Steamboat briefs: 2nd summer small business series slated for Thursday

Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network will host the second installment of its small business series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at The Rusted Porch, 690 Marketplace Plaza.

The topic will be “Legal and Financial Logistics,” and speakers will include Geoff Petis, of Petis Law, LLC, who will discuss legal considerations, Tyler Goodman, director of accounting for the Resort Group, who will discuss financial management, and Jae Seifert, owner of The Mac Ranch, who will discuss starting a small business in Steamboat.

The series will run for one more month, and the next session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24. It is open to small business owners and anyone interested in starting a small business.

The event is free for YPN members and $10 for non-members. For more information, email Petis at

Yoga in the Botanic Park extended through Saturday

The Yampa River Botanic Park has welcomed more than 1,000 visitors to Yoga on the Green this summer, and due to continued warm weather, two more sessions will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 29. A donation of $10 for the class is suggested, with all proceeds benefitting the park. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring a mat or towel. Call Patty Zimmer at 970-846-5608 or visit for more information.

Success Steps seminar scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday

A Success Steps seminar about understanding financial statements will be held from 6 to

7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. Randy Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, will present the session. Topics to be covered include elementary rules of accounting that guide financial statement creation; income statements/profit-loss statements; balance sheets and cash flow statements; the benefits of accurate, up-to-date financial statements; and how to define and track critical success factors. The cost of the seminar is $10 per person; coffee will be provided. To register or for information, call 970-870-4491. The series is a collaborative effort of the Entrepreneurship Center and Yampa Valley SCORE. It is sponsored by Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

WWFM 91.1 presents live classical music Friday

Live From Steamboat, presenting classical music from the Strings Music Festival, can be heard on WWFM 91.1 at 10 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 28. The show is part of WWFM’s “Celebrating Our Musical Community” program hosted by Diane Guvenis.

This Friday’s Live from Steamboat concert presents the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, a set of four tango compositions written by Ástor Piazzolla. Franz Schubert’s Sonata number 2 in A minor, performed by Andre Cardenes on violin and David Deveau on piano, will also be part of the program.

The broadcast is made possible through the cooperation of WWFM in Trenton, New Jersey, Strings Music Festival and West Slope FM, which brings the radio signal to the Yampa Valley. The broadcasts are featured only on the last Friday of each month.

Library to host beginning readers program Sept. 16

Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting a special program for beginning readers and their parents at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Parents will meet in the library coffee shop for an informative session about best practices, strategies and tips for parenting a beginning reader. The session will be led by Kim Schulz, of Key to Learning. Kids ages 3 to 7 will enjoy a story and craft activity led by a children’s librarian and middle school volunteers in the storytime room.

Golf Trout Tournament registration set for Friday

Registration opens Friday, Aug. 28 for the 14th annual Golf Trout Tournament, which will be held Sept. 11, 12 and 13. The tournament, which is open to a limited number of teams, benefits the Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust, in cooperation with the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The event begins with a cocktail and buffet dinner hosted by Catamount Ranch and Club. On Saturday, Sept. 12, there will be a day of fully-guided fly fishing on public and private water in Northwest Colorado, and on Sunday, the golf portion of the tournament will take place at Catamount.

Registration for the entire weekend is $3,200 for a team of four. The fee covers the costs of the Friday buffet, Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch, guide fees, rod fees and schwag. Call Jim Curd at 970-846-2880 or email for more information.

Program offers low-interest loans to start, expand farms

Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest loans available through the FSA direct farm ownership program, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Colorado Farm Service Agency Director Leland Swenson. Applications must be approved by Sept. 30 to take advantage of the funding available.

Eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs or promote soil and water conservation. The interest rate can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

“If you are thinking about purchasing or expanding your farm or ranch, our affordable loans can help,” Swenson said. “There are no backlogs or waiting for funds, so give us a call today.”

New farmers and ranchers, military veterans and underserved farmers and ranchers also are encouraged to apply. Each year, Congress targets 80 percent of available loan funds to beginning and targeted underserved farmers and ranchers.

For more information about the farm loan program, visit or contact the local FSA office.

Letters of interest for editorial board accepted

The Steamboat Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper’s Editorial board.

Individuals selected for the board will be asked to serve a four-month term beginning mid-August.

The Editorial board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff.

Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, Assistant Editor Jim Patterson and veteran reporter Tom Ross serve as the board’s newspaper representatives. Current community representatives on the board are Geoffrey Petis and Tami Havener.

The Editorial board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Editorial board meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the newspaper offices, 1901 Curve Plaza.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial board should email a letter and resume to Schlichtman at or send it to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Schlichtman at 970-871-4221 with questions.

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