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Volunteers needed for S. Routt economic study

South Routt County residents are needed to help with the Colorado Community Assessment Program, an economic study sponsored by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Nancy Stahoviak, community coordinator for the study, said the project's steering committee is seeking citizens to participate in focus group discussions on Aug. 14. The topics of the focus groups are government, infrastructure, education and agriculture.

"It's just so critical for members of the community that will be around on Aug. 14 to come and participate in those focus groups," Stahoviak said. "The information that we get out of the assessment team will be only as good as the information we give them."

For three days in August, five private sector business people and public officials will study conditions in the South Routt communities of Oak Creek, Stagecoach, Phippsburg, Yampa and Toponas. At the end of their visit, the assessors will offer recommendations on how the region can grow economically.

To participate in the study, citizens should call Stahoviak at 870-5222 or 736-8505.

Pilot & Today loses

its voicemail service

The Steamboat Pilot & Today's telephone voicemail system was disrupted Friday and service was out through noon Monday.

Messages for newspaper personnel left over the weekend may not have been received, and those who placed calls during that time frame are asked to call again.

Sheriff's Office to receive Alpha Card ID System

The Routt County Sheriff's Office received permission Monday from county commissioners to purchase an Alpha Card ID System.

The benefits of the $5,465 system, Sheriff John Warner said, are twofold.

First, the system will enable the county to issue concealed weapons permits that comply with new state requirements. Second, the system will help the sheriff's office improve its own security by providing badges for each employee.

"It's something I think we really need to get, not only because of the security issues, but also to keep up on the mandate with concealed weapons permits," Warner said.

Tourney openings remain for Sailors golf benefit

The inaugural Sailors Golf Shootout Golf Tournament is at Catamount Ranch and Club on Monday.

The tournament is a fund raiser for the high school golf team with proceeds going to coaching, uniform and travel expenses next season.

Golf is a tier II sport, so it is not funded through the high school.

The Shootout will feature a modified two best ball format and four-person teams.

For $125, anybody can play and organizers said there is still room for a few more teams.

For more information about the tournament or to find out how you can help support the Steamboat High School golf team, contact Tom Taylor at 871-9200 or Ryan Barclay at 870-1846.

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