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CHAMBER RESORT ASSOCIATION PREDICTS STRONG TOURIST ACTIVITY

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSSteamboat Springs’ steady stream of tourists shows little sign of abating; the projected number of visitors spending the night here Saturday was 13,465. This weekend marked the fourth in a row that Steamboat played host to more than 13,000 visitors.

According to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, that’s enough guests to fill 92 percent of the resort’s bed base.



On the corresponding Saturday in 2000, Steamboat was anticipating 12,674 tourists would bunk here for the night.

The number of tourists in town is expected to dip below five figures by mid week; 9,367 people are expected to stay in local lodging on Aug. 8.



PUBLIC INVITED TO REVIEW DRY CREEK PARK CONCEPTUAL PLANS

HAYDENHayden residents are encouraged to attend a meeting where two conceptual plans for land the town has identified for recreational purposes will be unveiled.

The meeting to discuss plans for Dry Creek Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Routt County Fairground’s Exhibit Hall.

Graduate students from the University of Colorado’s Center for Community Development will be on hand to give a presentation about the two proposals for Dry Creek Park. Hsin-Yi Chou and Victor Kusmin, who are in the Landscape Architecture Program, will present two plans the town can follow in developing baseball, softball and soccer fields on the land.The two plans will also give locations for restrooms, trails and a cross-country ski trail. They will also include roads and how they will connect to the fairgrounds.

Residents are encouraged to attend to give input regarding the two proposals. After the meeting, officials will eliminate one plan and submit the remaining plan to the Town Board of Trustees for approval.

CITY COUNCIL TO EXAMINE ‘PREDATORY’ TOWING PRACTICES

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Steamboat Springs City Council may be voting on a towing ordinance when it comes back in session at the end of this month. City Manager Paul Hughes said the city is trying to protect locals and visitors alike from what one visitor called “predatory” towing practices in which businesses tow cars from their lots without proper notification or signage.

Members of the Downtown Business Association urged the city to put a stop to this practice because of the negative impact it has on tourist traffic.

The ordinance would focus on the need for better signage and perhaps ask businesses to make an attempt to find the car owners before towing their cars, Hughes said.


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