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Gary E. Salazar

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Inquiry details revealed

Feldmann faces no charges, but trip raises questions

Former Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann advanced himself $3,300 in federal drug money so that he and his wife could attend a conference in San Francisco, according to an investigation summary filed by Fifth Judicial District Attorney Michael Goodbee.

Woman gets probation for false accusation

A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was placed on one year of probation for falsely accusing a Routt County Sheriff's deputy of sexually assaulting her in February.

Charges avoided

Ex-DA Feldmann's expense fund was being investigated

No charges will be filed against former prosecutor Charles Feldmann following a yearlong investigation into his use of an expense fund.

Duckels charged for errant blast

Fred Duckels has been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor for an errant dynamite blast that injured a young girl and caused damage to a neighboring property.

County awards more bids

Companies chosen for fairgrounds arena work

Routt County continues to award construction bids in an informal fashion to ensure an arena is complete in time for the 88th Routt County Fair.

Decision on ex-prosecutor near

DA sends packet to court stating whether he'll file charges

One year after Charles Feldmann resigned his post as a prosecutor in Steamboat Springs, an envelope with a decision whether he faces criminal charges is on its way to Routt County Court.

Commissioners reject cabin plans on west side

For more than a year, Reed and Paula Stephenson used an area plan to develop an affordable housing project west of Steamboat Springs.

Weather station needs funding

How quickly a new weather radio station will be up and operating will depend on how fast donations from the community come in.

Man released from prison after stabbing

A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs man whose 1999 conviction on first-degree assault charges was overturned in April was released from prison Monday on a personal recognizance bond.

Wildlife commission holds meeting in Craig

Raftopoulos will field questions about chronic wasting disease

State wildlife officials will gather in Craig tonight for a public meeting to discuss a number of topics, including chronic wasting disease.

New Zealand man faces vehicle theft charges

A 24-year-old New Zealand man faces numerous charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle from downtown Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning.

Woman survives fatal accident

Authorities suspect driver fell asleep

A 48-year-old Walden woman walked away from an accident Saturday where a truck rolled numerous times killing the driver.

Driver killed in accident on Rabbit Ears Pass

Man apparently fell asleep at the wheel traveling

A 45-year-old Walden man was killed Saturday afternoon in an accident where a truck plunged 100 feet off Rabbit Ears Pass.

Selfless sacrifices

Routt County Human Services worker honored by state for service, dedication to helping children

Even after receiving a prestigious state award from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Michael Sidinger brushes it aside like it is no big deal.

Overturned semi spills wood chips on pass

A semitrailer accident spilled thousands of pounds of wood chips onto U.S. 40, which delayed traffic on the east side of Rabbit Ears Friday.

Jeep thief gets five years

Steamboat man says he will strive to better himself

A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing two Jeep Cherokees last summer.

Judge sentences former Steamboat resident to one year in jail for theft

For entering a neighbor's home and stealing 15 compact discs, a former Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to one year in jail because of his prior criminal history.

Suspect may have taken own life

Man accused of touching family member inappropriately

Hours after a 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man was released from jail because of allegations of sexual activity with a family member, authorities suspect he took his own life.

Gun locks being handed out

SSPD distributing safety devices for free

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is giving away free gun locks to residents through the nationwide campaign of Project HomeSafe.

Steamboat man faces sexually related charge

A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been jailed in lieu of $20,000 because of allegations he improperly touched a family member, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

Carriers resume rural delivery

Postmaster warns about 'copycats'

Today, local postal carriers will cautiously resume delivering mail to rural mailboxes regardless of whether the door is open or closed.

Five Pine gets fairgrounds' bid

The construction manager who will coordinate the building of the Routt County Fairgrounds arena is confident it can be completed in time for the fair.

Sheriff seizes Duckels' explosives license permit

Explosives licenses held by a local construction owner have been suspended by a state agency after allegations that an errant dynamite blast that caused damage to neighboring homes and injured a young girl was done illegally.

Mail delivery policy changes

Rural customers must leave mailboxes open in wake of recent bombings

Steamboat Springs Postmaster Bill Butler on Tuesday ordered his postal carriers not to deliver mail to any rural mailbox in Routt County that does not have its door open. The policy is being implemented statewide following a rash of pipe bombs across the country, including one found Monday in Colorado.

Youths may face felony charges in cart fire

A prank in the early morning hours Sunday may result in felony charges for two Steamboat Springs boys.

Arena may be open by fair

County officials expected to hire project ma

With a construction manager expected to be on board by the end of today, Routt County officials said Monday the new arena for the fairgrounds is back on track to open in time for the fair.

