Steamboat briefs for Sept. 2


A one-vehicle rollover accident forced the closure of Colorado Highway 131 south of Oak Creek on Monday night.

Yampa Fire Protection District Chief Dan Allen said a Nissan Maxima driven by a man with an out-of-state driver's license veered off Colo. 131 on the south edge of Phippsburg about 9 p.m. The car traveled between 75 and 100 feet and also rolled over, Allen said. The unidentified driver was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with unknown injuries. There were no passengers in the vehicle, Allen said.

Emergency officials closed a section of Colo. 131 for about 30 minutes, re-routing traffic under the railroad bridge in Phippsburg. Allen said an investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

Volunteers needed for Ducks Unlimited banquet

The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited is seeking volunteers for its banquet and silent auction Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. If you would like to help with the banquet or have questions, call Ron and Kathy Whaley at 870-9947.

Entrants sought for Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge

The annual Downtown Hoedown/Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge has combined forces with the Festival of the Americas for a fun, multi-cultural event, the "South Meets the West Festival," from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 on 12th Street next to Little Toots Park in Steamboat Springs. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and Integrated Community are seeking contestants for the chili challenge in red, green and firehouse categories. This year, two new categories have been added: salsa and cornbread. Test your recipes against the best in the region. In addition to the chili challenge, there will be live music and entertainment on two stages, children's activities, vendors and beer/beverage sales. For more information and registration forms for entrants and vendors, contact Tracy Barnett of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs at 970-846-1800 or


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