Briefs for June 15

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Oak Creek man arrested, escapes temporarily
A 33-year-old Oak Creek man escaped from a police vehicle Friday after being arrested on suspicion of DUI and careless driving.
David Martin Pliska was arrested after he allegedly drove his car off the backside of his girlfriend's residence in the 400 block of East Main Street and down to the railroad tracks, Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert said. His girlfriend had called the Oak Creek police to report the incident.
When police responded, Pliska was getting out of his car, Willert said. Willert said he could smell alcohol on Pliska, who refused a breath test.
The police put Pliska in the back seat of the patrol car and then went to get more information from his girlfriend. At that time, Willert said, Pliska got out of the car and ran about 100 feet before being stopped by police.
Pliska was arrested on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, escaping and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was released from the Routt County Jail on $750 bond.
Trial begins for woman
hit in face with golf ball
A trial began Monday for a woman who was hit in the face with a golf ball in 2000 and is suing the golfer.
The woman is asking that the golfer pay her damages related to pain and suffering, wage loss, permanent physical impairment and a mild traumatic brain injury.
The trial is being heard by District Judge Michael O'Hara and is expected to last three days. O'Hara will make a final ruling, as no jury is involved.
Nancy Jane Hurr was struck in the face with a golf ball after she finishing the first hole of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel Golf Course on May 4, 2000. The ball was hit by Drew Goranson, 22, who was scheduled to start working for the golf course later that month.
Clark Community
barbecue is 5 p.m. Sunday
The seventh annual Clark Community barbecue is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Store.
The event is sponsored by the Elk River Wranglers 4-H Club. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Tickets are available at the Clark Store or from an Elk River Wrangler 4-H member. Proceeds benefit Routt County 4-H.
VNA, Kiwanis Club host Ride the Rockies breakfast
The Visiting Nurse Association, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs, is hosting two breakfasts for Ride the Rockies participants June 23 and 24 to raise money to immunize the region's uninsured children. Volunteers are needed for both mornings. Contact Jennifer Fritz to inquire at 879-1632 or jfritz1@nwcovna.org
Read Around the World set for 11 a.m. Thursday
Read Around the World Summer Reading Program at the Bud Werner Memorial Library is from 11 a.m. to noon each Thursday. The event includes a story and hands-on fun from a different country each week. Program is for children ages 5 through 10. No registration is required. Call the library at 879-0240 for more information.
SportsMed is holding
open house through Friday
SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center is celebrating National Hand Therapy Week with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. daily through Friday. Free paraffin wax treatments and education on prevention of common hand injuries and conditions. Free hand injury screening by appointment, 871-2370.
Free workshop on surface- use negotiations is June 26
"Energy development and the Western landowner," a free workshop for landowners on surface use negotiations, is from 9 to 11 a.m. June 26 at the Hayden Public Library. The workshop will focus on understanding surface-use agreements, federal laws protecting landowners and offers individual consultations. Call 879-6252 to RSVP.

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