Steamboat briefs for Jan. 16

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Medical conditions did not lead to plane crash deaths

Autopsy results for William "Bill" Rooney Jr., 54, and William Patrick Rooney III, 26, show the father and son did not suffer from any medical problems before their plane crashed near the Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Sunday morning.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said the autopsy, completed Tuesday in Jefferson County, showed both men died from blunt force trauma as a result of the crash. Air Safety Investigator Tim LeBaron, of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Tuesday after an initial site inspection that the loss of aircraft control leading to the crash could have been caused by a number of factors including mechanical, environmental and medical circumstances.

Bud Werner invites public to say farewell to librarian

Bud Werner Memorial Library invites the public to say farewell to Currie Meyer, or "Ms. Currie," today at the library. Meyer has served as the children's librarian for the past eight years. Refreshments will be served after 3 p.m. at the library.

Hayden Police Chief Birch due to return next month

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch is expected to return to Hayden in mid-February.

Birch went to Iraq with the Air Force Reserves last summer. He's scheduled to leave in less than a month, he said in an e-mail. Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin doesn't expect him back at work until March.

Sgt. Gordon Booco and Officer Carla Steele are handling Birch's duties.

"I am looking forward to him coming back," Booco said. "We've all been stretched a little bit further than normal, and it'll be great to have another officer and have him back on board."

The new home of Birch's department will be partially built when he returns. The Hayden Police Station near the Haven Assisted Living Center basically is dried in. Crews were installing windows this week, Martin said.

"I think it's going to be an incredible building," Booco said.

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