Apartment vacancy rates on increase

The vacancy rate for apartments in Steamboat Springs is lower than the statewide average, but still higher than most mountain towns.

A survey released by the Colorado Division of Housing this month shows that the vacancy rate here in September was 2.9 percent compared to 2.6 percent in February. September’s average rent was $572 in Steamboat, down from the average of $795 in February. Apartment rental rates in Steamboat vary seasonally.

The rental housing market is tighter in nearby Eagle County, where the vacancy rate was just 1.1 percent in September and the average rent in September was $984. Of 734 apartments surveyed in Eagle county, only eight were vacant.

The housing market in Durango, home of Fort Lewis College and nearby Durango Mountain ski area, is even tighter. Of 428 apartments surveyed, only 4, or .9 percent, were vacant. Of those four vacant apartments, only one was available to rent for less than $1,026.

ISP hires systems administrator

SpringSips, an Internet service provider based in Steamboat Springs, has hired Chris Craft to be its new systems administrator.

Craft has expertise in local area and wide area networking.

Craft was formerly employed at Colorado Mountain Net.

Snow Express to help MS patients

The Jimmie Heuga’s Snow Express for Multiple Sclerosis benefiting more than 6,000 people with MS will be held March 3 in Steamboat Springs.

Medical wellness programs are organized by the Jimmie Heuga organization to educate and empower people with MS to improve the quality of their lives. The Snow Express is the main underwriter of these programs, generating $1 million and offering scholarships for individuals with MS to attend.

Organizers hope to raise $90,000 in Steamboat. The event requires three people to ski or snowboard, a minimum of $1,000 raised to be turned in by registration on March 2 and the race marathon.

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