a police officer at the MusicFest tent. Brown said the man repeatedly tried to enter the tent through the wrong doors. He then charged through a door into a police officer and was arrested.
Also at the base area, a skid steer valued at $20,000 was reported stolen Thursday morning from the Torian Plum underground parking garage. Police initially thought someone might have taken it for a joyride around the mountain Wednesday night, but it has not turned up, and police now think it may have been loaded onto a trailer.
Police expected the increase in activity and have added officers at night. Four to six officers also are working the music festival on their own time.
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