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During a candidates forum in Oak Creek on Tuesday, Republican Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins said he would continue to support a local drug task force if elected, while Democratic sheriff candidate Gary Wall said he doesn't know enough about the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, or GRAMNET, to commit to a stance. Also at Tuesday's forum, Routt County commissioner candidates Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat, and Paul Strong, a Republican, discussed issues concerning South Routt residents such as county road maintenance and funding for schools outside the Steamboat Springs School District. Mitsch Bush said although the county has a healthy reserve in its Road and Bridge Department, she would consider bringing a countywide bond issue to voters that would provide more money to widen and maintain more county roads. Strong said he disagreed that raising taxes would be the right thing to do. We've got a chat scheduled with Mitsch Bush this Friday at 11 a.m., and you can submit your questions for her on steamboatpilot.com.
It's back to the drawing board, again, for One Steamboat Place. With a 4-1 vote, the Steamboat Springs City Council denied a revised housing plan for the resort-oriented project Tuesday night, citing a need for more affordable housing units in the 440,000-square-foot, residential and commercial development planned for a 4-acre site at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, adjacent to the ski area's gondola building and AprÃs Ski Way. Developers need to pay that price, most council members said, by including at least the majority of the 14 required, deed-restricted, affordable housing units in the development itself, rather than paying the city a fee "in lieu" of including the units at One Steamboat Place.
It appears a downtown coffee shop will not be returning, at least not as Mocha Molly's. A "For Rent" sign is now posted beside the "closed until further notice" sign in the front window of the 1,300-square-foot space in Old Town Square. The owner of Mocha Molly's closed the shop in July, and there was a new owner planning to buy the business and reopen the popular coffee shop. A closing date was set for August, but the sale fell through, and the space has been vacant since. The former owner sold off some of the equipment and moved from Steamboat Springs.
In sports, after Moffat County snapped Steamboat's 16-year winning streak in Craig on Sept. 26, Sailors coach Wendy Hall wrote down Tuesday's date in her team's locker room as a reminder for her girls. In what Hall thought was her team's most focused and determined effort of the year, Steamboat beat a Moffat team that was unable to match the energy of their previous meeting in four games, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18.