Steamboat briefs: District Attorney working on underage drinking case


— Authorities still are investigating a suspected Jan. 10 underage drinking party and the man who is accused of supplying the alcohol to a group of underage girls.

Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said Monday he still is gathering information and talking to investigators, but he expects to offer suspect Ryan Atkinson a plea deal by March 17, Atkinson’s next court date. He said the case still is in its infancy and it’s unclear what the final deal will be. Atkinson, 25, was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and witness intimidation.

The 17-year-old girl who reportedly fell off a balcony at the party on Routt County Road 14B remains in serious condition at Craig Hospital in the Denver area, according to Routt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner.

City Council to discuss taxes, parking tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 5 p.m. today at Centennial Hall on 10th Street. The meeting includes a discussion of city tax structure and whether changes are needed; approval of a grant application for state funds to add a restroom to Little Toots Park; acknowledgement of new Yampa Valley Housing Authority board members; discussion of what to do with a projected $750,000 in extra, unallocated revenue from 2009; second and potentially final reading of an ordinance to change city sign codes; discussion of new parking regulations; and more. Call City Hall at 970-879-2060 or visit for more information.


Wayne Eller 6 years, 3 months ago

Pretty stupid of the DA to consider a PLEA when the charges have not even been determined or the investigation completed. Sure sounds like more Rostink administration. Already trying to figure an "easy out" instead of doing the job!


dave reynolds 6 years, 3 months ago

Throw the book at him prosecute him to the full extent of the law. There is a young lady in a coma, a direct result of his decision to buy alochol for minors. Then witness intimation this guy thinks he's bullet proof..If a plea bargin is struck then I agree with you justice...the DA is taking the easy way out. Then there is no justice for the young lady in a coma or her family


housepoor 6 years, 3 months ago

Extra 750K? How about some local stimulus towards advertising or and event that would bring tourist to town this summer?


Duke_bets 6 years, 3 months ago

paddlefisher - What is the fullest extent of the law in this case? Duke bets it's less than 90 days in regards to Colorado law. They let drug dealers off with 90 days or less all the time in Colorado.


Wayne Eller 6 years, 3 months ago

Lets be sure that justice is done by pressuring the DA to include full restitution of all medical expenses incurred, now and in the future, as a result of this guys stupidity. Wonder how he would feel if someone else had done this to H I S daughter?


freerider 6 years, 3 months ago

I thought the DA spends all it's time trying to figure out how to bring the SWEET PEA guys back to trial .....they spend the rest of their time prosecuting innocent men on domestic abuse cases....but only if the woman is a drunk abusive liar so they have a credible witness


dave reynolds 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm afraid I have to agree with you Duke he probably won't get much. Justice has a good point he should pay full restitution we'll see how it plays out. I do think he should be put in prison with no chance of parol ,then on probation for several years . Gosh that girl has been in a coma for a long time I pray she will be O K soon


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