Briefs for April 15

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Driver's license office now open five days a week

Steamboat Springs once again has full-time access to driver's license services, with the recent reopening of the office, 425 Anglers Drive, Suite H. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed for an hour each day for lunch. The office provides license renewals, transfers from out of state, instruction permits, motor vehicle records, driving tests by appointment and written tests. The office was open for only one day a week for the past six months because of a staffing shortage.

Man arrested on suspicion of possessing mushrooms

A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing psilocybin mushrooms after police spotted the drugs through the window of his residence.

On Monday, Jeremy Gene Wood's car rolled down a hill unattended and into an embankment on Fairview Drive, Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

When police went to Wood's residence at 424 Fairview Drive to inform him of the accident, they saw what they suspected were drugs through the window.

The police obtained a search warrant and contacted GRAMNET, the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team. The law enforcement officers searched the residence and found a small bag of mushrooms in the house, Fiebing said.

Wood was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Schedule I drug. His bond is set at $20,000.

Man arrested on suspicion of meth possession

A 21-year-old Colorado Springs man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of methamphetamine possession.

Richard Anthony Mercado was arrested after Routt County Sheriff's Deputy Kurtis Luster spotted what he thought to be an abandoned vehicle along U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

When Luster approached the vehicle at about 7 p.m., he saw people inside and noticed smoke coming out the windows, Lt. Richard Wood said.

Mercado, who was the driver of the car, admitted to not having a valid driver's license. During questioning, Luster noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and asked to search it.

Luster found several small plastic bags containing a substance that preliminary tests indicated was crystal methamphetamine.

Mercado was arrested on charges of possession of a Schedule II substance. He remains in the Routt County Jail on $20,000 bond.

C.R. 129 to be restricted to one-lane traffic

Beginning Monday, Routt County Road 129 will be restricted to one-lane traffic to accommodate a repair project at the Mad Creek bridge, about 5.2 miles north of the intersection with U.S. 40. Because of the nature of the bridge repair, the one-lane restriction will be necessary for about 600 feet and will continue through the estimated six-week duration of the project.

Battle of the Bands for teens to be held May 21

The City of Steamboat Springs Teen Program and the Steamboat Pilot's Teen Style will be hosting a Battle of the Bands for musicians in middle school and high school. The event is scheduled for May 21. If you are interested in participating, call Brooke Lachman at 879-6960 or Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 to register.

CMC, DeWardt host 'Writing and Being'

Colorado Mountain College and Susan DeWardt are presenting "Writing and Being," a facilitated workshop on life/travel writing in a personal journal. Meetings will at 9 a.m. Mondays June 7 through Aug. 16. The cost is $75. Call 870-4444 to register.

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