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Town Council Election

Town Council – Town of Hayden, Colorado

Councilmember seats up for election include Ashley McMurray, Emily Meek, Festus Hagins, and Mayor J. Timothy Redmond.

Hayden residents interested in running for Town Council can pick up a nomination petition beginning August 4, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – noon Friday at Town Hall.

To secure a place on the ballot, a Council candidate needs the signatures of 25 registered Hayden voters. Mayoral candidates need 30 signatures.

Town elections and candidates are subject to the provisions of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. A copy of the Fair Campaign Practices Act and forms for filing reports can be found here on the Colorado Secretary of State website.

View a copy of the Colorado Campaign and Political Finance Manual (PDF) here.

For more information, call Town Hall 970-276-3741 or email

Elections – Town of Hayden, Colorado

2020 Voter Information & Resources

The November 3, 2020 General Election will be an all mail ballot election. The Town of Hayden participates as a political subdivision in a coordinated election with the Routt County Election Officials. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters the week of October 12th 2020.

Anyone wanting to register to vote or change voter registration information may do so by going in to the County Clerk’s office at 522 Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs during the business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm or go to or

To check your voter registration you may go to the above website or call the Elections Office at 970-870-5558 or 1-800-870-5418.

Links to

Online Voter Registration (SOS website)

Change Form (SOS website)

Verify Your Colorado Voter Registration Information (SOS website)

Precinct Map (Routt County website)

Elections (Routt County website)

Mosquito Mitigation: Monday, August 3rd.

The Town of Hayden has planned aerial spraying mosquitoes.  All sprayings are contingent upon wind and weather conditions.  Spraying is scheduled during the evening hours of the following date:

Monday, August 3rd

Starting 8:30 p.m.

The plane will be in town as early as 7:00 p.m. completing an overflight. This is to confirm flight pattern as this is the first aerial spray VDCI is doing for the Town of Hayden.  

Call Town Hall at 970-276-3741 for further information.



Through the 2019‐2020 Business Grant Program (BGP), the Town of Hayden (Town) has been working with our local business community to retain, expand, improve and create businesses that foster job creation and capital investment within the Town’s downtown and industrial areas. One facet of the program was designed to encourage physical improvements and commercial revitalization in the downtown central business district by matching investments that improve the overall aesthetics of Hayden. Another facet was to grow and expand existing businesses by increasing their capacity, efficiency and ability to remain operational in Hayden or by adding an additional product line to their business. There were also opportunities for start‐up ideas, and we saw several impressive proposals that folded in our local western heritage and culture, identified a locational niche, or value‐added to our locally grown agricultural products.

The return on investment was substantial. For every $1 that was granted through the BGP, applicants directly invested $9.53 of their dollars. The $100,000 BGP investment generated $953,000 of direct outlay by local businesses (see Appendix A). Additionally, there is evidence that these investments will create seventeen (17) to twenty‐five (25) additional jobs with signs that there will opportunities for more job growth as businesses move beyond or respond to the COVID‐19 restrictions. We have already seen evidence of this where in one instance a BPG‐funded business substantially changed their business model in response to COVID‐19 due to restaurant closures – and that model is proving significantly more successful for them, and BPG funding allowed them to expand their operations.

Thirteen (13) business proposals were supported and funded with the 2019‐2020 BPG. Five (5) of the projects were for building and site enhancement, five (5) were economic development and business expansion projects, and three (3) were business start‐ups. The following pages provide some additional details about each project.

The Hayden BGP has been a significant win‐win for the community. The Town has identified that next steps include securing other sources of funding to continue the program, continuing to work with local businesses to thrive and grow in the on‐going COVID economy, and further leverage of local business investment. Plans also include the collection of economic and jobs data on any funded businesses so the Town is able to assess the on‐going impacts of this valuable program.

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2020 Census

Hayden Community Response

The 2020 Census is critical. A complete and accurate count will help shape the future of our community and inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed for important programs and services in health care, emergency and disaster response, education, and  infrastructure.

How You Can Help
A complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census could mean more funding for vital services in your community—and this chance comes along only once every 10 years.

  Make a Difference Today!

2020 Census: Shape Your Future Now is the time to act. Census representatives will be visiting Hayden on Friday, July 24th from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Joyce Cless Memorial Park 101 S Chestnut St. Here to answer questions and assist in completing the 2020 Census.

Spread the word: It’s not too late to complete the 2020 Census. Respond Now

Who to Contact and How

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For public health enforcement complaints, call 970-879-1110

To leave a comment with the Commissioners, email . If you would like the comment to be public, please state so in your email.

