News in brief for Feb. 11

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Natural gas leak found at Routt County Jail

A small natural gas leak caused a little excitement at the Routt County Jail at about 6 p.m. Thursday. The leak was found in a boiler in the jail's maintenance room, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said. The boiler was shut down, and county maintenance officials plan to fix it this morning, he said. The jail is fully operational without the broken boiler, officials said. The occupants of the jail were not evacuated, but a city bus was called to the jail as a precaution.

Backcountry skiers seek Search and Rescue help

Routt County Search and Rescue was called out Thursday evening to rescue a group of backcountry users trapped in the Fish Creek drainage.

A group of two snowboarders and one skier skied off of Buffalo Mountain and down into the drainage and were caught in it, Incident Commander Jim Vail said. The people, all of whom were from out of town, had been ferried up Buffalo Mountain by friends on snowmobiles and inadvertently stayed too far left as they descended, getting drawn into the drainage. The group phoned friends for help, who contacted authorities.

Search and Rescue was paged at about 6 p.m. and sent about a dozen people to find the skier and snowboarders and retrieve them. The rescuers took extra pairs of snowshoes with them for the stranded group and planned to walk them out about two miles from where they were trapped to the Uranium Mine Road, Vail said.

Rescue workers sighted the group at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

Area residents to provide information on health care

Yampa Valley Medical Center will survey residents in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties to learn their perceptions and opinions about health care services. The survey is scheduled to start Feb. 14 and last about two weeks.

"We want to meet the needs of the current population as well as anticipate future health issues and related services," YVMC CEO Karl Gills said, explaining that information gained from the survey will be used to guide YVMC's efforts to provide health care services.

Residents in the survey area will be selected randomly to participate in anonymous telephone interviews. Some survey questions will probe consumers' awareness of services that currently are offered in Steamboat Springs. Other questions are designed to determine people's interest in using potential new services in the future.

Ag department foods

distributed at LIFT-UP

U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities are being distributed at the LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through The Emergency Food Assistance program. Eligible households can receive TEFAP foods once per quarter, and the current quarter began Jan. 1 and ends March 30. Call 870-8804.

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