Briefs for Jan. 26


Girl OK after fall from Preview chairlift

A 6-year-old girl who fell off a chairlift Tuesday afternoon was not injured, according to Steamboat Ski Area officials.

Heidi Thomsen, a spokeswoman for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said the girl fell about 20 feet from the Preview chairlift near the base of the ski area.

"Basically she fell right before Tower 3, and there aren't very many towers on that lift," she said.

The girl was not injured in the fall but was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center to be checked out. She was released later in the day, Thomsen said.

Thomsen did not know whether the girl was from Steamboat Springs. The incident still is under investigation, she said.

Accounts set up for Molly Look

Two bank accounts and a fundraiser have been set up to help the Look family with 3-year-old Molly's medical expenses.

Donations may be made to the "Molly Look Fund" at any Mountain Valley Bank or Vectra Bank branch. Donations jars also have been set up at all North Routt County businesses.

Alpine Taxi is accepting donations for Molly through Feb. 1. The company will match any donated funds, up to $5,000. Cash or check donations will be accepted at Alpine Taxi's barn at 1755 Lincoln Ave., or may be mailed to P.O. Box 775066, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Donations also may be given to Alpine Taxi drivers. For more information, call 879-2800.

Molly was found sitting in a snowbank in North Routt County last week after walking away from her home. A passerby who found Molly took her to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where she was flown to Denver Children's Hospital. Molly had been exposed to below-zero temperatures for more than half an hour before she was found.

Doctors do not know whether Molly will lose any of her fingers or toes as a result of frostbite.

Volunteers needed at Steamboat Art Museum

The Steamboat Art Museum needs volunteers to staff the museum through April 15. Volunteers will work two- or three-hour shifts once a week. Training will be provided and required. Call Nancy Westphale at 846-0504 or Linda Knox at 879-3076.

Students assembling care packages for troops

Steamboat Springs Middle and High School students are putting together care packages to send to U.S. military troops stationed overseas. Dubbed "Operation Sending Smiles," the students are seeking donations of money, prepackaged snacks, hot chocolate, coffee, beef jerky, trail mix, nuts, socks, long-sleeve shirts, blankets, movies (DVDs), music (CDs), magazines and prepaid calling cards (so troops can call home).

All donations can be dropped off at Johnny B. Good's in downtown Steamboat Springs. The students also plan to hold bake sales to raise money for the project. For more information, call Ashton or Sheila Palmer at 736-8379.

Chain laws in effect for drive to hot springs

Chain laws are in effect for Routt County Road 36, which leads to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Any vehicle without four-wheel drive must have chains on the tires, or the driver will be subject to a $100 fine. A $500 fine will be given to the driver of any vehicle that becomes stuck and blocks traffic.


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