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Law enforcement officials challenged to paintball

Alexis DeLaCruz

Routt County law enforcement agencies might have met their match in the form of local youths and lots and lots of paintballs.

A few months ago, Tim Taylor, 16, of Hayden, thought it might be a good idea to challenge the local police departments and Routt County Sheriff’s Office to a paintball tournament to raise money for the Routt County Crime Stoppers.

“It’s about kids getting along with the cops and having a good time,” he said.

Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization that awards money to residents who provide anonymous tips that help solve crimes. The organization started several years ago.

“This is for a good cause, and it’s something we like doing anyway, so we decided, why not?” said John Yager, 17, another teen organizing the tournament.

Steamboat Springs Public Safety Services Director J.D. Hays, Hayden police Officer Ed Corriveau and Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor have stepped up to the challenge and are working to make the event happen.

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“This needs to be a countywide project, and we’ll take the ball and run with it,” Dan Taylor said.

There will be a $4 admission fee for the event and, hopefully, a lot of local sponsorship and donations to raise money.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 13 at Hayden Speedway.

At a meeting Wednesday night, the main concern from the youths, Hays and Dan Taylor was getting enough people interested in the event to get it off the ground.

Yager said they have received some response from interested students from Hayden and there might be a group at Soroco High School, but Yager is hoping to get more Steamboat Springs students involved.

“It’s tough to get people involved because everyone is so busy,” Dan Taylor said.

The undersheriff also is concerned that there will be only a few students planning the entire thing, and he thinks that might be too much work for just a few people.

“It’s going to mean a lot of work for you guys,” he said.

There will be another meeting July 6 at the Sheriff’s Office when the current participants will be able to discuss the status of the project. From this meeting, Hays and Dan Taylor, who are advisers to the Crime Stoppers board, will suggest either going forward with the idea or letting it “die on the vine.”

The undersheriff said that he found information from several other organizations that had done something similar to what Routt County is trying to do and that they were all very successful.

“I think it will come together,” he said.

Thus far into the planning process, the fund-raiser has a marketing strategy, a poster and a lot of enthusiasm from the students and the law agencies already involved. The vendors and local businesses in Hayden and West Routt County that have been contacted have been willing to help with the event as well, Dan Taylor said.

For more information or to get involved, call Elise Bennett at 870-5527.

–To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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