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YAMPA VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION JOINS RELIEF EFFORTThe Yampa Valley Community Foundation is working in partnership with the local fire, law enforcement and safety services to help Routt County residents deal with the tragic events of Sept. 11 with a Victims’ Relief Fund and community event.

Residents may contribute to the national and local rescue efforts through the Victims’ Relief Fund at the foundation. On Oct. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m., “A Community Gathering of Compassion and Hope” will be held on the courthouse lawn where residents can connect to express their patriotism and community response.

The Victims’ Relief Fund has been established at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation with a donation of $10,000 from the foundation and a local donor. Eighty percent of the funds will be earmarked to aid victims of the terrorist attacks and 20 percent will remain in Routt County in a victims’ fund to aid our local safety providers and residents involved in tragedies. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the YVCF-Victims’ Relief Fund, P.O. Box 774965, Steamboat Springs, 80477.

JOHNSON MURDER TRIAL TO BE MOVED TO LARIMER COUNTY

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson will be moved to Larimer County because extensive media coverage in Routt County would make it difficult to select a fair jury here, a judge ruled Wednesday.

“It would be extremely difficult, but not impossible, to empanel a fair and impartial jury in Routt County,” said Justice Joseph P. Quinn. “But these circumstances require a change of venue.”

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It is the second time in seven years a Steamboat Springs murder trial has been moved.

Johnson is accused of stabbing 31-year-old Lori Bases to death in her Steamboat Boulevard apartment in May 2000. He faces charges of first-degree murder and criminal trespass and mischief.

CITY BACKS PLAN TO DESIGNATE COLORADO LAND AS WILDERNESS

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously to support a grass-roots campaign to designate 1.6 million acres in Colorado as wilderness last week.

None of the new acreage proposed is in Routt County, but more than 300,000 acres is being proposed for Moffat County.

The city joined a growing group of local businesses, community groups and residents who have gotten behind the proposal, which would cut off about 16 percent of Colorado’s 8.4 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management to motorized and mechanical uses as well as new drilling leases. It would also limit the use of 300,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land.