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Routt County Clerk, Recorder Kim Bonner to run for re-election

Kim Bonner, Routt County Clerk and Recorder, has announced she will run for another term. If re-elected, this will be Bonner's fourth term as clerk and recorder as she served two terms from 1984 to 1991. 

Bonner said she wants to oversee several large changes that will be happening in her office due to the passage of Propositions 107 and 108 as well as the pending conversion to a new statewide motor vehicle system.

Proposition 108 requires the Election Office to automatically send unaffiliated voters both a Republican and Democratic ballot in the mail, giving them the chance to decide which ballot they wish to vote. An unaffiliated voter can also choose to select a party preference, which would mean they would receive that ballot to vote but would still remain unaffiliated. This law will change the way Primary Elections are run throughout the state beginning with this year's June 26 election.

Proposition 107 requires the state to hold a Presidential Primary election in March of 2020. Again, unaffiliated voters will be allowed to vote without declaring a party affiliation.

The Clerk's Office motor vehicle staff has also begun online training for the new motor vehicle software and will follow through this spring and summer with hands-on training with the Department of Revenue. All 64 counties will go live on Aug. 6.

In addition to these changes, the Clerk's Office has taken on additional accounting-related duties with the new financial software system the county implemented on Jan. 2. 

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"Even though there are a lot of new laws and processes affecting the Clerk's Office, it's exciting to see them come to fruition and be an active participant in the implementation," Bonner said in a news release. "Ultimately, we should see more voter participation in the primary elections and more efficiencies in the motor vehicle department."

Steamboat student named to Midland University dean's list

Jarret Walt, of Steamboat Springs, has been named to the fall 2017 dean's list at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. To qualify for the list, students must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99. 

Sleeping Giant Society created to honor givers

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation announced the launch of the Sleeping Giant Society, a gift planning initiative. The Sleeping Giant Society honors individuals who have committed to supporting the Yampa Valley beyond their lifetimes.

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation will host an open house to celebrate the newly established Sleeping Giant Society and honor members of the society from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at YVCF offices, 385 Anglers Drive, Suite B, Steamboat Springs.