Area briefs for June 12


— Man on life support after motorcycle crash

Routt County resident Doug Smith, a self-employed owner of a trucking company, is on life support at the Denver Health Medical Center as a result of severe injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash at about 6 p.m. Sunday on Routt County Road 33. Smith reportedly lost control of his motorcycle while rounding a corner. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

A fund has been set up in his name at Wells Fargo bank. Call Wells Fargo employee Cheryl Antalek, a friend of Smith's, at 879-0550 for more information.

Copper piping thefts continue at Justice Center

The Routt County Sheriff's Office said Monday copper piping was stolen from the Routt County Justice Center construction site during the weekend, the second such theft from the site in less than a week.

On June 7, as much as $5,000 worth of copper tubing and fittings was reported stolen from the new Justice Center. That theft originally was estimated at a $10,000 value, but patrol deputy Lance Eldridge said "loose fittings in a barrel" made the amount difficult to gauge.

No valuation has yet been given to the more recent theft, Eldridge said. Both incidents still are under investigation. Eldridge said increased security precautions already are under way at the Justice Center site.

"Contractors need to secure their copper, whether it's wire, or pipe or fittings," Eldridge said.

The majority of stolen metal is turned around and sold to scrap metal businesses that "don't ask questions," said Ken Klinger, an investigator with the Sheriff's Office. "It's a black market business."

Anyone with information regarding Tuesday's theft is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 870-5503.

Literary Sojourn Author's Study picks summer books

The Literary Sojourn Author's Study has selected its books for the summer. Michael Kun's "You Poor Monster" will be the first book discussed at 6 p.m. today at the Library House. Book discussions are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 879-0240.

Register for Yampatika's summer programs

Enrollment is open for Yampatika's summer programs for children ages 3 to 11. Register your child online at or call 871-9151. Yampatika also offers programs for families and adults.


dundalk 9 years, 10 months ago

Doug Smith was a man of graciousness and compassion to all he met. I had the privilege of working with Doug years ago, while still at Steamboat Resorts. When ever our paths crossed, Doug could be counted on for a wide grin; and of course that wonderfully thick mustache. I enjoyed giving him a wave as he headed out of the Gondola Parking lot, with the Steamboat Resort shuttle bus full of weary skiers. He was witty, had a keen and sharp personality which he shared with all those he met.

I will miss Doug.


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