Oh, what a sight!

View of planetary alignment happens once every 60 years

Since the end of April, local astronomer Jimmy Westlake has made it a point to gaze toward the western horizon.

Duckels may be charged for blast

A local construction company owner may face criminal charges for an errant dynamite blast at a construction site that propelled debris onto neighboring homes and also hit a young girl in the head.

Blast rocks subdivision

Explosion sends debris flying onto houses, children in Steamboat II

Local and state authorities are investigating a construction dynamite blast that sent flying debris on nearby homes and also hit a 6-year-old girl in the head.

Hayden subdivision waiting on water evaluation

Before county officials approve of a land preservation subdivision south of Hayden, officials want to make sure enough water is available to serve the development.

Residents face felony charges for growing marijuana

Two Steamboat Springs men face a felony charge for allegedly growing marijuana in a West Acres mobile home.

Arena needs project manager

Although Routt County is taking steps to build a new arena for the fairgrounds, the facility may not be completed for the upcoming fair in August.

Redistricting reshapes commissioner race

Ken Brenner knew unseating Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison would be a daunting task, but a mere 50 yards has eliminated the Steamboat Springs man from the race before a single vote can be cast.

Fire station wins approval

Construction could start this month in North Routt

The North Routt Fire Protection District will take bids for the construction of a new fire station now that the station has gained the approval of the Routt County Planning Commission.

Commission restricts housing plan

Restrictions by the Routt County Planning Commission have jeopardized a property owner's plans to provide affordable housing west of Steamboat Springs.

On the right track

Sailors cruise to easy victory at first home meet of the season

Call it a glorified practice. That's how the coaches and athletes viewed it.

Fire station plans unveiled

Routt County Planning Commission will hear proposal at tonight's meeting

The North Routt Fire District is ready to move ahead with plans for its new fire station now that the district has secured funding and land for the building.

Search for closure

Parents of missing girl lend assistance in Junction case

For Paul and Ramona Blee, helping to search for a missing Grand Junction woman and her daughter has helped the couple cope with the loss of their own daughter who vanished more than 20 years ago.

Airport partnership applies for funding

A public and private partnership trying to improve summer and winter air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport has submitted an application for $1.1 million to the U.S. Department of Transportat

DOW awaits test results

Culling efforts completed Friday

More than 400 deer and elk were killed in a five-day period in an effort by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to try and control the chronic wasting disease outbreak in Northwest Colorado.

Probe of former DA nears end

Misuse of expense fund center of controversy

A decision on whether former 14th Judicial District Attorney Charles Feldmann misused an expense fund is expected to be made next week.

Rash of attempted burglaries occurring in town

One successful burglary and two other attempts earlier this week have authorities cautioning residents and businesses to take extra precaution.

Man charged in check-forging scheme

18-year-old allegedly stole $600 from mother

An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly stealing $600 from his mother in February.

Ex-inmate allegedly assaulted during extradition

Woman claims she was sexually assaulted, threatened and harassed during trip here from Nevada

A former Routt County inmate has filed a lawsuit against a Denver company claiming she was sexually assaulted and subjected to unsafe and inhumane conditions during extradition from Nevada to Steamboat Springs.

Deer, elk culling efforts continue

100 more animals have been killed this week in effort to control CWD

Division of Wildlife officials have killed about 100 deer and elk since Monday around a Routt County ranch where a chronic wasting disease outbreak has been discovered. Weather has hampered the efforts of 32 DOW agents killing deer and elk around a five-mile radius of the Motherwell Ranch, which is southwest of Hayden.

Group looks at land swap

Partnership trying to make deal with Land Board, BLM

The Emerald Mountain Partnership has started to focus on more than 200 parcels of federal property in Routt County to determine if the land can be traded for Emerald Mountain.

County OKs development plan

Commissioners approve new judicial facility

Routt County commissioners finished eight months of work Tuesday when they approved a development plan for a new judicial facility.

Judicial facility takes big step

County officials will look at development plan

Today, Routt County officials can take a major stride in their mission to build a new judicial facility in Steamboat Springs.

CWD outbreak confirmed

DOW must kill all deer and elk within five-mile radius of Motherwell Ranch

Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists will start an effort today to wipe out all deer and elk within a five-mile radius of a Routt County elk ranch where five deer have been found with chronic wasting disease.

Steamboat doctor's condition improves

A Steamboat Springs doctor was released from a Grand Junction hospital Monday after a motorcycle landed on him in a Sunday afternoon accident in Moffat County.

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