For community testing appointments or questions, call 970-870-5577

For restaurant and food establishment public health orders and guidance, email

For the self-certification form and mitigation protocol form, visit . The home page under What to Know When In Routt County has the underlined clickable forms. The dropbox link for the self-certification form submittal is on the downloadable form.

For any other general COVID-19 questions, email or visit

Hayden Master Plan Community Survey

Hayden Master Plan Community Survey Link

The Town of Hayden is currently updating its master plan, a document required by state law that reflects its collective vision and intentions for the future. Its purpose is to establish a policy framework for future decisions related to growth and development. Ideally, it serves as a resource for individuals engaged in industry attraction, transportation planning, commercial and retail development, home building, the provision of services, construction of utilities, and programming of parks and open spaces.

While the master planning effort initially intended to provide numerous platforms for community engagement, social distancing restrictions and “stay at home orders” established in response to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus have somewhat limited those opportunities. To that end, the planning team, together with the Town’s leaders, decided to solicit input from Hayden’s residents and business owners through administration of a brief survey. Specifically, the Town’s leaders intend to use the responses to ensure future planning and project initiatives are strategic, impactful, and broadly representative.

For this reason, we are asking that everyone with an interest in Hayden’s future (one survey per person) complete on or before July 6, 2020.  Responses will be reviewed by members of the planning team, shared with representatives of the Town serving on an advisory board, and reported on to elected officials.

Please feel free to contact Mary Alice Page-Allen,, (970) 276-3741 or (970) 846-4582 with any questions. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration

2020 Routt County Fair Limited Due to COVID-19 Impacts

Plans for 4-H and FFA Livestock Shows and Sale in Development

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – June 5, 2020 — After weighing all public health and safety concerns along with the directives in the State’s Public Health Order 20-28 dated June 2, 2020, and upon the recommendation of the Fair Advisory Board, the Routt County Board of Commissioners decided to limit the 2020 Routt County Fair scheduled for August 7-16. The County and Fair Board are moving forward and working out details for hosting 4-H and FFA shows and the Junior Livestock Sale.

Routt County and the Fair Advisory Board remain committed to the health and safety of volunteers, participants, and attendees along with adhering to all state and local public health orders, as well as support of local youth in the 4-H and FFA programs. The Fifth Amended Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors of June 2, 2020, states in section J.#3 that “Due to ongoing concerns regarding disease transmission in larger group setting that could result in disease outbreaks, the following activities are NOT authorized to occur… #3. Rodeos, FAIRS, festivals, and parades.”

Moving forward, the Fair Advisory Board (FAB) and Routt County 4-H will continue working together to coordinate 4-H shows and the Junior Livestock Sale, allowing 4-H and FFA members to complete their projects. They are exploring virtual livestock shows and weighing the advantages of potentially wider audiences by using technology.

The Commissioners voted unanimously to limit the fair, but at the same time move forward with the 4-H and FFA shows and the Junior Livestock Sale. In a joint statement, they said, “This is a sad day when we cannot have a full County Fair. This event is part of our heritage and important to so many families. It hits home and makes us realize the effects of COVID-19. We are committed to making the best of an unusual and challenging situation. Continuing with the 4-H and FFA events will be important for the youth members to be able to complete their projects. We are disappointed that the Fair will need to look so different this year, but we are hopeful in 2021 we can get back to normal with all the Fair activities.

The Routt County Fair has been operating for 106 years, and has only been cancelled 3 times in its history – in 1932, 1933 and 1934 due to lack of funding during the Great Depression.

For questions, concerns, thoughts, or something to contribute, please contact the Fair Office via email ( ) or phone (970) 276-3068.

Please watch the Routt County Fair and Fairgrounds Facebook page and website for updates as they become available.

Contact: Routt County Fair Advisory Board
398 South Poplar Street
P.O. Box 1000
Hayden, CO 81639
(970) 276-3068 (P) ~ (970) 816-9568 (M) ~ ~

Steamboat Springs COVID19 Community Testing

Steamboat Springs Community Testing Days

Drive-thru Community Testing by Appointment
Symptomatic residents and/or contacts of residents suspected or known to have contracted the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 7 days may schedule an appointment Symptoms include: fever, cough, muscle pain, sore throat, chills, shaking with chills, headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, recent loss of taste or smell, and body aches
Concession Stand at Rodeo Grounds
Wednesdays and Saturdays during the month of May, 2020
• May 6 & 9
• May 13 & 16
• May 20 & 23
• May 27 & 30
To make an appointment, call 970-870-5577 for the required screening!



• By Appointment ONLY
• NO walk-ups allowed
• DO NOT show up early




Hayden Community Test Day

What:Drive-thru Community Testing by Appointment
Who:If you have experienced symptoms within the last seven (7) days of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, and/or body aches.
Where:Routt County Fairgrounds – 398 South Poplar Street, Hayden, CO
When:Thursday, April 30 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How:To make an appointment, call 970-870-5577 for the required screening!

