Steamboat Briefs: 6,100 visitors are expected in Steamboat on Saturday |

Steamboat Briefs: 6,100 visitors are expected in Steamboat on Saturday

About 6,100 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 39 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 75 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 39 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 32 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 4,100 visitors by Wednesday.

The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Scholarship program offered for Routt, Moffat students

Yampa Valley Community Foundation announces the opening of the 2015 scholarship program for Routt and Moffat high school students.  Interested high school seniors may visit to learn more about a number of available scholarships that each have specific criteria.  Online applications and essays are due no later than 8 p.m. April 8. Scholarship recipients will be announced at local awards nights and graduation ceremonies. Contact Susan Petersen at or call 970-879-8632 for more information.

Natural Grocers makes donation to autism program

April is Autism Awareness Month, and today is the Worldwide Autism Awareness Day. In honor of the day, Steamboat Natural Grocers is donating 5 percent of its total sales today to the Yampa Valley Autism program.

Passover Seder to be hosted Saturday at Sheraton Hotel

Har Mishpacha, the Jewish congregation of Steamboat Springs, will host a Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sevens Restaurant in the Sheraton Hotel. The service will be led by Larry Klingman. The cost is $36 for adult members and $18 for members ages 6 to 12. For non-members, the cost is $50 for adults and $28 for children. Those younger than 5 are free. The event is open to the community, and reservations can be made online at Call 970-875-1199 or email for more information.

Area farmer helps to write a grassroots farm policy

Todd Hagenbuch, of Phillipsburg, helped write grassroots policy at the National Farmers Union’s annual convention, which was held earlier this month in Wichita.

The four-day event drew nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers from across the country and featured a number of high-profile speakers, workshops and grassroots policymaking. As a delegate representing Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hagenbuch stood up and spoke out to shape NFU’s legislative policy priorities for the coming year.

Casey’s Pond is accepting bingo prize donations

Donations are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

Free, online carpool service offered to area residents

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release. 

Organizers hope the website,

colorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

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