Briefs for Aug. 16 |

Briefs for Aug. 16

Discussion of capacity

at Stagecoach Reservoir

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is proposing to increase Stagecoach Reservoir’s elevation by four feet.

A meeting is at 7 p.m. today at Yampa Town Hall to inform the public of the plan.

The increase would require an amendment to the District’s Hydroelectric permit and license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The increase would allow the District to provide for future water demands and would slightly increase the recreational capacity of the reservoir, according to a release by water district officials.

Tonight’s meeting will include a presentation of the project, mitigation resources and a construction schedule. For more information, call 879-2924.

Steamboat man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

A 36-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman early Sunday morning, police said.

Steamboat Springs police officer Kevin Craig said the man was arrested after police received a report at 5 a.m. that a man and woman were fighting.

When officers contacted the couple, the man told police his girlfriend had been sexually assaulted by “other guys,” although the woman told police her boyfriend was the one who had assaulted her, Craig said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and criminal attempt of sexual assault.

The incident is under investigation, Craig said.

The man posted a $10,000 bond Monday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1:30 p.m. today for a status conference hearing.

The deadline is at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 to register for the city of Steamboat Springs’ Adult

Flag Football League. Team fees are $430. The season runs from early September to late

October. Call the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services office at 879-4300 for

more information.

Entry forms are being accepted for teams interested in competing in the Routt County Fair Ranch Rodeo on Aug. 20. The cost is $200 a team. Entry is limited to the first 20 teams. Events include penning, branding, steer tie down and wild cow milking. Call 276-3068 or visit

Comunidad Integrada is looking for vendors for the Sept. 16 Northwest Colorado Mexican Independence Day celebration at West Lincoln Park in Steamboat Springs. The cost for a booth is $100 for businesses and $50 for families and other organizations. Comunidad Integrada also needs volunteers to help coordinate the event and work the day of the event.

The celebration will include mariachi music, traditional dancing and Mexican food. For more information, call Comunidad Integrada at 846-5521.

Yampatika, a nonprofit organization focused on providing environmental and cultural education, is inviting local professional artists to participate in the upcoming “Unmask Your Colorado Critter” fundraiser. Artists are invited to create a mask that will be auctioned at an Oct. 6 event. Masks will be displayed to the community the week before and the week after the event. Interested artists must contact Yampatika by July 31. Completed masks need to be delivered to Yampatika by Sept. 15. Space is limited to eight artists. Call Yampatika at 871-9151.

The annual Soup Bowl Supper is Oct. 4 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Attendees will receive a locally made ceramic soup bowl that they can fill with soup donated by local restaurants. Bread, beverage and dessert also are included. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. A silent auction of ceramic creations by local clay artists also takes place at each of the two supper seatings.

Historic Routt County is the beneficiary of this year’s fundraiser. Previous Soup Bowl Supper beneficiaries have included the Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado, Yampa Valley Recycles and LIFT-UP of Routt County. The fundraiser has generated a total of $24,893 in its four years.

For more information, call Deb Babcock at 846-9349.

The Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge will take place Labor Day weekend at the Stanko Ranch west of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 33. Trials will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4. Advanced divisions will compete later in the day. There also will be training clinics for potential sheep dogs and handlers throughout the summer. Beginners are welcome. For more information or to volunteer, visit, e-mail or call Marianne Sasak at 879-5214.

Alpine Bank is sponsoring a “Tools for Schools” program to help local children obtain the supplies they need for a successful school year.

Community members are encouraged to donate school supplies for children of families that may not be able to afford them. To participate in the program, drop off basic school supplies at the Alpine Bank location, 1901 Pine Grove Road in Steamboat, until Aug. 31. Supplies will then be distributed at local schools.

Applications for grant funds are due Sept. 6

Applications for Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program are due to the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ Office by Sept. 6. Qualified projects must relate to protecting agricultural operations, natural areas, and open lands. In general, they should protect the unique Western heritage of the Yampa Vley for its residents and visitors. For more information or an application, call Helena Bond at 879-0108, ext. 315.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps needs volunteers

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is searching from professionals willing to share life stories and lessons to teens and young adults. Interested adults, who are called Field-Based Workshop Volunteers, meet RMYC crews in an outdoor setting for a fireside chat of sorts. The crews will develop questions for the volunteers, so workshop presenters should be prepared to provide answers on how he or she came to be an expert in a particular field and what education choices were made in the process. Volunteers also should come prepared to be outdoors by bringing appropriate clothing, gear and water.

To volunteer or for more information, call Sheila Wright at 879-2135 or visit

The Newborn Network is looking for volunteers to spend between two and four hours each month helping local families with newborn children. Volunteers, at the request of interested families, will visit homes to provide information about community resources and child development as well as give a gift bag to the family. The program is free to local families. Call 879-0977 for more information.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the newly available Rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus infects children between six and 24 months of age and causes three significant symptoms: high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. The vaccine is given by mouth in three separate doses at two, four and six months of age. The vaccine cannot be given outside of this age range. Children’s vaccines are given on a sliding fee scale, and no child will be refused a vaccine because of an inability to pay. Call 879-1632 to make an appointment for your infant.

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Book Club is encouraging new members to join. The club meets every four to six weeks and is facilitated by Michelle Dover, the library’s circulation manager. Visit for a complete list of books to be read and discussed by the book club this year. For more information, call 879-0240.

