Community invited to events to celebrate life of Chris Johns |

Community invited to events to celebrate life of Chris Johns

The community is invited to celebrate the life of Chris Johns, the owner of Wheels Bike Shop who died unexpectedly March 6 at age 51, during several special events planned this weekend.
A road bike ride on the Emerald Loop and a family ride along the Yampa River Core Trail will be held in Johns’ honor at 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants should meet at Wheels Bike Shop.
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, friends and family will gather at Wheels Bike Shop for a bike parade to the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. An open house memorial celebration of Johns will follow at 4 with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
A group will then be meeting at the top of the Gondola to ski on 11 a.m. Sunday, April 8. Memorial donations may be made at

City, Design Workshop to host public workshop on downtown

The city of Steamboat Springs along with Design Workshop will be hosting two public workshops Wednesday, April 11 to gauge the public’s perception of the downtown area. The morning workshop will be held at 8 a.m. in Centennial Hall, and the evening workshop will be held at 5 p.m. in Olympian Hall.
Those attending the workshop will hear about the issues and opportunities within downtown and participate in live digital polling to identify priorities. Topic areas include: land uses and zoning; parking and mobility; housing diversity; arts, culture and historic preservation; public realm; development economics; and character of the built environment.
The goal of the Downtown Plan is to define what is valued and successful for downtown today and in the future; while developing a long-range vision for downtown with implementation strategies. Design Workshop is the city’s consultant on this project.

Entries accepted for Sandhill Crane Festival photo contest

The Greater Sandhill cranes have returned to the Yampa Valley, and the 2018 Yampa Valley Crane Festival is sponsoring its annual photo contest. Photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs of this iconic bird by email to
Two submissions per person are allowed. Photographers must indicate their entry category: professional, amateur or youth (younger than 18). Along with each photo, the entrant must include the photographer’s name, age, phone number, location of photo, date it was taken and a title for the image. Photos submitted to the photo contest must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 13.
Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at

Junior Achievement in search of volunteers for local students

Junior Achievement is looking for volunteers to work with local students.
Volunteers are needed at Soda Creek Elementary School and Strawberry Park School Elementary this spring for a short-term commitment of five sessions. Contact Sally Messinger at for more information.

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