Steamboat briefs: Meeting tonight to discuss sexual assaults, rumors

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The Steamboat Springs Police Department and Advocates Building Peaceful Communities are hosting a town-hall-style meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., to discuss recent sexual assaults. Police and victims’ advocates will discuss recent rumors and reported sexual assaults in Steamboat Springs. The event is free and open to the public.

County commissioners to hold budget hearing today

The Routt County Board of Commissioners host a public hearing about the county’s proposed 2010 budget from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Routt County Courthouse, in the Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor. County Finance Director Dan Strnad is projecting about $47.3 million in revenues and about $48.2 million in expenditures next year. The budget proposes to end the county furlough program as of Jan. 1, 2010, and decrease the pay cut for county staff from 10 percent to 5 percent, compared with pay levels at the beginning of 2009. The county has an equivalent of about 265 full-time employees. Adoption of the county’s 2010 budget is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Dec. 15 in the hearing room. Call Strnad at 870-5313.

Builders group places Toy for Tots boxes across town

The Home Builders Association of Steamboat Springs has placed Toys for Tots collection boxes at All That Jazz; Alpine Bank; City Market; Embellishments; Epilogue Book Co.; F.M. Light & Sons; Laurel Street Preschool; Off The Beaten Path; Safeway; Snow Bowl; Steamboat Ski Area, through Dianne Stoyko at 970-871-5403; and Steamboat Motors. The association is accepting new, unwrapped toys; new or gently used coats; scarves; gloves; hats; sweaters; and winter items. Members also will collect goods during the Community Tree Lighting, from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. If you or someone you know is in need, call Kelly Stanford at the Routt County United Way, at 879-5605. HBA members will distribute toys Dec. 21 to 23 at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Powerball winner claims prize; got ticket at Safeway

Colorado Lottery spokeswoman Erika Gonzalez said this week that the buyer of a winning Powerball ticket last month at the Safeway grocery store in Steamboat Springs has stepped forward to claim his prize. Gonzalez said Benjamin Connolly, of Wheatland, Wyo., bought the ticket that won $200,000. Connolly claimed the prize at Colorado Lottery’s Fort Collins office. His winning ticket matched five of the six Powerball numbers from the Oct. 21 drawing. Those numbers were 6, 16, 34 and 51, and the Powerball number was 4.

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