Man to face federal immigration charges
A Craig man who was arrested after eluding police in Hayden had previously served time for armed robbery and been deported, authorities said.
Immigration officials said the man they thought was Ramon Chavez-Mena, 30, actually was Wilfredo Avitia. The Mexico resident was deported last year after serving five years for the felony robbery, said Senior Agent David Smith of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He will be prosecuted on federal charges of re-entry of an aggravated felon, Smith said.
As Chavez-Mena, the man was charged with eluding police, driving without a license or proof of insurance and placing fictitious plates on a vehicle in the March 15 incident. Authorities at Routt County Jail turned him over to immigration officials, who ran his prints and turned up Avitia, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said.
"I want the people here in our community to know that, one, there are situations they need to be aware of, and, two, the police officers in our community are working hard to make this a safe area," Birch said.
Motor causes fire at Hayden Station
A small fire was reported early Tuesday morning at Xcel Energy's Hayden Station power plant. No one was injured.
The fire broke out shortly before 3 a.m. at one of the conveyor belts that brings coal into the power plant, West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman said.
"One of the motors either lost a bearing or something and caught some grease on fire," Rickman said.
The fire was contained to the coal pile and no structures were damaged, though the conveyor's electric motor will require some repair, Rickman said.
West Routt fire officials extinguished the fire by 5 a.m.
School Board to dine with job candidates
The Steamboat Springs School Board will hold a special meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Ore House Restaurant on Pine Grove Road, to have dinner with the finalists for superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District and their spouses. The finalists will interview with three panels - including the School Board, district staff and community members - Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.