Steamboat briefs: Franklin named city of Steamboat Springs clerk

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Franklin named city of Steamboat Springs clerk

— City of Steamboat Springs officials announced Thursday that they have named Julie Franklin its city clerk. Franklin, deputy city clerk since June 2000, has been serving as the interim city clerk since former City Clerk Julie Jordan left the post last year.

Franklin said she was interested in taking over the position full time because she loves working with the Steamboat Springs City Council, city staff and the public.

The clerk's office serves as the city's records custodian, provides legislative and meeting support and administers licenses and permits. The city clerk also is the city's local election official.

City Manager Jon Roberts said he received very positive reports about Franklin from "all quarters," including council members and city department heads.

"She has been in the position for the last six months doing a great job," Roberts said.

The deputy city clerk position will remain open as part of a city government hiring freeze.

Craig resident seriously injured in Friday accident

A Craig resident was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident early Friday morning near Yampa River State Park. The unidentified person was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later flown to a Denver-area hospital, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Trooper Brady Kobus said a Jeep Liberty heading eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 shortly after 5 a.m. Friday hit a patch of ice and spun off the roadway, rolling one-quarter time and coming to rest at the bottom of an embankment. The driver of the Jeep was not injured, Kobus said, but the passenger sustained serious injuries. Kobus was not the investigating officer and did not have the names of the driver and passenger. A message left with the Colorado State Patrol office in Craig was not immediately returned.

Kobus said no citations were issued, and no other vehicles were involved. Traffic was slowed while emergency personnel worked the accident scene.

School Board to discuss calendar at 5 p.m. Monday

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss, among other agenda items, approving the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic calendars and an update on security cameras in schools.

The meetings starts at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall with an executive session. That closed-door meeting is so the board can talk with its attorney about the lawsuit with the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Last month, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the newspaper, determining that a previous School Board had violated the state's Open Meetings Law during a January 2007 executive session.

The public portion of Monday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. with community engagement, a one-hour event for English Language Learners and their parents. Public comments will be taken at 7 p.m., followed by the superintendent's report at 7:15 p.m.

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