Steamboat briefs: A presentation on ballot referendum 2A is Oct. 15 |

Steamboat briefs: A presentation on ballot referendum 2A is Oct. 15

Representatives from the Yampa River Promenade project and the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance will present information on the accommodations tax referendum 2A at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial. The groups will answer questions about both projects during this public forum. If passed, ballot referendum 2A would secure funding for 10 years from the visitor-generated accommodations tax for both trails expansion and the purchase of open space parks for a riverside promenade on Yampa Street. For more information, call 970-875-7009.

Library will waive teens’ book fines Sunday to Oct. 19

As part of Teen Read Week, the Bud Werner Memorial Library will waive overdue fines for teens ages 13 to 18 who visit the library from Sunday to Oct. 19. Teen Read Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association, which encourages teens to read just for the fun of it. Teens also are invited to visit the library to discover which books got voted the 2013 Teen Top 10. For more information, call the library at 970-879-0240 or visit

Haunted tours of Crawford House will be given Oct. 25

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and Spellbinders are partnering to present haunted tours of Steamboat Springs’ historic Crawford House on Oct. 25. The event will feature ghost stories from historic Colorado told at the Crawford House, 1184 Crawford Ave., at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Museum members attend free with a $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Space is limited. To make a reservation, call 970-879-2214.

Nominations for Navigator Awards are due Wednesday

Nominees are being solicited for this year’s businessperson, business and young professional of the year as part of the annual Navigator Awards, which are presented by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Navigator Award nominees must be actively involved in community projects that enrich the Steamboat Springs economy and community, foster a work atmosphere that encourages and supports employee development, possess a progressive management philosophy, exhibit leadership among Steamboat businesses and demonstrate positive support of business community.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday. To nominate an individual or business, visit

Past winners include:

■ Business of the Year: Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Bank, Yampa Valley Bank, BAP, Christy Sports, Prudential Steamboat Realty, Off the Beaten Path, F.M. Light & Sons, PostNet, Ski Haus, SmartWool, Ore House at the Pine Grove, Native Excavating and TIC.

■ Businessperson of the Year: Karl Gills, Grant Fenton, Dave Nagel, Chuck Porter, Rex Brice, David Baldinger Jr., Chris Diamond, John Kerst, Steve Dawes, Scott Ford, Andy Wirth, Mike Lomas, Rod Hanna and Julie Green.

■ Young Professional of the Year: Stephany Swinford, Sara Ferris and Ryan Marsden.

■ Sustainable Business of the Year: PostNet and Light Works of Steamboat. (This award is selected by Lyn Halliday with the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium.)

Winners will be recognized during a luncheon Oct. 30 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Tickets to the event are $35 per person or $300 for a corporate table of 10. Registration is available at

CDOT is working on road east of Rabbit Ears Pass

The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on a section of U.S. Highway 40 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass that is considered an active landslide, according to a news release.

“By building a retaining wall to hold the hillside in place, we will create a much smoother roadway in the future, and will eliminate the constant need for maintenance work in the area,” Project Engineer Justin Kuhn said in the release.

The retaining wall will be built about 15 feet high and 500 feet long on the east/downhill side of Muddy Pass. The highway also will be resurfaced, according to the release.

During construction, crews will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and drivers should expect delays of less than 15 minutes.

The $3.1 million project is scheduled for completion in mid-November.

For more information, call 970-819-5125 or email

Section of Stagecoach park is closed for rest of the year

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed the 0.60 mile tailwater section of Stagecoach State Park for a fishery and habitat restoration project, according to a news release. The tailwaters will remain closed for the rest of the year.

Routt County Road 18 to Sarvis Creek and Pleasant Valley will remain open through the fall, but parking along the county road is prohibited. Hunters accessing the Blacktail Conservation Easement can find alternate parking locations for the 2013 hunting seasons at the dam parking lot and the C.R. 18 parking lot. In addition, hunters can access the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement via the Adams State Wildlife Area off C.R.14.

The restoration project will restore habitat and improve the overall fishery resource. The project’s goals include creating specific angler access points that will minimize stream bank erosion and preserve the area  for future generations.  

The cooperative project with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is being funded through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Fishing is Fun program, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Trout Unlimited and private donors.

For more information about the project, go to or call Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436 or aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson at 970-871-2868.

Integrated Community is looking for English tutors

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to teach English. The in-home tutoring program trains and matches volunteers with limited English speaking community members. Get to know residents from other cultures while helping them learn English. For more information, call Roddy at 970-620-1513.

Integrated Community also is looking for volunteers to help with its Resource and Referral program. Practice your Spanish skills while assisting community members from other cultures. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Readers reminded of rules for agriculture burning

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to remind readers about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning:

■ Contact the Routt County Sheriff’s Office in advance at 970-879-1090.

■ Don’t burn on windy days and know the forecast weather conditions for your burn day (available at

■ Notify your neighbors so they don’t call in a fire report.

■ Have a shovel and water nearby to extinguish the fire.

■ Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop.

■ Never leave a fire unattended.

If an agricultural or debris fire damages private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the costs.

Design Committee seeks volunteers for downtown

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Design Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee focuses on how downtown Steamboat looks and functions. Some of the projects of the committee have included the downtown bus shelters; adopting Eagle Scout Park for cleanup, plantings and ongoing maintenance; assistance with the design and execution of the streetscape plan on Lincoln Avenue; and flower baskets. Upcoming projects will include the the Yampa Street revitalization and advocacy for sidewalks on Oak Street. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 for more information or to sign up for a meeting reminder email list.

The Haven offers daytime and overnight respite care

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden offers daytime and overnight respite care for older adults who need supervision. The Adult Activity and Care program is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The program includes lunch, activities and help with personal care needs. The cost is $75 per day or $50 for a half-day. Temporary overnight care is available for as many as 30 days for qualified individuals. Clients with memory care needs are welcome at a cost of $100 per day.

The Haven, which does not provide skilled nursing care, also has private and shared rooms available for qualified older adults. The Haven accepts Medicaid. For more information, go to or call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

Habitat ReStore is seeking volunteers to work in shop

Steamboat’s newly expanded Habitat ReStore is open in Riverside Plaza next to Pisa’s and needs volunteers to help price and sell donated furniture, lighting and building supplies. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 970-367-8001.

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