Forum to review snowpack, Yampa River challenges |

Forum to review snowpack, Yampa River challenges

A Steamboat State of the River Forum will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. A free chili supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Retired state climatologist Nolan Doesken will discuss how this winter unfolded and talk about the weather patterns that have created a low snow year on par with the record drought year of 2002.

Also speaking will be Andy Mueller, new general manager of the Colorado River District. Mueller will highlight river district priorities surrounding irrigated agriculture and Lake Powell, as well as talk about operations of Wolford Mountain and Elkhead reservoirs. 

Other presenters include the following:

  • Kevin McBride, manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, who will talk about snowpack and reservoir operations.
  • Zack Smith of the Colorado Water Trust, who will discuss the Yampa River water leasing program.
  • Erin Light, Division 6 engineer, who will address water administration.
  • Jackie Brown, chair of the Yampa-White –Green River Roundtable, who will give an update on water resources planning and actions. 

The meeting is sponsored by the Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado River District, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and the Yampa-White-Green River Roundtable.

Citizens’ Police Academy application deadline Friday, March 16

The deadline to apply for the Steamboat Springs Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy is Friday, March 16. The program, which debuted last year, is designed to enhance the community’s knowledge about local law enforcement, their duties and responsibilities as well as its public safety programs and services.

The 2018 class, which has space for approximately 12 community members, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday from April 25 to June 27. All classes are free and taught by police personnel. Internally designed, the academy is set up to allow participation from a wide group of individuals and includes a modest physical element.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old possess a high school reading and writing level and be able to sit for up to three hours in a classroom environment. Students will have opportunities to participate in more active police-related sessions, but participation in any hands-on training is voluntary.

Applications may be found at A background check is required for all participants.

Strings Music Festival seeks volunteers for summer season

Strings Music Festival is seeking community volunteers for its 2018 summer season. Volunteer responsibilities include ushering patrons at Strings performances, selling concessions and assisting staff in the box office.

To sign up to volunteer, visit and navigate to the online signup form under the “Get Involved” tab on the Strings site. Those who sign up will receive an email confirmation after submitting, and sign-ups will be accepted through today. Contact for more information.

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