Master plan public workshop scheduled for March 21 in Steamboat Springs |

Master plan public workshop scheduled for March 21 in Steamboat Springs

The next opportunity for public input for the Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, Open Space, Trails and River master plan will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Olympian Hall.

The workshop will include a review of summary of community input to date, vision and goals for the system and various funding alternatives. Participants will be asked to provide input on alternatives and proposed recommendations for improving and enhancing the parks and recreation system.

In addition to the public workshop, input is being gathered through a statistically valid community-wide survey. Selected households within the city will be receiving the survey in the mail. Input from both the workshop and the community-wide survey will be analyzed to present draft recommendations in April.

The master plan provides a 10-year vision for the city’s park and recreation facilities and amenities, as well as an action plan for implementing this vision. The city of Steamboat Springs is working on the project with Logan Simpson, a landscape architecture and environmental planning firm.

To sign-up for master plan project updates visit

Library talk features author of ‘Making Friends with Death’

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with award-winning author Laura Pritchett sharing in the launch of her new book, “Making Friends with Death, A Field Guide for Your Impending Last Breath (to be read, ideally, before it’s imminent)” at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. This free community talk will include a reading and “death prep cram session” based on Pritchett’s upcoming TEDx talk.

Pritchett, well known for her novels set in the contemporary West, leaps into new and exciting territory with this nonfiction/guidebook that’s designed to get readers thinking about the inevitable. The evening will include a short activity designed to jump start exploration into making friends with the not-so-grim Grim Reaper.

Pritchett is the acclaimed author of 10 books. She began her writing journey with the short story collection “Hell’s Bottom, Colorado,” which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels “Sky Bridge,” “Stars Go Blue,” “Red Lightning” and the nonfiction “Great Colorado Bear Stories.” Books will be available for sale and signing at this Library Author Series event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Visit for more information.

Efficiency program helps modest to lower-income residents

Modest- to lower-income residents in Routt County who are in need of first-step home energy efficiency measures are encouraged to apply for a free Energy Efficiency Jump Start through a new program with the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

The program is open to residents who are living in drafty or energy-inefficient homes and provides starter services, such as a furnace tune-up, programmable thermostats, hot water heater wrap and energy-saving LED bulbs.

Homeowners also receive a free residential energy assessment and coaching toward energy savings and lower utility bills.

Energy Efficiency Jump Starts are available for a limited number of residents on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible, applicants must earn less than 80 percent of the area median income, which equates to $44,480 before taxes for one person and $50,800 for two. Income will be verified via tax return documents.

Initial funding for the local program was made possible through Operation Round Up and the United Methodist Church Foundation. More funders are welcomed.

To apply, call YVSC at 970-871-9299, Ext. 104, or email

Free local Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly

Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley ( and Gary Sobol, who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network ( to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.

Class participants warm up muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. Call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887, or email

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