Steamboat briefs: City to host Thursday open house about Yampa Street deal

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The city of Steamboat Springs and its police and fire departments are hosting an open house and community meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the proposed sale of the 840 Yampa St. public safety campus to Big Agnes as well as to present police and fire services relocation options and to discuss the future of Yampa Street. Food and beverages will be provided.

The city is proposing to sell its existing police station and downtown fire station to Big Agnes/Honey Stinger/BAP for $2.1 million. The sale would then necessitate construction of a new public safety campus to house the police and fire departments. The police department also would have to find a temporary location in which to operate until such a campus was constructed. The city’s proposal includes using reserve funds to pay for the new facility.

The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to vote on the 840 Yampa St. sales contract at its Dec. 18 meeting.

Lt. Col. Dysart was relieved of his command on Dec. 4

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Lt. Col. Jack Dysart, commander of the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, was relieved of his command by Capt. Robert Del Valle at a ceremony Dec. 4 at First Baptist Church.

Lt. Col. Jack Dysart, commander of the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, was relieved of his command by Capt. Robert Del Valle at a ceremony Dec. 4 at First Baptist Church, according to a news release.

Dysart joined the squadron in April 1997 and commanded from 2003 to 2012. He is an experienced search and rescue mission pilot for Civil Air Patrol. Dysart also served in the U.S. Navy specializing in expeditionary logistics, and he retired in 2007 as a captain in the Supply Corps, according to the release.

“His extraordinary organizational skills and attention to detail has maintained the squadron’s operational readiness and kept us in favor with Colorado Wing Command Staff,” Del Valle, who will take command of the Steamboat squadron, said in the release.

Del Valle, an aerospace enthusiast and pilot since age 16, has worked in many roles as part of the Steamboat squadron, including deputy commander since 1999, mission pilot, aerospace education officer and cadet orientation pilot, according to the release. He also is the deputy chief of police for the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

Also as part of the ceremony, awards were given to squadron members, including:

■ Commander’s Commendation to Capt. Del Valle, Maj. Dennis Kinder, 2nd Lt. Carrie Gibbs and Cadet 1st Lt. Noah Gibbs.

■ Two-year service ribbon to Cadet 2nd Lt. Aidan Gibbs and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Heald.

■ Billy Mitchell Award to Cadet 2nd Lt. Aidan Gibbs.

■ Ribbons for serving at the Colorado and Wyoming Wing encampments to Cadets Rio Graab, Wilder Gray, Aidan Gibbs, Noah Gibbs, Andrea Houston, Joshua Heald, Morgan Gray and Anthony Sisto.

Six cadet basic airmen also were sworn in, and Cadet Erus Harrington received recognition for his enthusiasm for the cadet program, according to the release.

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

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