Community Update
November 18, 2022

Routt County is excited to announce that artists have been identified to create pieces for the interior of the new Health and Human Services Building at Oak Street and 6th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.

“Public art is one of my favorite programs due to the vast array of benefits and accessibility for everyone to enjoy. The artwork that was selected encourages contemplation and dialogue that, I believe, will lead to a shared sense of belonging and community pride. Steamboat Creates is honored to guide the public art process from beginning to end,” said Kim Keith, Executive Director of Steamboat Creates. Steamboat Creates partnered with Routt County to complete the curitorial process.
Congratulations to the following artists:
  • Julie Anderson
  • Jill Bergman
  • Erin Branscum
  • Denise Bohart Brown
  • Madeleine Burrough
  • Sandy Graves
  • Erin Kreis
  • Wendy Kowynia
  • Cyndi Marlowe
  • Christie Stepan
  • David Winters
  • Chloe Wilwerding
  • Simone White
  • Steamboat Springs School District Elementary School students 

We look forward to welcoming the community into the new Health and Human Services building, to experience the artwork, once construction is complete. Find the full press release online.
General County Updates
Routt County Releases 2023 Budget Brief: The Routt County Finance Department released the 2023 Budget Brief this week. Members of the public are invited to pose questions to the Board of Commissioners and the County Finance Director about the 2023 Budget Brief on Tuesday, November 22 from 5:00-5:30 pm in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, Routt County Historic Court House, 136 Sixth Street, Steamboat Springs, CO or on the Zoom platform. The proposed budget will get its final review and adoption by the County Commissioners on Tuesday, December 6, at 9:35 am at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting. The Budget Brief is available online.

Routt County Winter Road Maintenance: “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” Give our plows at least 150’ of space so they can do their job to keep the roads free of snow. Plow drivers can't see you in their rearview mirrors if you are following too close. Giving the plow space will also result in fewer bits of scoria hitting driver’s cars and windshields. More information about winter road maintenance can be found online at Please contact the Road & Bridge Department at 970-870-5552 if you have questions.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority Seeks Applicants for Board of Directors: The YVHA Board of Directors govern and control all YVHA business affairs, activities, and property. The Board consists of 7 to 15 volunteers who must work or live within the YVHA boundary. To learn more about YVHA click here. To be considered for a YVHA Board position please fill out the YVHA Board Application and return to by November 23, 2022.

Apply to be the County Representative for Colorado River District Board: The Routt County Commissioners are seeking applicants for the Routt County Representative on the Colorado River District Board of Directors. Applicants should have the knowledge and/or understanding of the entities that address water rights in Colorado and Routt County, basic accounting and budgetary principles, and existing relationships with water managers. Find all details about the Colorado River District online at To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to by November 18.

Survey for The Wildfire Protection Plan: The Routt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan needs your input! Take our community survey and tell us your thoughts about wildfire risk in Routt County. Please contact Alyssa Ingles,, 970-761-9168 with any questions. All details can be found on online at:

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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.
Building Department Updates

Total Number of Permits by Category
New Single Family Dwellings: 161
Secondary Dwellings: 20
New Multi-Family Residential Dwelling Units: 332
Solar Permits: 43
Total Construction Valuation Year To Date is $404,500,934 million throughout all of Routt County

Check Drop Box No Longer Available: The Routt County Building Department has removed the check drop box from the Annex Building at the downtown campus. All checks must be mailed directly to the Routt County Building Department, or dropped off during normal business hours. We appreciate your understanding of this change. 
Public Health Updates
Respiratory Viruses On the Rise: Respiratory viruses, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), flu, and COVID-19 are spreading across Colorado and the nation. Protect your loved ones, the community, and our health care system by:
  • Getting vaccinated. Both flu and COVID-19 have effective, safe vaccines. Anyone 6 months and older can get vaccinated for flu and COVID-19. It is safe to get the vaccines together. Consider getting vaccinated by December 10 for holiday protection.
  • Seeing or calling a health care provider or doctor before going to a busy emergency department when you or your child has respiratory symptoms. Your provider can help you determine the best ways to manage symptoms and when it is important to be seen in the clinic, urgent care, or emergency department.
  • Staying home when sick, including not visiting or interacting with people who may be at higher risk, including older adults, young children, and infants. What might feel like a mild cold for one person can be very serious for another person. This is important in preventing the spread of viruses and causing outbreaks, which put additional strain on the hospital system.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper arm sleeve when you cough or sneeze, throw away the tissue after you use it, and clean hands as instructed above.
  • Cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces, like doorknobs, tables, handrails, etc.
  • Avoiding sharing cups, eating utensils, and touching your face with unwashed hands.

Colorado Household Medication Takeback Program: The following locations in Routt County have drop off boxes to take prescription medications for disposal:
  • Bonfiglio Drug 118 Main Street, Oak Creek
  • M-F, 8:30-6:30. SA, 9-2. Closed holidays.
  • Hayden Police Department 249 Hawthorne Street, Hayden
  • M-F 8am - 5pm
  • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center 1024 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs
  • 24/7. Open holidays.
For more information and to find an interactive map of medication collection box locations for all of Colorado go to the Colorado Medication Takeback Website.
Employment Opportunities
Full Time Job Openings:
  • Detention Kitchen/Laundry Services Coordinator - $22.32 - $30.20/hr
  • Board of County Commissioners – Office Assistant - $20.00 - $24.94/hr
  • YVHA– Operations-Safety-Security Officer - $22.69 - $25.90/hr
  • Human Services Program Specialist - $20.00 - $23.53/hr
  •  Planning – Office Technician - $22.65 - $30.64/hr
  • Recording & Motor Vehicle Department – Deputy Clerk - $20.00 - $27.06/hr
  • Public Safety Dispatcher I - $24.75 - $26.65/hr
  • Detention Deputy - $32.50 - $38.24/hr

Part-Time Job Openings:
  • Human Services - Case Aide $20.00 - $21.41/hr – Some Benefits
  • Human Services - Program Specialist – Fatherhood Program $20.00 - $24.94/hr – Some Benefits
  • YVRA – PT/YR Passenger Services Representative $20.00/hr – Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • YVRA – PT/YR Operations-Safety-Security Officer $22.69 - $25.90/hr – Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation

Seasonal/Temporary Job Openings:
  • Seasonal YVRA Security Guard - $20.00/hr – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Temporary YVRA Building & Grounds Maintenance Tech - $22.49/hr – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Temporary YVRA Equipment Operations Tech - $22.40/hr – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Temporary YVRA Janitorial Service Worker - $20.00/hr – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Seasonal YVRA Food Service Server - $14.00/hr + Tips – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Seasonal YVRA Food Service Busser - $14.00/hr + Tips – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Seasonal YVRA Food Service Kitchen Assistant - $20.00/hr – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Seasonal YVRA Food Service Host/Hostess - $14.00/hr + Tips – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Temporary YVRA Food Service Cook - $20.00/hr – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation
  • Temporary YVRA Food Service Counter Attendant - $14.00/hr + Tips – Benefits Available: Sick Time & Worker’s Compensation

Find all Routt County job opportunities and apply on the Routt County website.
One Fun Thing
Community Thanksgiving Meals Around Routt County

  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Sunday, November 20, 10:30 am after services
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Community Dinner
  • Sunday, November 20, 11:30 am after services
  • Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Routt County United Way's Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Thursday, November 24, 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center
  • Community Potluck in Oak Creek, sign up at the bar to bring a dish to share.
  • Thursday, November 24, 5:00 pm
  • Oak Creek Tavern