News in brief for Aug. 1


Woman's vehicle catches on fire in Hayden

A woman's car caught on fire in Hayden at 3:46 p.m. Saturday.

Laura Chew, of Clark, pulled her car of the side of the road when she heard a knocking sound, and smoke and flames started coming out of the engine, Hayden Police Officer Gordon Booco said.

She pulled over in the 400 block of East Jefferson Avenue and ran into a house to call police.

Meanwhile, people saw the fire in the white, two-door car, and tried to extinguish it, Booco said. One person used a fire extinguisher from a house, and another brought a hose from the yard.

"They were on the ball," Bocco said. "They helped her out real fast and efficiently."

The West Routt Fire Protection District arrived on scene and took over the smoldering car. Chew's family later had the car towed.

No one was injured in the incident, Booco said. The fire was in the front of the car, and Booco said he was not sure about the cause. There were no ruptured gas lines.

Man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child and failure to register as a sex offender.

The man was arrested Saturday. Police are investigating the allegations, which reportedly happened at a west Steamboat business during the summer, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said. The man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the same child twice.

The man is scheduled to be advised today, and until then, he is being held at Routt County Jail without bond.

Tickets now on sale for annual Literary Sojourn

Tickets are now on sale for Literary Sojourn, the premier festival of authors in the Rocky Mountain region. The 13th annual celebration of books and reading will be held Sept. 10 in Steamboat Springs. This year's master of ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, a regular on NPR's Morning Edition. Guest authors are Chris Abani, Haven Kimmel, Patrick McGrath and Ruth Ozeki.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn Web site: For more information, call the library at 879-0240 or Off the Beaten Path at 879-6830.

County road closure planned for Wednesday

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department will close a portion of Routt County Road 46 to replace a culvert Wednesday. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the intersection of C.R. 46A to the intersection of C.R. 46B. Call the road department at 879-0831.


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