Business briefs: New driving school opening soon |

Business briefs: New driving school opening soon

Steamboat Driving School will offer behind-the-wheel classes. The first GDL course will begin Oct. 1.

Local educator Melanie Nimtz announces the opening of Steamboat Driving School, Northwest Colorado’s only driver’s education school.

According to a news release, the school will offer a 30-hour driver’s education course and behind-the wheel driving lessons for a Graduated Driver’s License program. These services meet the state’s requirements for teens seeking to obtain a permit and license. Steamboat Driving School’s curriculum is approved and accredited with the Colorado Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicles Business Group.

Nimtz said with a deficiency of driver’s education options for local teens, she has meticulously prepared a comprehensive driving program tailored for aspiring drivers to efficiently and effectively learn the rules of the road, safe driving habits and strategies for various driving scenarios.

Online GDL programs lack the advantages of being able to ask an instructor questions, interact with other students or participate in discussions to enhance learning and understanding.

Nimtz has a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, both in education, as well as more than 15 years teaching experience in public schools.

In 2014, she began a private tutoring company, Sleeping Giant Tutoring, which focuses on students’ individual reading, writing and math needs. She has also coached U7 Alpine skiing with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and girls’ hockey with the Steamboat Youth Hockey program.

Steamboat Driving School’s first 30-Hour GDL course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 and Oct, 8 and 9 at Colorado Mountain College.

Behind-the-wheel driving lessons will be available Sept. 24 by appointment, only. To register for the course, schedule a driving appointment or to receive more information, call 970-846-1777 or visit

New eye doctor joins team

Dr. Erica Musgrave is joining the Mountain Eyeworks team.

“Dr. Musgrove will enable Mountain Eyeworks to expand our ability to provide affordable and exceptional vision and eye health care. It will now be much easier to schedule contact lens follow-ups and to be available for emergency visits for injury, surgeries and disease,” Dr. Lewis Cutter, of Mountain Eyeworks, wrote in a news release.

Musgrove grew up in Garden City, Kansas. She graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 2010 with a doctorate of optometry degree and began her career in Memphis, Tennessee.

She and her family relocated to Broomfield in 2012, where she practiced for four years before moving to Steamboat Springs to join the Mountain Eyeworks team.

Musgrove’s clinical interests include primary care and pediatric optometry. Additionally, she is certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Musgrove is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.

She has also been a volunteer with VOSH International (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity), providing underprivileged communities with free eye care through medical mission trips around the world.

In her free time, Musgrove enjoys hiking, playing the piano, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family. She and her husband say they are excited to be in Steamboat and look forward to raising their four young children in the Yampa Valley.

Christie Resorts under new ownership

After eight years in business, Christie Resorts will transfer ownership of its business to the vacation rental management company Vacasa.

Former owner Courtney Hill said in a news release she will continue to focus on property management with a freed-up schedule. Hill said Vacasa is the perfect fit to manage the company’s short-term rental portfolio, as the companies share an operational vision, but Vacasa operates on a much larger scale and can provide more tools to optimize the homeowner and guest experiences.

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