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Officials prepare for wildfire season

Routt County and Colorado is once again on high alert as a dry winter gives way to wildfire season.

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YVMC honored for support of military service

Six weeks after starting his job as an emergency room technician at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Bret Martin was called to serve.

Hayden resident wants to start marijuana growing operation

Rodney McGowen says he has never smoked pot and twice voted against legalizing it, but now the Hayden resident wants to grow it commercially.

Man suing Steamboat police department arrested for theft, forgery

A man who is suing the Steamboat Springs Police Department for excessive use of force was arrested last week.

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Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

During the past two years, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been subject to three federal lawsuits from people claiming excessive use of force by officers. A fourth lawsuit is expected to be filed soon. City officials have not commented on the lawsuits because of the pending litigation, but an audio recording from a police department staff meeting in October offers some insight.

Police sergeant: Patrol division ‘wholeheartedly’ supportive of Rae, DelValle

Despite accusations against Steamboat Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, the patrol division at the department is “wholeheartedly” supportive of their leaders, according to a sergeant.

May horse sale planned in Hayden

According to Hayden resident Medora Fralick, there are a lot of people looking for horses right now, so it's a great time to sell.

Coogan out, new police investigator named

Steamboat Springs city officials announced Thursday night they have chosen a new investigator to look into allegations against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

Water samples at Rabbit Ears Pass spill site similar to other test sites

A company hired to do water quality sampling in the area where a chemical spill occurred March 13 on Rabbit Ears Pass has some good news.

Man suspected of stealing car, possessing drugs

A 41-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of stealing a car, possessing drugs and introducing contraband into the Routt County Jail.

Preliminary hearing dates set for woman charged with murder

Kristen Johnson appeared in court Wednesday. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28-29.

Hayden Town Council to consider request pertaining to garage sales

A Hayden resident is asking the Hayden Town Council to consider the impacts of some regularly-occurring garage sales in town.

Click It or Ticket campaign begins Monday

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers this week will be on the lookout for drivers who are not buckled up.

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Steamboat police chief, deputy chief put on paid administrative leave

Steamboat Springs City Administrator Deb Hinsvark announced Friday afternoon that Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle have been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into serious allegations by former detective Dave Kleiber.

Investigator's career was not free of controversy

Despite periods of controversy during Heather Coogan's lengthy law enforcement career, Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark is confident Coogan is the right person to investigate allegations against the police department.

Charges filed against Kristen Johnson

The Routt County District Attorney Office on Thursday filed charges against Kristen Johnson, the woman being held in connection with the death of long-time Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

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Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

Former detective Dave Kleiber on Wednesday night pleaded with the Steamboat Springs City Council to conduct a fair, transparent and objective investigation into allegations he has made against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle.

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Hayden School District Superintendent Trudy Vader resigns

School Board President Brian Hoza said Vader will work for the remainder of her one-year contract, which expires June 30.

Former police chief tapped to lead Steamboat Police Department investigation

Steamboat City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Heather Coogan will be paid $150 per hour. Hinsvark has said the investigation could take 60 to 90 days.

Public will be allowed to comment at emergency meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the city's upcoming investigation into the damaging accusations of misconduct against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle.

Police pursuit in Steamboat ends in arrest

A police pursuit that passed through Steamboat Springs Monday morning ended with a 39-year-old Castle Rock woman being arrested.

Preliminary hearing scheduled for man charged with murder

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 9 and 10 for Lucas Johnson, the man who has been charged with murdering longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Brewery approved for Hayden

The Yampa Valley Brewing Company has gotten the green light to open a brewery in downtown Hayden.

Former Steamboat detective criticizes police department leadership

Former Steamboat detective criticizes police department leadership

An email from a former detective is being distributed in the Steamboat Springs community with damaging accusations against the chief and deputy chief of police.

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Marijuana industry continues to evolve in Routt County

The recreational marijuana industry has already changed during the first year of sales, and the evolution is destined to continue.

The Record for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

6:29 p.m. Officers were called to check on the welfare of a man at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. An officer found the man and observed him fall several times while skateboarding. An open bottle of Fireball whiskey was found in the man’s backpack and was poured out. He was given a ride home and released to a sober roommate.

