News in brief for June 6
June 5, 2005
Rain creates rockslide on U.S. Highway 40
A rockslide on U.S. Highway 40 between milemarkers 115 and 116 delayed traffic for about an hour and a half Saturday morning.
The rockslide left a huge boulder that blocked the westbound lane, Routt County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Weber said. No vehicles were hit by the rockslide.
“We definitely got lucky,” Weber said. “Nobody was injured.”
A driver with a cell phone notified law enforcement about the rockslide at about 8:13 a.m.
The Colorado Department of Transportation removed the boulder and other rocks and debris with a front-end loader, Weber said. The debris was taken and dumped elsewhere.
Officials with the Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to keep traffic moving through the open lane until the rocks were removed.
LIFT-UP gets 1-acre
property on Curve Court
LIFT-UP of Routt County has signed the paperwork to buy a 1-acre lot on Curve Court, where it will build its central, permanent location. The organization closed on the property Friday.
“That positions us to move forward with the building project,” LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said.
The property was purchased with a $285,000 Community Development Block grant from the Department of Local Affairs. The proposed 8,100-square-foot building for LIFT-UP’s Steamboat offices is estimated to cost between $900,000 and $1.1 million, of which LIFT-UP is working to raise $500,000 in local funds.
In 2004, LIFT-UP served more than 3,000 clients, a third of which were children, through its food bank and emergency assistance program. Each year, it gives out about $150,000 worth of food and emergency assistance.
Ranch Rodeo entry
forms are available
Entry forms for the July 3 Ranch Rodeo are available at Soda Creek Western Mercantile and at Mountain Valley Bank. The Ranch Rodeo is a part of Cowboy Round-Up Days. The rodeo will be limited to the first 20 teams. Call 879-3146.
Yampa Valley Medical Center seeking volunteers
Yampa Valley Medical Center is looking for volunteers to help with its Kiddie Kuddler program and to help residents in the Doak Walker Care Center. Call volunteer coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 870-1146.