Steamboat briefs for Sept. 3

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Routt County Sheriff's Office applies for grant

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is applying for a $5,000 state grant to beef up its drunken driving enforcement.

The grant provides extra funds to give law enforcement officers the time to conduct saturation patrols, in which officers focus on enforcing driving laws and looking for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

Sheriff Gary Wall has said he is happy to participate in the state's DUI enforcement program. He said he would not use the grant money for sobriety checkpoints.

"We'll do saturation patrol, but I'm not going to participate in those roadblocks where you stop everyone without probable cause," he said.

This is the third year the Sheriff's Office has applied for the grant. The Steamboat Springs Police Department received a L.E.A.F grant for 2007.

Since the grant's inception in 1982, more than $20 million has been granted to 106 Colorado cities and counties to support DUI enforcement.

LIFT-UP distributing USDA Commodities

USDA Commodities are being distributed for the third quarter of 2007 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Each eligible household may receive TEFAP foods once per quarter. This quarterly distribution ends Sept. 30. Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to inquire about income-eligibility and hours of operation for each office.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs needs volunteers

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is recruiting interested volunteers to assist with its programs. Mainstreet is much more than a business organization. It is a comprehensive program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revive and strengthen the historic cores of communities across the nation. More than 2,000 communities are using the Mainstreet Four-Point Approach, which addresses design elements within the district, promotion of events and image, economic restructuring to gauge and strengthen economic health, and organization of the entities within the district as a unified voice. If you would like more information on becoming active with the Mainstreet organization, call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800 or e-mail mainstreet@springsips.com.

Wilderness EMT certification available

The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medical Institute and Colorado Mountain College have partnered to offer nationally recognized wilderness EMT certifications to medical professionals already certified as EMT-Basics and higher. This course counts as 36 hours of Category 1 CME for Physicians, and an EMT Refresher for certified EMS personnel. The course runs Oct. 18 to 22. Register at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs.

Comments

whyquestion 7 years, 3 months ago

whatever happend to protect and serve????doesn't protect mean by any legal means possible????? I guess law abiding citizens in routt county loose out again??? right WALL/nutto????????/

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CoJustice 7 years, 3 months ago

There needs to be some accountability with this grant money. You need to actually produce results. It is intended for over and above, not balance your budget for routine patrol, and then sing the "I don't want to violate anyone's rights" song, as noted in previous statements regarding DUI's. I hope the Pilot follows-up on these grants as intended service to the community.

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CoJustice 7 years, 3 months ago

For DUI Reporting Results, see site: http://www.dot.state.co.us/trafficsafety/HEAT/index.cfm

The focus on DUI's for Routt County are disgusting for 2007, since Wall took office compared to other counties keeping citizens safe.

The State is reporting only 3 DUI's for the 2007 reporting campaign.

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id04sp 7 years, 3 months ago

It is interesting that Gary Wall is taking the "probable cause" thing so seriously. Roadblocks would certainly glean more DUIs.

However, where are the statistics on alcohol related accidents? Is the "saturation patrol" deterring people from driving drunk?

Is there any statistical difference at all between this year's road safety record in Routt County and past years?

I think the saturation patrol is a much more effective tactic anyway. Where have we found roadblocks in past years? On CR-129 coming down from Steamboat Lake, of course.

People who are impaired definitely show signs of it. Speeding is a huge tip-off, because people don't tend to be as careful when impaired.

Wouldn't it be ironic if Routt County was safer without the roadblocks? Let's get the numbers and look at them. That's the only fair approach.

And it's not "loose out again." That looks like a typo where somebody was trying to choose between "the dog got loose" or "the dog got out." The word you want is "LOSE!"

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