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Lodging barometer predicts more than 14,400 visitors

About 14,400 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 96 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 95 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 95 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 11,300 visitors by Wednesday.

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.

Knoll Parking Lots to be closed for music festival

The upper and lower sections of Steamboat Ski Area's Knoll parking lots will be closed Feb. 21 to 28 during WinterWonderGrass to accommodate festival tents. The Knoll lots are located on Mount Werner Circle near Gondola Transportation Center.

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The resort will continue to offer free parking in the Meadows Parking Lot and paid parking in the Gondola Square parking structure. During this time, shuttle service from Meadows lot will begin at 6 a.m.

Ski area employees, festival participants and skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to carpool or take public transportation during the lot closures. No overnight parking is available in the Meadows lot during the festival. Owners will be responsible for towed vehicles.

Call for artists to participate in CVA small works show

The Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., is accepting entries for its upcoming "Room Full of Views" small works show, which will be featured during the gallery's First Friday Artwalk opening reception March 3. This is a non-juried show, open to all artists, with a maximum of 35 entries accepted in order of sign-up. All work must be original, 2D or 3D work, and no larger than 12 inches in any direction. Artwork is due Saturday. Visit steamboatartcenter.com for complete details and registration.

Young Composer Competition deadline for entries April 1

Summit Music and Arts' third annual Young Composers Competition provides an opportunity for musicians and composers age 10 to 18 residing in Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Lake, Park, Routt and Summit counties to enter one or more original compositions for critique. Deadline for entries is Saturday, April 1, and the cost to enter is $20 per composition. For details, competition guidelines and an application form, visit "Events" at summitmusicandarts.org. Email info@lenrhodesmusic.com for more information.

Routt to Work offers Talk It Up session at CMC in March

Routt to Work will host a Talk It Up session from 8 a.m. to noon March 10 at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Spring's Allbright Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Mark Kling, executive director of the Family Resource Center Association, Denver, who will explain the two-generational approach, followed by a panel with past Routt to Work participants.

Two generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together. Those who are interested in attending, should RSVP to Lindsay Kohler at 970-870-5291 or lkohler@co.routt.co.us by March 8. Coffee and snacks provided.

Revocable licenses and signs needed inside city limits

The city of Steamboat Springs is reminding property owners that they need to get a revocable license for any private improvements, amenities and items located within the city or state right-of way. This includes permanent items, such as signs and awnings, and portable items, such as sandwich boards, outdoor seating, outdoor displays, bike racks, clothing racks and anything else located in the right of way. The permit can be purchased annually for $85 through the city's Planning Department.

Renewals for 2017 have been mailed to businesses that obtained a revocable license in 2016. These renewals must be received by the city by March 15. Failure to renew may result in enforcement action.

Contact Barb Wheeler, code enforcement officer, at 970-871-8274 or bwheeler@steamboatsprings.net for more information.

Scholarships from JA Business Week available to students

Routt County high school students are invited to apply for a JA Business Week Scholarship, in memorial of Jennifer Erickson.

JA Business Week is a one-week business learning experience sponsored by Junior Achievement, which will be held June 11 to 16 on the campus of Johnson & Wale University in Denver. 

The program allows students to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside Colorado's most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the program culminates in a "Shark Tank"-style competition. Student teams gain firsthand experience in teams to develop marketing and business concepts.

The scholarship provides up to $350 per student. If there is a financial hardship, the scholarship will pay all but $50 of the $550 tuition.

The scholarships are available to any Routt County student attending a Routt County high school. Applications are made through Junior Achievement at jabusinessweek.org. JA will select the student or students to receive the scholarship and notify the Erickson' and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation for payment of the scholarship.

Contact Sally Messinger at smessinger@jacolorado.org or 720-299-4646 for more information.