Steamboat briefs: American Rivers returns for Yampa River cleanup July 9 |

Steamboat briefs: American Rivers returns for Yampa River cleanup July 9

The national conservation organization American Rivers will team up with local river organizations, Friends of the Yampa in Steamboat Springs and the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads in Craig, for a Yampa River Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 to remove any trash that may have been left by floaters during the long Fourth of July weekend.

“River cleanups, like the one we are doing here on the Yampa, allow us, as a community, to give back to the river, to engage and connect with the river while helping make our environment clean and visually appealing,” Kent Vertrees, of Friends of the Yampa, said. “July Fourth is a big weekend for people out on the river, and a lot of trash can wind up in and along it. We’re hoping this cleanup will have a meaningful impact and offset some of the damage from the holiday weekend.” 

Also pitching in that weekend will be the city of Steamboat Springs and CAN’d Aid, affiliated with Oskar Blues Brewery, with a post cleanup celebration. There will be food from Brooklyn’s Pizzeria, beer from Oskar Blues at Little Toots Park, just off the Yampa River Core Trail in downtown Steamboat, as well as a barbecue in Craig at Loudy Simpson Park.

In Steamboat, volunteers are urged to bike or walk to Little Toots Park at 12th Street to begin the work day. People planning to take part in Craig are asked to contact Robert Schenck in advance, before meeting at Dorsey State Wildlife Area, mile marker 99 on U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Craig.

Routt County United Way set to launch Women United

Routt County United Way is launching Women United, a new group targeted at uniting like-minded women to learn about and become involved in solving the community’s most critical issues.

Women United is based on one important principle: Women change lives when they join together.

Through Women United, Routt County United Way aims to bring Routt County women together to inspire engaged volunteering, active giving and advocacy actions that make a difference.

Women United will kick off with an inaugural luncheon on June 29. Those interested in joining are asked to contact Lauren Jenkins at 970-879-5605 or

Tera Johnson to perform in singer-songwriter legends

Bud Werner Memorial will host a night of live music at the library as Tera Johnson,  accompanied by Neil Marchman, pays tribute to songwriter icons from yesterday to day in an all-ages concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall.

Known for her soul sounds, phrasing and scatting in the jazz and blues world, Johnson has evolved into a genre of music all her own — folky soul. Graduating from world-acclaimed contemporary conservatory, Berklee College of Music, she now resides in Steamboat Springs. Visit for more information.

Presentation reaches out to grieving fathers Wednesday

Author Kelly Farley will discuss his book, “Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back Again,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The event is an opportunity for fathers grieving the loss of a child to find support and share stories with other parents experiencing similar loss. RSVP to Jo Anne Grace at 970-871-7629. Contact Kelly Farley at for more information.

Learn about Steamboat Springs’ 1st Fourth of July

Bud Werner Memorial will present “Flag for the Fourth: The True Story of Steamboat Springs’ First Independence Day,” an outdoor storytelling event with Spellbinder Marianne Capra, at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 3 on the library lawn.

The story will be told at the site of Steamboat Springs’ first-ever Fourth of July celebration, where the library now stands. Travel back to 1876 as the Crawford pioneers celebrate and find out who will save the day. Capra is a freelance natural and cultural historian. She has been a historic storytelling interpreter since 1994 in national parks, outdoor science schools, local nonprofits and Routt County’s schools.

The 45-minute live outdoor performance is designed for anyone 10 and older, and those planning to attend are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. Visit for more information.

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