Charges filed against man accused of murdering Zimmerman

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed charges against Lucas Johnson, the man suspected of murdering longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Brewery eyed for Hayden

Plans for a brewery in Hayden are closer to becoming a reality.

Two men arrested after St. Patrick's Day brawl

Two Steamboat Springs men face assault charges after a Tuesday night St. Patrick's Day brawl near Marketplace Plaza.

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Chemical spill cleanup continues on Rabbit Ears Pass

It could take three weeks for a crew to excavate the area where 42,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals were spilled after a tanker truck rolled over Friday on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Clean-up efforts underway after chemical spill on Rabbit Ears Pass

An estimated 42,000 pounds of the chemical triazine spilled from a tanker truck Wednesday after rolling over on U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Police stepping up DUI enforcement

Beginning Friday, Colorado police are ramping up their DUI enforcement to coincide with St. Patrick's Day.

Attorneys request new hearing dates for couple

Attorneys have requested that hearings scheduled for Friday be delayed for the couple being held on charges related to the Edward Zimmerman homicide.

Keeping kids and roads free of marijuana still a focus for police

During the first year of legalized pot sales in Steamboat Springs, police issued more tickets to people who were younger than 21 and suspected of possessing marijuana.

Attorney discloses possible homicide motive

Court documents filed Wednesday shed some new light on a possible motive for the slaying of Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Man suspected of brandishing knife on bus

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been charged with two felonies related to an incident on a city bus where a man said he was threatened with a knife.

District Attorney's Office plans to appeal chief judge's decision

The Routt County District Attorney's Office has asked a district court judge to hold off on appointing a special prosecutor to prosecute a high-ranking Colorado official.

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More than 100 pounds of marijuana was seized from Johnson residence

The couple is being held at the Routt County Jail on suspicion of charges related to first-degree murder. The case involves the death of Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman, who was reported missing March 7. His remains were discovered last week.

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Zimmerman remembered as loving father who lived life to the fullest

Friends and family members remember Edward Zimmerman as a wonderful father who was passionate about the outdoors, especially snowboarding.

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Remains identified as missing longtime Routt County resident

The Routt County Sheriff's Office on Friday confirmed that the remains of missing longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman were discovered this week.

North Routt Fire Protection District awarded $175,000 grant

The North Routt Fire Protection District learned last week it was awarded a $175,000 grant from energy impact funds distributed by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

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Judges denies bond for man accused of first-degree murder

A Routt County couple is being held at the Routt County Jail on suspicion of charges related to first-degree murder, and authorities still have not disclosed what they know about Edward Zimmerman, who was reported missing Saturday.

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Routt County couple arrested on first-degree murder charges

Before being able to post a $10,000 bond, a man being held at Routt County Jail was booked on charges of first-degree murder, according to Routt County Court records.

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DA: Suspect "at large" in case involving missing Stagecoach man

Authorities on Wednesday were still saying very little about the investigation into the disappearance of 46-year-old Stagecoach resident Edward Zimmerman.

Hayden officials to continue discussion about residency requirements

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to continue its discussion of policies affecting town employees.

Sheriff's Office investigating disappearance of Stagecoach man

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is releasing very little information related to the investigation of a missing Routt County man.

Twentymile Mine asks to mine additional acres

Routt County's Twentymile Coal Mine is asking permission from the federal government to mine coal from an additional 310 acres under ground.

Steamboat snow totals rebound in February

Snowfall at the Steamboat Ski Area rebounded in February with 57.75 inches of snow recorded during the month at mid-mountain.

Man who drove wrong car suspected of DUI

A Steamboat Springs visitor was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he accidentally took someone else's car and got into an accident.

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Sunshine Kids focus on fun, not cancer, during week-long camp

As 15-year-old Carson Hilliker eyed the moguls from the top of Surprise, instructor Greg Dalsis warned it would be a challenging ski run. Carson, who is in remission and in August will be cancer-free for two years, did not hesitate and dropped in.