Steamboat briefs: Search for Brian Stothart paused due to high water

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— The search for Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stothart likely will be suspended until water levels recede, Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson said Monday.

Stothart disappeared during a kayaking trip on the Encampment River in Wyoming on June 13.

The water is "still running fast and hard," Colson said. "It may be three weeks before it starts going down."

Emergency responders will continue to monitor the water level in the coming weeks, Colson said.

Colson said he has gathered statements from the people who were with Stothart on the river and that he does not expect the investigation to continue. He said it appears that it was a "tragic accident."

Train fire spreads to brush; firefighters contain blaze

A fire that spread from a Union Pacific train locomotive burned about 100 square feet of brush near Yampa at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The fire was first spotted on the moving train by a motorist, according to information relayed over radio by Routt County Communications. Yampa Fire Protection District emergency responders and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the fire when the train stopped. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within 20 minutes.

Initial reports indicated the fire was caused by a mechanical malfunction on the train but no confirmation of the cause or the extent of damage to the train was available from deputies or Yampa Fire on Monday night.

South Routt School Board OKs $7.3 million budget

South Routt School Board members unanimously approved the preliminary 2009-10 budget June 18. The $7.3 million budget will be amended in November after the district determines its final student enrollment for the 2009-10 school year. Colorado public school districts are funded on a per-pupil basis, so exact revenues can't be determined until after the Oct. 1 pupil count.

So far, 440 students have enrolled for school next year, but that number could fluctuate by fall. The School Board will formally approve a final budget to be submitted to the state by Jan. 31, 2010.

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