Steamboat briefs for Oct. 20

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Steamboat man assaulted, airlifted to Denver hospital

A Steamboat Springs man was airlifted to a Denver hospital Sunday after suffering head injuries during an apparent assault.

Steamboat Springs police say they were called to the 600 block of Oak Street at 7:35 a.m. Sunday for a report of a broken windshield. When an officer arrived on scene, he found the victim lying in the street and attempting to stand up.

The man is thought to have suffered a facial fracture, as well as internal bleeding in his head. His name was not released, and his condition Sunday evening was unknown.

The man told officers he moved to Steamboat Springs from Georgia about two weeks ago and had been out at a bar with friends Saturday night. When his friends left, he met a different group of men and began talking with them. The men told the victim he could go to their house, police said. Officers said the last thing the man remembers is walking down an alley near Oak Street.

Officer JD Paul, who responded to the scene, said it appears the man was knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly. Paul said the victim tried to enter a nearby vehicle, and when that effort failed, he climbed inside a parked SUV. Paul said officers found blood in the SUV, where they assume the victim spent the remainder of the evening.

The owners of the vehicles declined to press charges, officers said. Officers have no suspects or leads. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Steamboat Springs police at 879-1144.

Yampa Arts & Craft Fair applications due today

The 28th annual Yampa Arts & Craft Fair is accepting applications for crafters and artists. The large craft fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa. Applications are due today. To receive an application, or for more information, call Nita Naugle at 638-0452.

Nicotine quit kits available at Steamboat, Craig VNA

Free nicotine patches or gum are available by calling the Colorado Quitline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669). Pick up your free Quit Kits, with no patches or gum included, at the Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or the Craig VNA office at 745 Russell St.

Bust of Steamboat tickets on sale for Friday event

The seventh annual Bust of Steamboat is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Three Peaks Grill. Twenty bras will be submitted by local artists for a live auction to raise money for breast cancer awareness. A 2009 season ski pass to Steamboat Ski Area goes to the highest bidder.

You can preview bras and busts at local banks during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Come to the event to bid, watch the auction, or vote with $1 bills for the "Bust of Show," awarded to the designer whose bra receives the most votes. Guests will enjoy live jazz music, world-class hors d' oeuvres and wine.

All proceeds stay in Routt and Moffat counties to help uninsured and underinsured women pay for mammograms, annual wellness exams and breast cancer treatment costs. Advance tickets are $25 at All That Jazz and Epilogue Book Co. Tickets will be $30 at the door. For more information, call Deb Curd at 970-846-5696.

Routt County Road 37 to have only one lane open

Routt County Road 37, about five miles south of Hayden, will be limited to one lane of traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Friday through Nov. 12 while GeoSolutions International repairs a slide area. Call Tammie at the county road and bridge department, at 870-5344, with questions or concerns.

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