Briefs for March 24

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Commissioners say farewell to five fair board members

Routt County commissioners honored five outgoing members of the Routt County Fair Board earlier this week for their service and dedication.

Gerald Brenner, Medora Fralick, Rick Myers, Lee Meyring and Doug Wheeler left their positions on the board this year, some after more than six years of service.

"It was a special group that we had that really helped get some things done down there on the fairgrounds," Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison said.

Terry Doherty, fair board coordinator, said the fact that Routt County's Fair is one of the most successful fairs for small towns in Colorado is because of the work of the Fair Board.

"I can't say enough for the Fair Board," Doherty said. "Because without their vision, the fair wouldn't even take place."

The open positions have been filled.

Pilot & Today seeking

Editorial Board members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting nominations for community representatives on its Editorial Board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term from May 1 through Aug. 31.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board include publisher Suzanne Schlicht, editor Scott Stanford, city editor Melissa Roddy and reporter Tom Ross. The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or less expressing their interest in the board to Stanford at sstanford@steamboatpilot.com or at P.O. Box 774827; Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or drop them at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Nominations are due April 9.

Call Stanford at 871-4221 with questions.

Steamboat Ski Area closed for lightning

Lightning forced the closure of ski lifts at the Steamboat Ski Area for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as an unseasonably early thunderstorm moved through the area.

Once a weather-monitoring device at the top of the gondola detected the storm moving in, lifts were shut down about 2:30 p.m., ski area spokesman Mike Lane said. The lifts reopened about 3:30 p.m.

Although some skiers chose to seek shelter in on-mountain buildings such as Rendezvous Saddle and Thunderhead, many decided simply to go home.

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