Briefs for Nov. 1, 2003

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N. Routt County resident's 2-car garage catches fire

A North Routt County resident returned home about 4 p.m. Friday to find the roof of his two-car garage on fire.

Red Cunningham, 50236 Routt County Road 129, just south of Routt County Road 56, reportedly plugged in some Christmas lights mounted around the roof of his garage before leaving home Friday, and when he returned hours later, he noticed fire on the roof, North Routt Fire Protection District Marshall Chuck Vale said.

Cunningham only had a cell phone and had to leave his burning garage to go to a place where he could get service, Vale said.

Eight North Routt volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene about 10 minutes after the call and had the fire put out in minutes, Vale said. The Christmas lights are believed to be the cause of the fire.

No one was injured by the blaze, which was estimated to cause about $1,000 in damage, Vale said.

Education Association endorses Jerry Kozatch

The Steamboat Springs Education Association's executive board issued an endorsement Friday for District 4 School Board candidate Jerry Kozatch. Kozatch is running against Robin Crossan and incumbent Pat Gleason.

The SSEA executive board met Thursday and decided to issue the endorsement for Kozatch based on his experience with district committees and his fairly progressive stance. The executive board reviewed candidate stances on numerous issues before reaching its decision. The board plans to inform SSEA members of the endorsement.

The SSEA executive board decided against endorsing a candidate in the District 2 race between Brian Kelly and Jeff Troeger because it felt both candidates were equally strong. Executive board members present during Thursday's meeting were Mike Smith, Brad Kindred, Bo Yennie, Mike Johnson, Heidi Chapman, Julie Mattimore, Tom Fitzgerald and Lucianne Myhre.

The SSEA represents about 91 percent of the school district's certified employees. Election Day is Tuesday.

Rocky Mountain Rumble hockey tourney Nov. 14-16

The second annual Rocky Mountain Rumble hockey tournament is Nov. 14 through 16 at Howelsen Ice Arena. Three Peewee and Bantam "B" teams will compete from the Front Range and Wyoming. A schedule is available at Howelsen.

Routt County Republicans hold meeting Wednesday

The Routt County Republicans will hold a monthly meeting at noon Wednesday in the commissioners meeting room of the Routt County Courthouse. Call 870-2891.

Work of Human Hands bazaar held Nov. 22-23

Holy Name Catholic Church's sixth annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 23. Handmade and unique products from low-income communities from 70 countries will be available for purchase in the Parish Hall Basement, 504 Oak St.

County begins accepting LEAP applications Monday

The Routt County Department of Human Services Low-income Energy Assistance Program will accept applications Nov. 3 through April 30. LEAP helps low-income households meet winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,384; for four people it is $2,837. For more on LEAP eligibility requirements or other information, call 879-1540.

'Sound of Music' family to perform in Steamboat

The von Trapp children, third generation descendants of the family featured in "The Sound of Music" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating, $15 for general admission and $8 for youth and are available at All That Jazz and through Strings at 879-5056, Ext. 104.

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