North Routt Community Test Day

What:Community Testing by Appointment
Who:If you have experienced symptoms within the last seven (7) days of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of appetite, and/or body aches.
Where:Charter School – 26990 Eagle Lane, Clark, CO
When:Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How:To make an appointment, call 970-870-5577 for the required screening!


  • By Appointment ONLY
  • NO walk-ups allowed
  • DO NOT show up early

Routt County Joint Information Center Community Outreach Message

Greetings from the Routt County Joint Information Center! We are always looking for ways to get information to the public and appreciate your help in spreading our messages. Instead of sending numerous emails today, we thought we would try something different. Let us know what you think and if you like the format.

Topline News of the Day – April 22

• Routt County Commissioners decided to extend the Routt County Lodging Restrictions to May 31.
• Routt County Commissioners decided to let the current Public Gatherings limited to five expire on Friday, April 24 and align with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” Order, which limits Public Gatherings to 10 people.
• Routt County’s Public Health Order for Site Mitigation is still in effect until May 10.
• Public Health Orders can be found here:
• Our Public Health Department just released a new Dashboard to show community health, check it out here:
• We streamed the Board of County Commissioners and Board of Health meetings live on Facebook and will continue to do so in the future. Our Facebook page is
• Press releases on BCC/BOH meetings and other news can be found on our website

Guidelines for Lifting Restrictions

At the Board of Health meeting, the Public Health Department shared how they are gathering metrics for determining the health of Routt County. Some of the questions include:

• Is disease prevalence decreasing?
 14 days of decreased disease burden
 Number of hospitalizations
 Analysis of COVID-19 deaths
 Active monitoring of positive cases
• Do we have adequate testing capacity for diagnosis and contact tracing?
• Can the health care system handle a potential surge of COVID-19 cases?
• Do we have adequate Public Health staff?
• Are prevention measures for personal responsibility in place, such as social distancing, facemasks, etc.?

Returning to normal will be sped up if we have evidence-based effective treatment, evidence-based anti-body testing, a vaccine, and herd immunity.

The new “Safer at Home” State Order

On Monday, Governor Polis announced that the “Stay at Home” Order would be changed to a “Safer at Home” Order. Right now, Routt County is still waiting on details about what the Governor’s plan will entail and whether it will require guidelines or specific requirements for businesses to open. Based on what the Governor has released, here is what we know:

• Starts April 27
• Encourages people to stay at home when possible
• Older Coloradans and vulnerable populations still need to stay at home unless absolutely necessary
• Maintain distancing of 6 feet
• Folks are still strongly advised to wear face coverings in public
• Gatherings over 10 people will still be banned
• Sick people should still avoid going to work
• Everyone should still avoid unnecessary travel
• Retail – curbside delivery starting April 27, restricted opening starting May 1
• Restaurants – take out, phased in opening with reduced capacity
• Elective Medical Services/Dental – open with strict precautions to ensure adequate PPE and the ability to meet critical care needs
• Childcare Closed – open with strict precautions
• Personal services (salons, nails, barbers, personal training, etc.) – Open with strict precautions on May 1
• Non-critical offices will be able to re-open at 50% capacity with strict social distancing precautions (more shifts, etc.) starting May 4
• Large workplaces are advised to have symptoms and temperature checks
• Telecommuting should be maximized
• Real estate – House showings can begin in person, but open houses will still be prohibited
• Bars – CLOSED
• Education – CLOSED (K-12 and higher)
• Nightclubs, gyms and spas will remain CLOSED
• The Governor will give more detailed guidance later in the week

The “Safer-at-Home” phase is NOT:

• A free-for-all
• An opportunity to leave the house as much as possible and spread the virus to others
• An excuse to not wear a facial covering or begin giving hugs or handshakes
• Going to the mountains to spend the weekend
• Conducting unnecessary travel
• Having parties or get-togethers
• Playing in pick up sports games

In the coming days, further guidance will be provided to a variety of affected industries including retail, offices, elective medical and dental services, child-care, education, personal services, and real estate.


We continue to ask you to encourage participation in the Census. We are lagging behind the rest of the state; the average response rate in Colorado is 55.2% and Routt County is 23.9%. If we don’t get an accurate count, we won’t get our fair share of federal tax dollars. Go to to make Routt count!

Thank you for partnering with us to share information about COVID-19 with our community. As always, please feel free to reach out to our call line at 970-871-8444, check out, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and reach out with comments and concerns.

The JIC Team
Robin Schepper
Cheryl Dalton
Deanna Sanchez