Brief for Feb. 24


Student charged in graffiti incident at high school

A student at Steamboat Springs High School has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with graffiti in a bathroom stall at the school, according to a report filed by the District Attorney's Office.

The charge of defacing property carries a penalty ranging from probation to two years incarceration.

Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell said the student has been suspended pending further disciplinary action.

The graffiti for which the student is being charged occurred between Feb. 1 and 6. Assistant district attorney Kerry St. James would not discuss the nature of the graffiti.

Incidents of graffiti in the school's bathroom stalls have been a problem this school year. School officials and the Steamboat Springs Police Department have investigated more than a dozen incidents of race-related graffiti since October. Markings have included swastikas, white supremacy references and at least one threat naming a minority student at the high school, according to police.

No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed in connection with the other incidents.

Hilltop cited after minor arrested on DUI charge

The Hilltop Bar and Grill was given a citation early Saturday morning after a minor said he was served alcohol there.

Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said a 17-year-old male was pulled over on suspicion of careless driving after leaving the parking lot of the bar in the 1000 block on Highpoint Drive.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and told police he had been drinking at the Hilltop Bar.

Fiebing said the manager of the bar told police two employees mistakenly overlooked checking the teen's identification. Each thought the other had checked his ID.

Triathlete to speak at Colorado Group Realty

Veteran triathlete Wes Hobson will share his knowledge and experience of endurance sports Wednesday night.

Hobson was invited by the Steamboat Springs Triathlon Club to speak at 6:30 p.m. during a program at Colorado Group Realty.

"I'm very excited to have Wes Hobson coming here," club member Joy Rasmussen said. "We are hoping that by having him speak, it will draw some attention to our sport and eventually help us bring a sanctioned triathlon to Steamboat Springs."

During his 12-year professional career, Hobson was named triathlete of the year by the United States Olympic Committee and won the demanding Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.

He also has promoted the sport as a coach, author and filmmaker. Hobson co-authored "Swim, Bike, Run" and helped create three triathlon and cycling related films including "Triathlon -- Through the Eyes of the Elite and Triathlon -- Racing Faster and Rides."

Rasmussen said fellow club member Bill Goldsmith was instrumental in getting Hobson to Steamboat to speak.

Humane Society seeks

help at animal shelter

The Routt County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. The Animal Shelter also needs donations of Science Diet or Iams canned cat food. Call 879-RCHS.

LIFT-UP looking for

clothing, household goods

LIFT-UP is looking for donations of clothing and household items to be resold through its community thrift store. Donations can be brought to the LIFT-UP Donation Center, on Aspen Street between Seventh and Eighth streets, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 879-3374.

Spay Day USA is today, and coupons are available

The Routt County Humane Society celebrates the 10th annual Spay Day USA today by offering a limited number of $20 discount coupons for spaying and neutering. Coupons are available at veterinary offices.

Volunteers sought for eighth-grade Career Day

Volunteers are needed to help with the eighth annual eighth-grade girls Career Day to be held April 13. Volunteer opportunities range from presenting workshops to handling administrative tasks. Call Karen Bomberg at 879-1476.


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