News in brief for Nov. 5

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Man walks into regional airport with handgun

A 20-year-old man walked into Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday afternoon unknowingly carrying a handgun in his knapsack, Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said.

Clay Bebee of Fort Worth, Texas, drove to Colorado with his father last week for a hunting trip in the mountains north of Craig. After a weekend hunting trip, Bebee had to fly home early to be at class Tuesday at Texas Christian University.

"When we packed out, I was going to drop a lot of things off in my dad's truck, but I forgot one thing," Bebee said.

Bebee walked into the airport, and before checking his bag, he decided to change clothes. Reaching into his knapsack, he discovered a Colt .357 revolver.

"I started thinking 'what am I going to do?'" Bebee recalled. "I decided the best thing to do was leave the bag and talk to a security guard, pull him aside and talk one on one."

Bebee said airport security was very understanding. After a failed attempt to call his father, he decided to leave the gun with the Hayden Police Department, which later contacted Bebee's father, Bebee said.

"I'm glad I caught it before I got to the baggage check," Bebee said. "If I didn't, I think I'd be in jail now."

United Way needs

volunteers, food donations

Routt County United Way and Vectra Bank are sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Dinner open to the public. They are in need of volunteers and prepared food donations for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held Nov. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center.

For information and to volunteer for the event, call the Routt County United Way at 879-5605.

To donate food, call Cheryl at Vectra Bank at 870-4212.

Rotary Club looking for professional to sponsor

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club is seeking one outstanding young professional, from the age of 25 to 40, to sponsor for a group study exchange trip to Italy. This will be a cultural and vocational exchange to Rotary District 2050, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The four-week trip will depart about May 2.

The Rotary Foundation pays for the air transportation, and the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will pick up many of the other expenses. Team members will reside with host families while in Italy and will be expected to pay for their own incidentals. They will experience vocational tours and visits with professionals in their lines of business. Cultural events and experiences also are an important part of the exchange. Ample free time will be available, as will personal interaction with host Rotarians and families.

The applicants for this trip will be interviewed and selected Dec. 6 in Laramie, Wyo. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 10.

Call Donna Weinman at 879-5560 or The Portfolio Collection at 879-3718 for information and an application.

Season passes on sale Monday for Howelsen area

Howelsen Hill Ski Area season passes go on sale Monday. Passes can be purchased from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays Monday through Friday at the Howelsen Hill concession stand. A representative will visit the schools the week of Nov. 10. Call 879-4300.

Routt County Republicans will host meeting today

The Routt County Republicans will hold a monthly meeting at noon Wednesday in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Routt County Courthouse. For information, call 870-2891.

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