Briefs for Oct. 22, 2003

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Rape investigation being handled by Routt, Summit

An alleged sexual assault reported to the Hayden Police Department last week is now under joint investigation by the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Summit County Sheriff's Office, said Routt County Sheriff's Office public information officer Ken Klinger.

The incident was reported to Hayden police early Tuesday morning, by a friend of the alleged victim. The suspect and the victim were friends traveling to Denver when the incident occurred, police said. The suspect turned himself in to Hayden Police between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Based on the victim's initial reports, authorities believed that the incident occurred on Rabbit Ears Pass. Upon further investigation, they now believe the incident could have occurred near Green Mountain Reservoir between Kremmling and Silverthorne, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

Disturbed gravesite will

be examined using radar

An international organization that specializes in gravesite investigations, called NecroSearch, has been called to assist the Routt County Sheriff's Office in its investigation of a possible grave robbery north of Hayden, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

The grave of Josiah Pugh, 1825 to 1897, about 10 miles north of Hayden, was reported as being disturbed to the Hayden Police Department last week. People living near the lone gravesite have said they are upset by the vandalism.

Last week, the sheriff's office removed the tombstone for investigation. NecroSearch will bring in a special, ground-penetrating radar to determine whether human remains were removed from the grave, Warner said. Results from that test should be available by Thursday, Warner said.

Libraries celebrate National Teen Read Week

Bud Werner Memorial Library celebrates National Teen Read Week this week. Teens are encouraged to visit the library and check out what is new in teen books. Information is available on the library Web site, steamboatlibrary.org.

Over the Hill Gang offers scholarships to athletes

Steamboat's Over-the-Hill Gang is once again offering scholarships of up to $1,000 to local athletes for their education and/or skill improvement in their area of competence. Only athletes involved in winter sports are eligible.

Applicants should be attending or be a graduate of a Routt County school or be a Routt County resident. Applications are available at all Routt County high schools, Whiteman and Christian Heritage schools, Colorado Mountain College and the Winter Sports Club. Applications must be completed and submitted by Nov. 15. Awards will be announced in December. Call 870-2912.

Health and Rec offers

free swim-tip sessions

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center is offering patrons one free session of swimming tips from the swim team coaching staff. The free sessions will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Fridays in October. Swimmers must be able to swim laps continuously. Each additional session is $5 per swimmer. Call 879-1828, Ext. 22.

Adult hockey registration ends today at Howelsen

Adult hockey league registration ends today at Howelsen Ice Arena. Call 871-1152.

LIFT-UP fall coat drive drop-off is under way

LIFT-UP of Routt County and Steamboat Cleaners are sponsoring a fall coat drive. Gently used winter coats can be dropped off through Oct. 31 at City Market, Safeway or Steamboat Laundromat next to Curve Market. The coats will be cleaned and distributed to people in need the first week of November. Call 870-0727.

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