Chamber expects more than 11K visitors in town today |

Chamber expects more than 11K visitors in town today

Approximately 11,500 visitors are expected to be in town today, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday, June 15.

The figure represents 74 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 85 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 64 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 4,800 visitors by Wednesday. June 22.

The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons.

Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Mustang Roundup street closures planned for today

Street closures have been announced for the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup’s Show and Shine event today.

The following streets will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

■ Lincoln Avenue, eastbound and westbound lanes, Lincoln at Fifth Street to Lincoln at 11th Street

■ Seventh and Eighth streets from Lincoln Avenue to the alley on the Oak Street side.

■ Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets from Lincoln Avenue to the alley on the Yampa side.

In addition, Seventh Street from Lincoln Avenue to Yampa Street will also be closed due to the Farmer’s Market.

As in past years, the city’s special event officers will be assisting during each event with traffic detours and any other traffic/emergency needs. “No Overnight Parking” signs will be posted the day before the street closures.

Children can compete in annual fishing derby today

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club will be hosting its 34th annual kids Fishing Derby beginning with check-in and a free pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. today at Fetcher’s Pond.

Prizes will be awarded for first fish, biggest fish and most fish, and the club will provide free fishing rods for everyone.

County Council on Aging menus for week of June 20

■ Steamboat Springs Community Center

Monday: Bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, tossed salad, watermelon, cookie

Tuesday: Summer vegetable soup, chicken salad, wheat roll, cantaloupe, apple pie

Thursday: Flank steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, Italian bread, raspberry sherbet

Friday: Salmon cakes, green beans, grits, wheat roll, mixed berries, ice cream

■ Hayden American Legion Hall

Tuesday: Summer vegetable soup, chicken salad, wheat roll, cantaloupe, apple pie

Thursday: Flank steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, Italian bread, raspberry sherbet

■ South Routt Community Center

Monday: Bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, tossed salad, watermelon, cookie

Wednesday: Flank steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, Italian bread, raspberry sherbet

Friday: Salmon cakes, green beans, grits, wheat roll, mixed berries, ice cream

All lunches are served at noon. There is a recommended donation of $3 per lunch for those 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. A $30 punch card is good for 10 lunches for seniors 60 and older or five lunches for those younger than 60. Find detailed menus at Call 970-879-0633 to make a lunch reservation, request Meals on Wheels or arrange for a van pickup.

Totally Kids meal program menus for week of June 20

■ Monday

Breakfast: Waffles, pineapple, milk

Lunch: Beans and franks, breadsticks, cantaloupe, fresh carrots and snap peas, milk

■ Tuesday

Breakfast: Pancakes, strawberries, milk

Lunch: Ham and cheese chunks, crackers, celery sticks, apples, milk

■ Wednesday

Breakfast: French toast, honeydew, milk

Lunch: Hamburger with bun, watermelon, cucumbers and broccoli, milk

■ Thursday

Breakfast: Cereal, bananas, milk

Lunch: Pizza (pepperoni or cheese) grapes, green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, milk

■ Friday

Breakfast: Donuts, cantaloupe, milk

Lunch: Submarine sandwich with meat and cheese, lettuce and tomato, pineapple, milk

Totally Kids sponsors a free summer food program for children ages 1 to 18 through the summer at Hayden Valley Elementary School. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults can eat breakfast for $2 and lunch for $3. The program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information, call Carolyn at 970-846-9083 or visit

City set to begin water main replacement in Old Town

The city of Steamboat Springs and Native Excavating will be replacing an old, undersized and deteriorated water main in sections of Spruce, Laurel and Sixth streets beginning Tuesday, June 21. Work will begin at the intersection of Spruce and Grand streets and will progress westward down Spruce Street during the first week.

Small, one-block road closures should be anticipated during construction. Vehicular traffic should expect detours around the construction zones, and the public is urged to use alternate routes.

Construction is expected to be completed prior to mid-August, weather permitting.  

12th annual wine festival seeks volunteers for event

The 12th annual Steamboat Wine Festival is currently recruiting volunteers. This year’s Wine Festival will be raising funds for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports. Benefits of volunteering with the Steamboat Wine Fest include a free ticket to the Grand Tasting or to the Friday Night Stroll and a T-shirt. Online volunteer registration can be completed at Email Wendy at for more information.

Yampatika summer camps for kids, teens underway

Yampatika’s summer camps for kids age. 5 to 14 have begun. Sessions, including day camps, field schools and overnight camps, will be offered until mid-August. Parents can sign kids up for a single day or all week. Visit for more information. Sign-up is available online.

City reminds trail users to observe basic etiquette

As temperatures rise, local trails are beginning to dry out, and several lower elevation trails, such as lower Spring Creek, are now open. The city of Steamboat Springs Parks & Community Services Department reminds all trail users of some basic trail etiquette.

■ Use authorized trails only.

■ Stay on the existing single track of the trails. Walking on the sides of muddy trails creates trail widening, braiding and other negative impacts.

■ Stay off wet and muddy trails to minimize damage. If mud is sticking to your shoes, tires or animals, it is too muddy.

■ Educate yourself and your friends. Friends don’t let friends use muddy trails.

Steamboat Springs has an amazing trail system, but limited resources for trail maintenance. These limited resources are stretched even thinner when they are needed to address the negative impacts of users not following trail etiquette.

Visit the city of Steamboat Springs website,, for up-to-date trail closures, and help prevent resource damage by respecting closures that remain in effect.

Volunteer artists sought to decorate yard art cranes

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition is seeking volunteer artists to decorate yard art cranes for the fifth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival crane yard art exhibit and silent auction.

Blank wood and metal cranes will be distributed to participating artists in April and must be returned fully decorated by Aug. 15. Diverse and creative decorating motifs are encouraged, but artists are requested to consider materials that withstand the outdoors, since the cranes are designed as yard ornaments.

Decorated cranes will be displayed with credit to the artists on the Bud Werner Memorial Library lawn during the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Sept. 8 to 11. All proceeds from the crane yard art silent auction will benefit the Yampa Valley Crane Festival and the new Crops for Cranes conservation program.

Contact Karen Kellogg at 970-846-2559 if you are interested in volunteering to decorate a crane or have questions.

LiftUp seeks of volunteers for food bank, thrift store

LiftUp of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization’s donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Jackie at 970-870-0727.wsource=yaron+brook+announcement+-+freedom+conf.&utm_campaign=email&utm_medium=email.

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