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The official blog by the law office team of KT Law in Steamboat Springs, CO. Insights and anectdotes on and off the subject of law.

Elizabeth Roble admission to the Colorado Bar

Admin KTLaw - Monday, December 12, 2016

Attorney Elizabeth Roble, a member of the New York bar, recently received her formal admission to the Colorado Bar.  She was sworn in by Judge Michael O’Hara, the Chief Judge of the 14th Judicial District in Colorado.

Cutting Down a Christmas Tree

Admin KTLaw - Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many people that means it's time to go find that perfect Christmas tree. Here is some information regarding how to get the perfect tree in a legal way. 

How to get a permit:
  • -US Forest Service selling permits for $10
  • -Can be Picked up at Steamboat Forest Service off at 925 Weiss Dr. or 300 Roselawn St.
  • -Offices open Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM
-Contact the Douglas Ranger District, or Yampa Ranger District to purchase permits by mail. 

  • Rules of the permit:
  • -Expires December 31st of the year purchased in
  • -For personal use only; can't be sold or distributed
  • -Must be displayed clearly around stem of the harvested tree before leaving site
  • -Can only be used on National Forest Property

  • Rules of cutting down tree:
  • -Cannot be within 200 ft of campgrounds
  • -Cannot be within 100 ft of roads
  • -Maximum tree heigh=20 ft
  • -Maximum tree diameter=6 in (whichever one is lowest)
  • -Suggested not to cut trees that are standing alone

  • Safety Suggestions:

    -Check with local Forest Service for recent site and road information

    -Park safely on highway or pullout

    -Check maps to be sure of your location

    -Stay out of forest when there are strong winds

    -Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back

    -There may not be cell phone service

    -Dress warmly

    -Bring extra food, water, a blanket, and first aid kit

    It is illegal to cut down a christmas tree on national forest without a permit, so get yourself a permit and start chopping!

    Kathleen O'Connell

Have a Safe Labor Day!

Admin KTLaw - Friday, September 04, 2015
Routt County DUI Stats 2014

Labor day marks the end of the summer; many of us like to celebrate with family and friends. Celebrations some times involve drinking, but by no means should it lead to drinking and driving. Data from the Persistent Drunk drivers Committee within the Colorado Department of Human Resources helps us see the impact. In Routt County last year there were 170 cases filed for Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI), with an average Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.157. With the BAC threshold of .08 for a DUI, the county average is almost double the legal limit. As much fun as it is to celebrate please celebrate responsibly.

DUIs’ are not a laughing matter. They are expensive and could cost you for years after the incident. It is estimated by the Colorado Department of Transportation that a DUI charge in Colorado will cost $10,270, once you consider all the fines and professional fees. Those ten thousand dollars would buy you a nice vacation, 2,000 five-dollar McDonald’s gift cards to give to the needy, or about 700 boxes of Pixy Stixs. In the long run it could cost you a job and could hurt your credit score. There is some much better ways to spend your money other than on a DUI, that you could have avoided too start with.

The value of another person’s property or life cannot be factored in to the above costs. Replacement of damaged property caused by drunk driving cost you thousands of dollars on top of all those fees. Injuring or even killing others while driving under the influence affects not just their family and friends, but whole communities. These debts could be hard or impossible to completely repay. 

One way to avoid all those expenses is to always have a ride home. If it’s a friend or a service have a plan before you head out to your fun. If everyone is enjoying drinks, there are plenty of options for you to get home safely. There are taxi services, hotel shuttles, and public transportation. Check out the links below before you go. There really is no excuse for not having a ride.Have a plan before, drink responsibly, choose not to drive, get home safely, and oh, have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends this Labor Day weekend!

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Wine with Randy

Abbey Horn - Saturday, August 08, 2015

Summer in Steamboat always means that there is something to do outside, even if it is raining. With our amazing summer time comes come great events. A favorite event to locals and visitors alike is the Steamboat wine festival. Our own Randy Klauzer answered a few questions about wine and the wine festival.

            Randy’s favorite are a red wines, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Caernet being his top 3 favorites. When it comes to local wines Chardonnay from the Grand Valley Winery out of the Grand Junction area is a local favorite. However, an all time favorite local is a homemade wine. From 1974-1985 Mr. Russell and Randy would buy Colorado wine grapes, then they would make everything from Slovak la Blonk to Cabernet.

            When it comes to the Steamboat Wine and the Wine festival there are quite a few options. One of the local favorite wine festival events is the Stroll of Steamboat. Which is a tour that meanders through down town that offers tastings of food and beverages at local businesses. When it comes to ordering wine at local restaurant’s Randy says that L'apogee has the best selection. If a nice dinner at home is more your style Randy suggests shopping at Central Park because they have a large selection with knowledgeable staff and representatives. He would pair any heavy red meat, like a steak, with a cabernet.

            Before we know it the aspen leaves will be changing and the first snow will be hitting the ground. Many people will not mind that, however these beautiful Rocky Mountain summer evenings were made for good friends and good wine.  So enjoy all that the area has to offer with these suggestions!     

KT Law Celebrates 25 years Of Service to Northwest Colorado Community

Abbey Horn - Thursday, June 18, 2015

This year Klauzer and Tremaine celebrates 25 years of service to the Northwest Colorado! 

Recently we celebrated this accomplishment with family and friends. Thank you for your continued support! 



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