Part of Routt County Road 14 to close road paving, cleaning |

Part of Routt County Road 14 to close road paving, cleaning

Effective Wednesday, July 18, Routt County Road 14 will close from Mount Werner Road/Routt County Road 36G to Steamboat Springs city limits due to ditch clearing and roadway patching. All traffic will be restricted in this area. The closure will be in effect 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roadway users are advised to avoid the area and are encouraged to use U.S. Highway 40 as a detour to get from Steamboat Springs to Tree Haus and other places south of the city.

This work is part of our yearly pavement maintenance program to help preserve and improve the paved roads.

Opera Steamboat offers open coaching class Wednesday

Opera Steamboat will offer its first-ever community master class from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the Heart of Steamboat Springs United Methodist Church. All ages and levels are welcome.

Opera Steamboat’s Artistic Director Andres Cladera will provide one-on-one coaching, and vocalists will receive hands-on instruction on their chosen piece, which will include vocal and performance technique. Space is limited.

Contact Beth Blaskovich at or 970-879-1996 for more information or to register.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Public hearing on wild horse management slated in Craig

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado is conducting its annual public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses on public lands from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 20 at the BLM Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig.

A public hearing is required before helicopters or motorized vehicles can be used in wild horse management in order to comply with Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The BLM plans to use a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft and other motorized vehicles to estimate population numbers and obtain seasonal distribution information on herds.

The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses as well as to conduct field monitoring activities.

Routt County Fair Royalty application deadline Wednesday

Applications are available for Routt County girls age 8 to 18 who are interested in running for 2019 Routt County Fair Royalty. Applications may be downloaded from, picked up at the Routt County Extension Office or emailed to those interested from a board member. Tryouts will be held in conjunction with 4-H Exhibit Day on July 27 at Soroco High School. For more information, call Tiffany at 970-638-1021.

2018 Commuter Challenge event logs more than 10K miles

As part of the organization’s 2018 Climate Action campaign, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Commuter Challenge inspired 127 community members of all ages to walk, bike, bus or carpool from May 27 to June 27.

Family teams, adult teams and solo riders recorded their alternative transportation miles and trips in a competition to win prizes, such as Harvest Skis, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger product, Ski Haus gift cards and gear and other prizes donated by local businesses.

In total, participants took 1,646 trips and traveled 10,952 miles using alternative transportation saving 536 gallons of gas and preventing 10,523 pounds of carbon emissions. Eleven solo bike riders logged more than 100 miles, and numerous teams and individuals logged several hundred to more than a thousand miles during the month-long challenge.

First-place participants in several categories included the following:

  • Youth with most trips: Will Hall: 41 trips
  • Family team with most trips: the Landers Family: 133 trips
  • Individual with most bike, walk and bus miles: Wes Hunter : 440 miles
  • Adult team with most bike, walk and bus miles: Ski Haus Team No. 1: 456 miles
  • Adult team with most carpool miles: Les Limas: 1,460 miles
  • Adult team with most trips: Ski Haus Team No. 4: 87 trips.

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