Community Update
May 12, 2023

On Saturday afternoon, local public safety agencies from across Northwest Colorado will honor Routt County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) Detective TJ Sisto, who passed away this week.
A memorial procession headed by members of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, including Steamboat Springs Police, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, and other law enforcement agencies from the Yampa Valley, is planned for Saturday, May 13.
The slow-moving law enforcement escort will depart from the Steamboat Ski Resort’s Meadows Parking Lot/Pine Grove Rd around 4:30pm and travel along US40/Lincoln Avenue through downtown; then head north on County Road 129/Elk River Road, ending at the First Baptist Church (3200 Divine Way).
Community members wishing to pay their respects to Detective Sisto and his family can gather along US40/Lincoln Avenue during the memorial procession. Motorists traveling along the route should pull over to the side of the road as the procession passes.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, Oak Creek Fire, West Routt Fire, and Yampa Fire will position nearly a dozen pieces of fire apparatus not in the procession along the center and westbound parking lanes of downtown Lincoln Avenue between 9th to 11th Streets. 

Celebration of Life for TJ Sisto
Saturday, May 13, 2023
5:00 pm
First Baptist Church
3200 Divine Way, Steamboat Springs, CO

Parking at the church will be restricted to family, church staff, people with disabilities, seniors and assigned procession vehicles. All other parking for the Celebration of Life will be at the Steamboat Springs Airport with a shuttle service to the church. A Live stream of the service is available here.

General County Updates
Flood Information: Routt County is seeing localized flooding impacts due to warming temperatures and melting snowpack. Take steps now to stay safe during and after a flood:
  1. Routt County Alerts: Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Routt County Alerts. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.
  2. Plan Ahead: Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding.
  3. Emergency Kit: Prepare an Emergency Kit including three days worth of food, supplies and any necessary medication.
  4. Flood Insurance: Don't delay purchasing flood insurance to protect your property. There may be a 30-day waiting period before your new policy becomes active. Purchase flood insurance to protect your property.
  5. FEMA FloodSmart: Be Flood Smart

A link for updated information about Spring Flooding in Routt County can be found on Routt County’s home page or linked directly here:
Resources about flood safety, preparedness and recovery are available at:
Brown Ranch Annexation Committee Meetings in May and June
The 2022 Routt County Master Plan ( identified west of Steamboat as a growth area. The Brown Ranch Annexation Committee (BRAC) is working on an agreement to annex 420 acres into the City of Steamboat Springs for workforce housing. Annexation is the process of where a municipality adds land and provides services. Since January, the committee has been meeting every two weeks to discuss the needs and costs of municipal services like water, sewer, stormwater drainage, street and alley maintenance, snow storage, parks, recreation, open space, and public safety. The next meetings are: May 24, June 7 and June 23, all at 9:00 am in Centennial Hall in the Carver Room. Public Comment is at 11:30 am. Agenda and materials can be found here.

Routt County Geothermal Energy Workshop - “The heat beneath our feet”
Join YVSC and Former Governor Bill Ritter of the Center for the New Energy Economy for a community geothermal educational presentation on geothermal energy on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Geothermal energy will play a key role in the energy transition of the Yampa Valley. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about geothermal regulations, the geology of Steamboat Springs, and the geothermal vision and funding opportunities. Contact Paul Bony at with any questions. All details and registration can be found online at

Register for the CARbon-Free Challenge: YVSC's CARbon-Free Challenge is back, and it’s time to commit to using alternative transportation from June 1-30. Join us in taking a step to reduce emissions. Whether you decide to compete as a solo rider or as a family or adult team, you’ll have the chance to win awesome prizes from local sponsors by logging the miles you travel using alternative transportation. Contact Kate Brocato at with any questions. Find all details and registration online at

Routt County Noxious Weed Days: Please join the Routt County Noxious Weed Program, Noxious Weed Advisory Board and CSU Master Gardeners for Routt County Noxious Weed Days on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 11 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Both days are drop in no registration required, and will be held at 2300 County Shop Road, Steamboat Springs, 80487.These are educational events open to the public to help with plant identification and noxious weed management. We encourage you to bring:
  • Any weed management questions you may have
  • Plant specimens or photos to be identified
  • Hand held or backpack sprayer to be calibrated
  • Appropriate PPE if you are wishing to receive up to 5 gallons of premixed herbicide solution. PPE should include: long sleeves, long pants, shoes with socks, hand protection and eye protection. Herbicide is to target whitetop and many other broadleaf weeds. 
Please contact Tiffany Carlson at with any questions. Find all details online at

