Steamboat briefs: Crash still being investigated that closed US Highway 40 |

Steamboat briefs: Crash still being investigated that closed US Highway 40

Diane Mitsch Bush

A car crash Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden still is under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol this week.

Sgt. Scott Elliott said three crashes had occurred involving five cars about nine miles east of Hayden at the east entrance of Mount Harris Canyon.

The most serious was a head-on crash involving two cars driven by Hayden residents who were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Elliott said Mona Kent was driving east when she lost control and went into the westbound lane and collided with a car driven by Delia MacDonald. MacDonald since has been released from the hospital.

Elliott said that Kent was transferred to another hospital and that troopers hoped to find out more about the crash once she was released.

Another crash occurred when a driver stopped to check on the people involved in the first crash and the driver's car was sideswiped. The driver was taken to YVMC and released soon after.

The third crash occurred when a driver lost control of his or her pickup and crashed into a guardrail.

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No one suffered injuries thought to be life threatening.

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra seeks lodging

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is seeking lodging for its out-of-town musicians performing in the Feb. 10 Steamboat Celebration Concert. The group will pay for professional cleaning after the musicians leave as well as provide complimentary tickets to the concert or a charitable receipt for tax purposes. Musicians arrive Thursday and depart Feb. 11. Those who are interested are asked to call 970-870-3223.

Mitsch Bush has 1st piece of legislation signed into law

Freshman State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, had her first piece of legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The bill moves the Colorado Avalanche Information Center back to the Department of Natural Resources. Last year, it was moved to the School of Mines as part of legislation that moved the Geological Survey to the school.

"Our Avalanche Information Center is the best in the country and this quick fix will ensure it continues to be," Mitsch Bush said in a news release. "The center is vitally important to public safety as well as the economic vitality of the Western Slope and Colorado. Our tourism and recreation industries rely on the information provided by the center, making this fix a crucial one."

Register for next week's Winter Carnival events

■ All registrations for this year's Winter Carnival street events for children will be handled online, with the registration period opening at 10 a.m. today. To register, visit http://www.steamboat

tion. For more information, call 970-875-7005. The 100th Winter Carnival is Wednesday to Feb. 10, with the street events taking place Feb. 9 and 10. Check out this week's Sunday Pilot & Today for an in-depth look at the 100 years of Steamboat's Winter Carnival, as well as complete event schedules and information.

■ The deadline to enter the Winter Carnival Diamond Hitch Parade is 5 p.m. today. Parade entry forms are available at or by calling 970-879-0695, ext. 100. The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers who hold on to points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled street. The parade is at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10.

■ The Soda Pop Slalom is at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 on Stampede Run at Steamboat Ski Area. The race is open to any skier or snowboarder who is in fifth grade or a U10 participant or younger. Preregistration is required by 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which is open from 3 to 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Participants must have a Winter Carnival button, which can be purchased for $10 at registration. For more information, call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100.

Lauryn Bruggink named to president's list with 4.0 GPA

Lauryn Bruggink, a 2012 graduate of Soroco High School, was named to the president's list with a 4.0 GPA in her first semester at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. She is a freshman and is studying pre-med.

Broomball tournament for high school students today

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a broomball tournament for high school students beginning at 9:15 p.m. today at Howelsen Ice Arena. The cost is $3 per person, and there will be prizes for the winning team. All participants must sign a waiver, and players younger than 18 must have their parents co-sign the waiver. Waivers are available in the Steamboat Springs High School office. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 970-879-4300.

February exercise events at Old Town Hot Springs

Fitness programs

■ The monthlong health and fitness self challenge is under way. The program is designed to motivate participants to increase their physical activity to stay healthy and fit. Participants can win prizes including an adult membership for one year to Old Town Hot Springs. The challenge runs through February.

■ New class Fierce 4 focuses on cardio, strength, power and plyometric movements. The class meets at 12:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and is free to members. Instructors are Ronni, Penny, Sam or Simonne.

Swim programs

■ Fit For Life is moving to 8:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The class is a great way to start your day stretching, strengthening, toning or rehabbing an injury. It's great for seniors, too.

■ Master swim sessions take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays with Hadley Nylen, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays with Jill Ruppel, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays with Sam Huff, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. The classes include a variety of sets (distance and sprint) to improve strokes. Swimmers are encouraged to swim within their comfort range, and all levels are welcome. Durring Huff's classes, the coach will give special focus to those who might want it. Focuses include body position, breathing and sculling Thursday, flutter kick Feb. 14, arm stroke and recovery Feb. 21 and tying it all together Feb. 28. It is free to members and no extra cost to visitors.

■ Comp Team Tune Up is March 4 to April 18. The practices are for returning Team Lightning swimmers who have completed at least one season on the development team. The focus is on technique improvement, development of good practice habits and preparation for the summer season. Early bird registration open through Feb. 18 at the front desk. The cost is $150 for the first child, $100 for the second child and $60 for each additional child. $20 is added to the cost after Feb. 18. Swim practices will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

■ Registration is open for the Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series. The swims are held Monday nights in July. Sign up at

Safety programs

■ American Red Cross Certification classes for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator and first aid are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1. The Red Cross classes cost $60, and Alexis Wolf is the instructor. Preregister at the front desk.

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