Steamboat Briefs: Rotary Club offers 4-week exchange to Australia

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When it's the middle of winter in Steamboat Springs, it's the height of summer in Australia. What better time to visit and become engrossed in the richness of the local culture?

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs is looking for a young professional between the ages of 25 and 40 who would be interested in and benefit from a four-week vocational and cultural exchange to northeast New South Wales. All travel expenses are paid by Rotary International, and the Group Study Exchange team members will stay with host Rotarians in New South Wales.

The four-week exchange will take place from Feb. 6 to March 13, 2010. The team members must have been fully employed in their profession with a minimum of two years experience. Applicants must be willing to devote one weekend a month prior to departure for orientation sessions.

Completed applications are due to the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs no later than Monday. For more information, call Brent Boyer at 871-4221 or Jim Steinberg at 879-3718.

Drug case delayed as lawyers work on deal

A preliminary hearing for Jose Orduno-Acuna, one of the three men arrested in an All Crimes Enforcement Team raid in August, was delayed Thursday as the public defender and prosecutors worked to strike a deal.

Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann said that because a new conspiracy charge was added Wednesday and because Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham was out of town, the two sides could not reach an agreement, and the case should be delayed. The preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 12, and a status conference was scheduled for Oct. 28.

Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza, represented by Randy Salky, was in court for Orduno-Acuna's hearing and also rescheduled his hearing for the same time.

The men, along with Alexander Ochoa-Espinoza, are accused of possession of a half-pound of cocaine and a pound of methamphetamine.

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