Briefs for Nov. 9

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Longtime Road and Bridge engineer dies at 65

Routt County Road and Bridge engineer Louis Gabos, 65, was found dead in his home Monday morning.

Gabos had been the county engineer for 19 years, said Paul Draper, director of the Routt County Road and Bridge Department.

"The way he went about his job was of the highest professionalism. He was always there," Draper said. "I used to have to force him to take his vacation, because he never would."

Gabos was a veteran of the Marines, a patriot and a very religious man, Draper said.

One of the projects for which Gabos was best known is the Treehaus Bridge replacement project. At the time of its construction, the bridge was the largest wooden bowstring truss bridge.

Gabos most recently was working on the McGregor Bridge project in Milner.

Gabos also taught marksmanship in the 4-H program for 15 years.

Routt County Sheriff John Warner said foul play is not suspected in Gabos' death and that an autopsy is pending.

"He was a great guy. He was well-respected by all of us," Warner said.

A memorial service will be held for Gabos at a later date.

Community recreation center meeting Thursday

Anyone interested in participating in a discussion about a community recreation center is welcome to attend a lunch meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The meeting will include a discussion about the city's existing recreation facilities and the role of the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association and the city in the development of facilities and potential sites for a new center. The meeting is "brown bag," so bring a lunch. For more information, call Susan Petersen, the city's recreation supervisor, at 879-4300, ext. 320.

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