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Steamboat briefs: Police say man arrested after fleeing into Yampa River

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers went to the 3200 block of Apr├Ęs Ski Way at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a violation of a restraining order. Brian Richard Bifulco, the man they were looking for, reportedly got into a taxi as officers were on their way and was taken to Dream Island Plaza. Officers met him there, but the 42-year-old Bifulco reportedly got on a bicycle and tried to flee.

Sgt. Gerard Geis said Bifulco rode his bicycle into the Yampa River behind West Lincoln Park, near the 13th Street Bridge. Officers then coaxed Bifulco to get out of the river and took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center to be checked and treated for minor injuries before they arrested him on suspicion of violation of a protection order.

Steamboat releases final May sales tax collection

The city of Steamboat Springs released final May sales tax collection figures Wednesday. Collections were down 7.4 percent for the month from May 2009, $909,925 to $842,645. Preliminary reports had shown a 7.6 percent decrease. The city's collections were down about 4.9 percent year to date, from nearly $7.6 million in 2009 to nearly $7.2 million in 2010.

Lodging barometer predicts near 80 percent occupancy

This weekend is expected to be busy, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer. The forecast shows that 81 percent of visitor pillows are expected to be occupied Saturday night, amounting to 11,100 people in town. That would be an increase from the 10,800 people in town for the same weekend in 2009.

Last weekend, for the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park, the town saw 10,000 visitors, a 73 percent occupancy rate. That's 1,300 more than were expected but 400 fewer than last year.

The barometer forecasts 6,300 visitors for Wednesday and 6,900 for July 24.

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