Routt County Road 18,  below Stagecoach Reservoir, closed |

Routt County Road 18,  below Stagecoach Reservoir, closed

Routt County Road 18 is temporarily closed from just past the first parking area below the Stagecoach Reservoir dam north to Pleasant Valley due to seasonal freeze/thaw conditions and traffic adversely affecting the road. All motor vehicle traffic is restricted. The closure will be in effect until the conditions have improved up to a maximum period of 90 days.

Application deadline for 2018 YVCF scholarships 4 p.m. Friday, April 6

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is accepting online applications for 2018 scholarships through Friday, April 6. YVCF administers more than 20 different scholarships that are available to Routt and Moffat county graduating seniors and continuing education students who are seeking a college education or professional development in the trades. A full list of scholarships is available at

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awarded 161 scholarships totaling $183,650 for the 2017-18 school year that assisted Yampa Valley students seeking both technical and four-year degrees. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, April 6.

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Evening of free gardening advice at Bub Werner Memorial Library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Routt County CSU Master Gardeners present “An Evening with the Master Gardeners” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Library Hall. With the onset of gardening season in the Yampa Valley, this is a night of expert gardening advice to help gardeners plan and maximize their summer gardens.

During this open house gardening event, the community is invited to talk one on one with local gardening experts. Demonstrations will include an introduction to gardening in Routt County, common pests and weeds, seed selection, transplanting, season extension, water-wise gardening and more. New, more advanced topics the Master Gardeners will address this year also include beekeeping, greenhouse gardening, trees and shrubs, vermiculture and tower gardening. Routt County CSU Extension’s soil sample kits will be available for purchase on site as well. This is a free event and no registration required. Visit for more information.

Local charter school completes inaugural fundraising campaign

The Mountain Village Montessori Charter School in Steamboat Springs has successfully completed its inaugural fund campaign and received 100-percent participation from staff and board members and 80-percent participation from families.

The campaign kicked off on Nov. 9, 2017, and ran for 100 days until Feb. 16th. The goal of the campaign was to raise funds to support the general operating budget and move forward the mission of the school, which is to inspire each child to learn and grow as a responsible global citizen in a collaborative, peaceful, and safe environment through the proven methods of Montessori education.

“We are extremely pleased to have received such strong support from our school families,” said Mona Gibson, who co-chaired the campaign with her husband, Jon, in a news release. “To have the first-ever annual fund campaign receive contributions from 80 percent of our families is a true testament to everyone’s commitment to our school mission”.

Michael Girodo commended the efforts of the Gibsons and those who contributed to the campaign.

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school for half-day kindergarten through sixth grade. It also offers a Montessori preschool program and all-day kindergarten.

Wild Film series to focus on Mexican gray wolves’ return

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest,” a featured film by Dean Cannon and Alan Lacy from the 2017 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 in Library Hall.

Little known, the Mexican gray wolf has slowly bounced back from the very brink of extinction in the American Southwest — only to face extinction yet again, from within, due to its genetics. In a daring new operation, one lone wolf paves the way forward for a second chance at the survival of the species, raising an old question anew: can man and wolf learn to live alongside each other?

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