Senator holding town forum today

Allard touring state this month

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— On a whirlwind tour of every county in the state, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., will come to Steamboat Springs today to hold a town meeting at Olympian Hall.

Allard will speak to the residents of Routt County between 4 and 5 p.m. and will field specific questions and comments from members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Allard, a first-term Republican, encourages anyone from the public to ask questions or make comments that he can take with him back to Washington, D.C.

Allard, who visits every county in Colorado a total of 64 every year, sits on the Senate Banking Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Transit Director George Krawzoff and City Councilman Jim Engelken will thank Allard for his support of federal funding for the city's transit system, which helped the city's transit fleet move more quickly toward full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Councilman Ken Brenner, in addition, will discuss issues of commercial air service to rural areas with the senator.

"Sen. Allard has held several town meetings in Steamboat Springs and they've been well-attended," said Linda Kakela, the city's intergovernmental services director. "People feel it's a very important opportunity to engage Sen. Allard in a dialogue."

About 25 to 30 people showed up to the forum last year, Kakela said.

The city will serve light refreshments at the meeting.

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