Briefs for Nov. 19


Man arrested on child

sexual assault charges

A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault of a child. The arrest comes after information was reported to authorities by Steamboat Springs Middle School officials Monday.

The man was released Wednesday on $2,000 bond.

The alleged assault was mentioned during a recent school activity, Principal Tim Bishop said. The assault allegedly occurred more than two years ago. It did not occur at the middle school and was not associated with the school except that it first was reported there.

"We were proactive, and we were supporting our student," Bishop said. "When we hear something like this, we have to report it. We weren't at all associated with it, we were just following the law by reporting it."

Dunham's Teacher of Year bid falls just short

Montrose High School teacher Kathy Heavers was named Colorado Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony Wednesday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Strawberry Park Elementary School teacher Celia Dunham, one of four finalists for the award, attended the evening event with several Steamboat Springs School District officials, including Principal John DeVincentis, School Board President Paula Stephenson and Superintendent Donna Howell.

Dunham was named a finalist after an extensive application process. Nominees for the award were judged on their ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to greater achievement, play an active role in the community and earn the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues.

The Steamboat Springs School Board named Dunham its teacher of the year in May.

Community Thanksgiving dinner to be held Thursday

A free community Thanksgiving dinner is from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the South Routt Community Center in Oak Creek. Volunteers and food donations are needed. Call 736-8138 or 871-0921.

Defensive driving class

for new drivers scheduled

"Alive at 25," a defensive driving class for new drivers who want to get their learner's permits at age 15 1/2, is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The cost is $30. Register and pay online at


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