Recycle old telephone books in the large cardboard bins outside of City Market from Aug. 11 to Aug. 25.

Applications for designation to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due in the County Commissioners’ Office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex by Aug. 23. Call Dee Bolton at 879-0108 for more information.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking volunteers for its docent program. SSAC docents are trained volunteers who staff The Depot galleries, help interpret and explain exhibits and encourage visitor interaction with the artwork, furthering the mission of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. They help with unpacking exhibit items, hanging shows and hosting opening receptions. Docents also coordinate the annual Studio Tour and facilitate the “Art for Seniors” program at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Docents are available to lead guided tours of the exhibits to schools and groups if requested. Docents meet monthly for seminars as well as occasional field trips.

The Soroco Parent Teacher Organization is publishing a South Routt Centennial Cookbook in celebration of Yampa and Oak Creek’s 100th birthdays. Anyone interested in submitting a favorite recipe is encouraged to contact one of the cookbook committee members or drop off the recipe in collection boxes in the South Routt School District administration building, the Yampa and Oak Creek libraries or the Yampa, Phippsburg or Oak Creek post offices. Recipes also can be e-mailed to

The cookbook committee members are: Kelly Gates, 638-4475; Wendy Palyo, 736-1013; Dina Murray, 638-4208; Cindy Ashley, 638-0406; Ray Olinger, 638-4457; Wendy Villa, 736-8435; Tami Thurston, 736-8514.

Registration opens for Young Life Golf Tournament

Registrations for the Aug. 26 Young Life benefit golf tournament are being accepted. The tournament at Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course benefits the Christian outreach ministry to high school students.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Young Life Office, 871-4822 or emailing

Teams of four or five players are preferred; however, individuals may register and be placed on a team. Five-player teams must include at least one female golfer.

Cost is $125 per player and includes green fees, cart use, barbecue luncheon and prizes.

Overall tournament sponsor is JSM Builders, Inc. The prize for the hole-in-one contest is a new car from Cook Chevrolet-Jeep-Subaru. is seeking volunteers to oversee major sections of the Web site. officials are looking for center managers for the Arts & Culture, Communications, Employment, History, Natural Resources & Environment, and Religion sections of the site. Center managers maintain links, add new information, answer online questions and serve as expert resources for information about the community. Interested people can call Alysa Selby at 879-0240, ext. 305, or e-mail

The Routt County Veterans Affairs Office is encouraging local vets to apply for the VA health system. Local veterans affairs officers Michael Condie said a community-based outpatient clinic, or CBOC, for vets could be built in Craig if sufficient use is proven. Having a CBOC in Northwest Colorado would eliminate the need for many vets to travel to the Grand Junction VA medical facility.

To sign up for the VA health system, stop by the Veterans Workforce offices in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center in Steamboat Springs or the location in Craig. Call 879-5489 or 824-3246.

Bud Werner Memorial Library would like to remind all children and teenagers participating in the “Penny Pages” summer reading program that they have until Aug. 11 to take their reading logs to the library. All extra reading recorded on Penny Pages reading logs will raise money for the FirstBook charity. Call the children’s library at 879-0240 for more information.

LIFT-UP of Routt County is in need of food donations for its food bank. The nonprofit organization is urging community members to donate food to the Steamboat food bank. Needed items include tuna, canned vegetables, canned beans, canned fruit, pancake mix, syrup, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Donations will benefit struggling local individuals and families. Donations can be dropped off at the food bank at Seventh and Aspen streets. For more information, call Erika at 870-8804.

Newspaper looking for Editorial Board members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from those who wish to serve as community representatives on the newspaper’s Editorial Board from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and five members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board include WorldWest General Manager Suzanne Schlicht, Publisher Bryna Larsen, editor Scott Stanford, city editor Brent Boyer and reporter Tom Ross. The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or less expressing their interest in the board to Stanford at or at P.O. Box 774827; Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Stanford at 871-4221 with questions.

Clover Bud Day on Friday

Current 4-H members will be giving younger children a tour of the Routt County Fair on Friday.

As part of Clover Bud Day, 4-H fair presenters will walk children around the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, teaching them about what it takes to get ready for the fair and what goes on at the fair.

The three-hour tour runs from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to the public.

Children will be bussed from Steamboat Springs to Hayden. Otherwise, people can meet the group at 9 a.m. at the fairground’s exhibit hall.

Those planning to bring a large number of children are urged to contact Renee Donahue of First Impressions of Routt County at 870-5270.

Steamboat’s Over the Hill Gang will meet for activities weekly throughout the summer. Activities will include hiking on Mondays, mountain biking and gardening on Tuesdays, mountain biking on paved surfaces on Wednesdays, mountain biking on Thursdays and road biking on Fridays. Meeting times and locations will change each week. For more information, call Frank Dolman at 870-8793 or visit

Partners in Routt County, a youth mentoring organization, is sponsoring an “Adopt a Scarecrow” project. The scarecrows, made by six junior partners and local artist and school counselor Suzy Holloran, are part of an ongoing silent auction at the Depot Art Center. Only four scarecrows remain. Each scarecrow is unique and comes with his or her own story. Stop by to say hello. The scarecrows are outside of the art center, and a bid sheet is attached to each scarecrow. Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to fund next year’s project. For more information, call Partners at 879-6141.

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