Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz gives the morning news update for Friday, August 25.
A rockslide shut down U.S. Highway 40 near the Mount Harris Canyon early Friday morning. Colorado State Patrol said the rockslide was reported around 2 a.m. Boulders about 2 feet in diameter had the highway closed for three miles for several hours. The slide was cleaned up by 5 a.m.
A Montrose couple was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after they wrecked on Colorado Highway 131 near Yampa. The couple was driving north on 131 about four miles south of Yampa, when the driver lost control, went off the right side of the road, overcorrected and then went off the left side of the road, breaking through a fence. They were treated and released Thursday.
New airport security regulations are taking a toll on the small Hayden Police Department. Since the British terrorist plots were foiled earlier this month, stricter security measures have been in place at all airports, including Yampa Valley Regional in Hayden. The new requirements mean an armed law enforcement officer must be present when passengers are screened. That's tough in Hayden, which only has four full-time police officers. Chief Jody Lenahan said, many times, the only Hayden officer on duty is required to be at the airport, assisting with screening. Lenahan is concerned that once ski season jet flights begin, his staff won't be able to handle the workload.
Longtime Yampa Valley chef Jacques Wilson is leaving Steamboat. Wilson was the lead chef for years at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. before taking over as executive chef and director of food services at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Now, Wilson is headed for Monterrey, Calif., to take over as executive chef at the famed Sardine Factory Restaurant.
Steamboatpilot.com and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. are going to give away a free lift ticket every day in September, and at the end of the month we're going to give away a season pass. We're also going to give away some airline tickets and gift certificates. Enter at steamboatpilot.com.
Two Cents the ferret has a new name and a way to get around town. Routt County Humane Society members rescued Two Cents from the Rainbow Gathering earlier this summer. The ferret appeared to have been abused and had lost the use of his hind legs. The volunteers took Two Cents to Pet Care Clinic, where workers nursed him back to health and then contacted local ferret fan Bill Higby. Higby took a special interest in Two Cents and built the ferret a wheelchair so that he can get around better. Higby re-named the ferret "Scooter." Higby said he has "ferretized" his home, which allows him to let Scooter play with the five other ferrets he lets run wild in his home.
City Councilman Towny Anderson will be available to chat at 2 p.m. today on steamboatpilot.com. Submit your questions for Towny on the Web site.