Traffic Holds for Steamboat Marathon: The 42nd annual Steamboat Marathon will take place on Sunday, June 4 along RCR 129. Traffic will be held from 7:10 am until 7:30 am between Moon Hill and Cullen’s Corner. Single lane travel will start at 7:30 am until 1:30 pm or until the final athletes approach Highway 40. During this time single-lane travel will be permitted with a pilot car and flaggers along the race course. Detour will be available on CR 44. For more information visit or email

Stay Connected! There are lots of ways to stay connected to Routt County! For non-emergent news you can sign up for County News, follow Routt County on Facebook, Twitter Instagram or LinkedIn, and of course visit the County website.
Assessor's Office Updates
Notice of Valuation Mailed May 1: Colorado law requires a two-year assessment cycle for all taxable real property. For tax years 2023 and 2024, the assessor is required to appraise all real property as of a June 30, 2022 level of value. The 2023 re-assessment Notices of Valuation were mailed to all real property owners on May 1, 2023. This Notice of Value reports the change in your property's value or classification from the 2021 reassessment and informs you of your rights to appeal per Colorado statutes. Find all details about 2023 Reassessments online at including a FAQ and Property Valuation Flyer.

Valuation and Taxes: If your property's value increased 70% in 2023, this does not mean that your property taxes are going to increase 70%. Many factors are used to determine your property tax bill, and state legislators have taken action to limit revenue increase by the various taxing authorities that levy property tax.

Appealing your property valuation is not a protest about paying higher taxes; taxes cannot be appealed through the Assessor's Office. Only valuation and classification can be appealed through the Assessor's Office.

A valuation protest is an attempt to demonstrate that your property's current year actual value is inaccurate:
  • Property record is inaccurate
  • Evidence of similar properties that sold for less than your property's current year actual value

Questions? In anticipation of a high volume of 2023 Notice of Value inquires, to better serve you, we have established an appointment only review process. To discuss your value or classification in-person, you will need to schedule a 15-minute appointment with the appraiser assigned to your property. You will find the name of your appraiser on your Notice of Value. Please have your Notice of Value in-hand when making your appointment. You will need your Account Number and Appraiser Name. You can make an appointment online at
Building Department Updates
The Routt County Building Department CY2023 April Permit Reports are available online at

Public Health Updates
Vaccines on Hold: Starting May 15, 2023 appointments for vaccinations at Routt County Public Health will temporarily be on hold due to the department moving into the new Health and Human Services building. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to serving you in our new space!

Federal Public Health Emergency Declaration Ending: The federal public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 ended on May 11, 2023. As a way to navigate the changes moving forward after the end of the emergency declaration, Colorado has released a Roadmap to Moving Forward. Please click here to access a press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for more information about the expiration of the federal public health emergency on May 11.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized in May as a chance to inform the public about the importance of mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than one in five adults in the United States live with a mental illness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has weekly key messages to share with the public throughout Mental Health Awareness Month. SAMHSA’s key message for week two of the month discusses self-care.
Self-care is important for your mental health.
  • Despite life’s stressors, there are many things that you can do to maintain positive mental health, including self-care.
  • Mental health is essential to your overall health and quality of life.
  • When you take care of yourself, your physical and emotional health improve; you become more resilient and can find ways to manage stress in a healthy and positive way.
  • Taking care of yourself is an essential part of your mental health. What does self-care look like to you?
Please click here to visit Routt County Public Health’s mental health resources page. 
Employment Opportunities
Full Time Job Openings:
  • Public Health - Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Coordinator - $40.63 - $53.59/hr – Full Time & Full Benefits
  • Detention Kitchen/Laundry Services Coordinator - $26.02 - $35.20/hr – Full Time & Full Benefits
  • Public Safety Dispatcher I - $26.36 - $34.78/hr - Full Time & Full Benefits
  • Detention Deputy - $34.78 - $47.05/hr – Full Time & Full Benefits
  • Road & Bridge Motor Pool/Heavy Equipment Mechanic - $31.25 - $41.22/hr - Full Time & Full Benefits

Part-Time Job Openings:
  • Human Services - Case Aide - $21.40 – $28.95/hr – Some Benefits
  • Human Services - Program Specialist – Fatherhood Program - $21.40 – $28.95/hr – Some Benefits
  • YVRA – Operations-Safety-Security Officer - $29.30 - $38.66/hr – Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation

Find all Routt County job opportunities and apply on the Routt County website.
One Fun Thing
Saturday, May 20 is Routt County Clean Up Day: Sweep, wash, clean and pick your way to a productive day across Routt County when you join your neighbors and the community for the annual Routt County Clean Up Day, scheduled for Saturday morning, May 20. Community clean up days are a great way to meet some of your neighbors in the valley as well as ensure Steamboat Springs gets a fresh touch up before summer.
Who can participate? Anyone old enough to help and kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information and to sign up, visit