News for Monday, July 2, 2012

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1:27 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a fight at Hilltop Parkway and South Lincoln Avenue. Police arrested three men from Longmont on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Clay Artisans seek beneficiary for event

The Steamboat Clay Artisans are seeking a Routt County nonprofit organization to be the beneficiary of the 11th annual 2012 Soup Bowl Supper.

Steamboat's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo a go for launch

Steamboat’s annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, which helped to bring 10,000 visitors to town in 2011, has been deemed safe from the standpoint of fire danger and will go on as planned this weekend.

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Consumer Reports ranks Steamboat’s hospital safest in Colorado

Larry Bookman surprised his colleagues at Yampa Valley Medical Center when he eagerly showed off a Consumer Reports article that ranks YVMC as the safest hospital in Colorado.

Steamboat man arrested after scuffle with police

Police arrested a Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of six counts of felony assault after officers say he injured one officer’s elbow, kicked another in the groin and spit in the face of a third as he was being arrested Saturday night during the first Free Summer Concert Series of the season.

Jimmy Westlake: Bright planets light morning sky

It seems like something is missing from our evening sky. For the first several months of 2012, the dazzling “evening star” Venus dominated our evening sky as soon as the sun went down.

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Grasshoppers may be on the rise in Routt County

The unusually long winter of 2011 and the cold moisture that persisted into May of last year was supposed to have kept the lid on grasshopper populations in 2012. Now, there are early signs that ongoing drought has the insects poised to make a comeback.

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Tom Ross: Like a cellphone cowboy

When I spied Whit Gates astride his horse behind the scenes at the ranch rodeo at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Sunday, an old Glen Campbell song popped into my head and I couldn’t shake it for the rest of the day.

Steamboat City Council to revisit pay raises

Members also to consider enacting Stage 2 fire restrictions

Pay raises for city employees again will be the focus of a Steamboat Springs City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Steamboat's May sales tax numbers up from 2011

Total collections increased by more than 6 percent from last year. Year-to-date sales tax revenues are now about 1 percent above 2011 through the first five months of the year.

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Steamboat man injured while cliff jumping

The man took a leap at King Solomon Falls in extreme northern Routt County. It took rescuers 7 1/2 hours to reach him and lift him to an awaiting helicopter.