Briefs for May 24


Sheriff candidate names choice for undersheriff

Routt County Sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins announced Monday that he will appoint Routt County Sheriff's Office investigator Rachelle Redmond as his undersheriff if he is elected in November.

Wiggins said Redmond was his No. 1 pick to join his team.

"She's very loyal to the law enforcement community. She has a good work ethic and is dependable, and she has earned the respect of the (Sheriff's Office) and the residents of Routt County," he said. "I think she'll be a wonderful undersheriff."

Redmond would be Routt County's first female undersheriff. She accepted the offer Saturday during a fundraising event in Stagecoach.

Fellow sheriff candidates Gary Wall and Ray Birch have not announced who their undersheriffs would be.

Wiggins will face Birch, a fellow Republican, in the primary election in August to see which candidate will move forward to the general election in November. Wall, a Democrat, is the only member of his party running for sheriff.

Steamboat man pleads not guilty to weapons theft

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded not guilty in Routt County District Court on Tuesday to charges of breaking into a home and stealing more than $2,300 worth of shotguns, rifles and compound bows.

Benjamin Jacob Nierenberg pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree theft, felony theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief. His case was set for a jury trial in November.

Nierenberg was arrested in December on suspicion of breaking into an acquaintance's house in October and stealing several weapons with two other Steamboat Springs men.

Veterans Affairs Office open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Veterans Affairs Office is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. The Veterans Affairs Officer assists veterans in understanding their benefits and how to obtain them. Call 879-5489 or e -mail

Student-athlete physicals at medical center today

Sports physicals will be conducted from 4 to 8 p.m. today through Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center for high school and middle school students who will participate in sports during the 2006-07 school year. The exam costs $30, and proceeds benefit the high school and middle school Booster Club. Physicals performed at any other time will cost $75. No player will be allowed to begin practice in the fall without a completed physical on file. To make an appointment for your student or to volunteer to help, call Kate Parke at the Steamboat Spring High School at 871-3687.

City needs preservation commission members

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. The commission meets from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. For more information or an application, call 871-8215. Applications also are available at


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