Routt County rancher named president of state organization |

Routt County rancher named president of state organization

Michael Hogue, longtime rancher from Steamboat Springs, will lead the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association as the group’s 113th president.

Hogue said one of his goals as president is to continue the evaluation and implementation of CCA’s new membership structure. He also wants to create more depths of leadership, primarily at the steering committee level.

“We have several committees with vacant chair and co-chair seats, and I want to fill them all this year,” Hogue said in a news release.

Hogue will also work to pursue CCA’s quest for a new home on the National Western Stock Show grounds.

Hogue and his wife, Maureen, manage a commercial cow/calf operation in Routt County. Beyond their cattle enterprise, the Hogues also farm organic hay and wheat and their ranch hosts recreational activities with a golf driving range and gun range. He has held previous leadership roles with both the Routt Conservation District and Colorado Association of Wheat Growers.
As a fourth generation rancher in Routt County, Hogue has been involved for more than 35 years with the association.
“In the coming year, I am looking forward to serving the members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association as their president and working on issues of importance on behalf of all of Colorado’s beef producers,” Hogue said.

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.

Routt County had fewer rejected unaffiliated voter’s ballots

Colorado’s unaffiliated voters beat the odds in the June 26 primary election, turning in ballots that had to be rejected at less than half the rate initially predicted.

Voters in 2016 approved Proposition 108, which allowed unaffiliated voters to automatically participate in primary elections by voting for candidates on either the Democratic ballot or the Republican ballot. Based on other states’ results, one argument against the measure was that as many as 7 percent of the ballots would have to be disqualified because voters would fill out both ballots instead of one.

But the statewide rejection rate was 2.4 percent, according to election figures released earlier this month. Routt County’s rate was about half that at 1.3 percent. Just 22 of the county’s 1,650 ballots cast by unaffiliated voters were rejected.

“I am incredibly proud of the efforts by our county clerks and media partners who helped deliver the message to only vote one ballot,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in a news release. “Our office will be working with the clerks to improve the percentage in our next primary election in 2020.”

Low-income seniors may qualify for nutrition assistance

Routt County adults age 60 and older may be eligible to receive a monthly nutritious food box consisting of non-perishable protein, milk, juice, cereal, canned or dried fruits and vegetables and refrigerated cheese. For more information, contact LiftUp of Routt County in Oak Creek at 970-870-8804 or in Hayden at 970-870-8804.

Savannah Bauknecht named to Dean’s List

Savannah Bauknecht, a 2015 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the Dean’s List at Colorado State University for the 2018 spring semester. To earn a spot on the list, a student must earn a GPA of 3.8 or better.

Annual Movement Fest volunteers needed

Steamboat Movement Fest is looking for volunteers to assist in all capacities as greeters, door monitors, registration, Vendor Village, Kids Move Fest, setup and teardown.

Volunteers must commit to working 14 hours throughout the festival weekend from Thursday, Aug. 9 to Monday, Aug. 13 and are required to attend a meet and greet training from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Those who volunteer will have the opportunity to attend yoga classes, speaker series and musical events for free. Contact Lindsay at 970-734-3409 or for more information.  To volunteer, apply at

Seminars need ushers for summer season

Seminars at Steamboat is seeking volunteer ushers to help with July and August events on Monday nights during the summer season. Organizers anticipate these events will fill to capacity, and volunteer ushers are essential to making sure the audience is accommodated.

Volunteers are guaranteed a seat and may work one or more of the events. Volunteers must arrive ready to work at the Strings Pavilion no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event and must be able to stay until approximately 6:45 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Joella West at

Seminars at Steamboat is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that brings high-profile public policy thinkers to speak in Steamboat Springs each summer. This is the organization’s 16th anniversary season. For more information, visit

Register now for Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Registration for the 2018 Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, is underway. To register and view the full festival schedule, visit

Many events for the four-day festival are free and do not require registration. Some events with limited space will require advance registration and a nominal fee.

For questions regarding festival registration, festival lodging, or the festival itself, email

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