Library series features author of historical fiction about Denver |

Library series features author of historical fiction about Denver

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with Randi Samuelson-Brown, author of “The Beaten Territory,” a novel of darkly engaging historical fiction set in the underworld of lower downtown Denver in the 1890s, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 in Library Hall. The book has received critical acclaim, including being a 5280 Editor’s Pick and a bookseller’s top choice at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver.

Set in Denver during an era when the downtown district was lousy with gaming parlors, saloons, brothels and various other dens of iniquity, “The Beaten Territory” drips with the intrigue of what was still considered the Wild West back in the 1890s. The latest novel by Samuelson-Brown tells the story of Annie Ryan, a Market Street madam who gets swept up in Denver’s seedy underworld when she meets laudanum-addled socialite Lydia Chambers. Soon enough, a shocking murder shakes this world of booze-besotted, good-time girls to its very core.

Books will be available for sale and signing at this free Library Author Series event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Visit for more information.

Community foundation awards local students scholarships

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awarded $146,300 in total scholarships to students from Steamboat Mountain School, Yampa Valley High School, Steamboat Springs High School, Moffat County High School, Soroco High School, Hayden High School, Meeker High School and a student who was homeschooled.

Scholarships valued at a total of $107,800 were awarded to 57 students to attend college or vocational school next year, $31,000 was granted in renewal scholarships to 35 students, and $7,500 was awarded to 10 non-traditional and/or Colorado Mountain College students.

Twenty-one different types of scholarships were awarded — some for financial need, academic merit or community service, others for students who have overcome difficulties and others for specific studies. There are still several outstanding scholarships to be awarded throughout the summer.

For information on how to start a new scholarship fund or contribute to an existing scholarship fund, call 970-879-8632, email or visit

Local student graduates from Nebraska Wesleyan University

Zachary Dunklin, a native of Steamboat Springs, graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University on May 5. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and is currently working on obtaining his CPA.

Tour de Steamboat raffle offers chance to win custom road bike

The grand prize in the 2018 Tour de Steamboat benefit bike drawing is a custom-designed, titanium road bike built with Shimano Ultegra-level components and donated by Steamboat-based Kent Eriksen Cycles and Shimano. The handcrafted road bike is valued at $7,500. Other prizes include a DT Swiss wheel set and the Steamboat Brew Bike, a Giant Momentum fat tire cruiser bike. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $50 each. Additional prize information and tickets sales are online at

Award-winning doc profiling an American family to screen

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new award-winning documentary film “Quest” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 in Library Hall. This portrait of an American family by Jonathan Olshefski was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of more than a dozen top prizes at film festivals around the world

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, “Quest” is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest,” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood.

Epic in scope, “Quest” is a vivid illumination of race and class in America and a testament to love, healing and hope. This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit for more information.

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