Tanker crash spills jet fuel, closes US Highway 40 east of Hayden
February 2, 2018
A fuel tanker carrying jet fuel crashed as it attempted to turn onto Routt County Road 51A off U.S. Highway 40 about 3:20 p.m Friday. The tanker was flipped onto its side and began leaking jet fuel onto the highway.
U.S. 40 was closed in the vicinity of the crash, and traffic was re-routed via Routt County Road 37.
Colorado State Patrol and the Routt County Sheriff's Office were among the agencies that responded to the scene.
Newspaper to host community event at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday
The Steamboat Pilot & Today will host Coffee and a Newspaper from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Ad Director Julia Hebard will present findings form the newspaper's 2017 readers surveys. The event is free and open to the community. Coffee and pastries will be served.
Troopers to conduct Super Bowl impaired driving enforcement
Colorado State Patrol troopers and local law enforcement agencies will be working a focused saturation patrol in Routt County with the intention of detecting and deterring drivers operating motor vehicles while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
Troopers in Troop 4B, which encompasses Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Grand and Jackson counties, investigated 126 injury crashes in 2017, and of these crashes, 11 involved drivers impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Additionally, 17 fatal crashes have occurred in the troop during this same time.
The Colorado State Patrol asks drivers to please drive sober, wear your safety belts, do not become distracted while driving, and allow ample time for travel this Super Bowl weekend.
Library screens Dance on Film breakdances around the world
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre present a Dance on Film screening of "Shake the Dust," a film about breakdancing around the world, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Library Hall.
From executive producer and rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjoberg, this documentary chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, and an inspiring portrait of b-boys and b-girls from Uganda, Colombia, Cambodia and Yemen, "Shake the Dust" is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement around the globe.
Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Cost of area firewood permits decreases in National Forest
In an effort to decrease hazardous fuels and to provide additional benefit to the public, the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests have reduced the price of firewood permits in 2018 from $10 per cord to $5 per cord.
As a result of the bark beetle epidemic, an abundance of dead wood persists in the National Forests, and the removal of firewood by the public helps to mitigate the effects of wildland fire.
The price adjustment applies only to the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests while the conditions exist. When conditions improve, revisions to the price of firewood may occur.
Only dead trees are allowed to be collected for firewood purposes. For an evergreen tree to be considered dead, all needles must be red, brown or absent. When cutting, stumps must be as close to the ground as possible or no more than 12 inches off the ground.
Permits may be purchased in person at any of the ranger district offices and are available now. A minimum of four cords must be purchased, for a total of $20. Firewood is limited to 10 cords per household, per year.
A standard cord is considered to be a well-stacked pile 4-feet by 4-feet by 8-feet tall. All collected wood must be tagged and displayed before transportation.
For more information, contact your local Forest Service office, visit fs.usda.gov/detail/mbr/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=stelprdb5151691.