Steamboat Briefs: Annual Hayden Christmas tree ceremony is Saturday |

Steamboat Briefs: Annual Hayden Christmas tree ceremony is Saturday

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The annual ceremony will start at West Jefferson Avenue and South Fourth Street. There will be music, and Santa Claus will make an appearance to visit with children. The Hayden Mercantile will provide refreshments.

BLM seeks public comment about oil/gas development

The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office is seeking public comment regarding an offer to lease parcels of land for oil and gas development, according to a news release. The BLM, Colorado State Office, proposes to offer 28 parcels of land for oil and gas leasing within the WRFO’s management area in May 2011.

An Environmental Analysis of the proposed offering is posted on the WRFO website at for public review.

The document also can be viewed at the White River Field Office in Meeker, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Public comments can be mailed to James F. Moore, associate field manager, White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641, or sent by e-mail to The review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Chamber seeking artwork for 2011 All Arts Festival

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat All Arts Festival committee are seeking artwork to use for marketing and promotional materials for the third annual Steamboat All Arts Festival from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2011. Artwork submissions should represent Steamboat in the Summertime.

Submissions can be dropped off in hard copy form at the Steamboat Springs Visitors Center, 125 Anglers Drive, or e-mailed as a JPEG to The deadline is Nov. 30.

Annual Ski Ball fundraiser Dec. 4 to support SSWSC

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hosts the annual Ski Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 4 at The Steamboat Grand. The evening starts with cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction and will be followed by live music and dancing. Tickets are $100; corporate tables are $1,500. Tickets are available at the SSWSC office at Howelsen Lodge or online at The purchase deadline is Dec. 1.

Junior Storytellers program planned for local children

Bud Werner Memorial Library introduces Junior Storytellers for children ages 9 and older. Learn to tell folktales and stories in the oral tradition (without reading from a book). Each meeting will include improvisational games, practice using voice, gestures, and audience participation, and preparing to tell stories for a live audience. Junior Storytellers will be coached by Children’s Librarian Sarah Kostin and Strawberry Park Media Specialist Sherry Holland. Meet in the library’s Story-time Room at 4:45 p.m. (library closes at 5 p.m.) Sunday and Dec. 12.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is closing for Thanksgiving

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed today and Thursday.

Friends of backcountry to host fundraising ball Dec. 4

The Friends of the Routt Backcountry are hosting their 12th annual Backcountry Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 4 at the Depot Art Center. Kip Strean will perform, and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $25 at the door and $20 in advance. They are available at All That Jazz.

This organization was founded 12 years ago with the purpose of creating and maintaining a quality nonmotorized winter experience on public lands.

Phippsburg rummage shop running a Christmas sale

The Phippsburg Community Club rummage shop is having its Christmas sale every Thursday until Christmas (closed Thanksgiving). The shop is at Third Avenue and Pine Street in Phippsburg.

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