Steamboat briefs: Applications accepted now for Leadership Steamboat |

Steamboat briefs: Applications accepted now for Leadership Steamboat

Leadership Steamboat is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 class.

The nine-month professional development program focuses on enhancing individual leadership skills, increasing understanding of how the community works and meeting professional leaders who guide the community and its businesses. Participants will work with national experts on leadership skills and local civic and business leaders who will share their insights on how things get done in the Yampa Valley.

At the initial meeting in September, the class will establish priorities for the issues and community concerns they would like to learn more about. Each year, the class identifies a community need and takes on a group project to solve that need through collaboration and project management.

Recent group projects have included the community garden on Oak Street, recycling containers along Lincoln Avenue, the initial Bike Guide, attractive benches in the downtown area, Yampa Valley Gives fundraising campaign, and last year, the Catch the Drift Yampa River education and environmental awareness program.

After an initial day-and-a-half orientation in late September, the class meets one Friday each month through early June 2016. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.

For information on the program, cost and an application, visit or call Angela Sherwood at 970-875-7000. The deadline for accepting applications is Sept. 4.

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Leadership Steamboat is a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association.

Routt County Road 27 closed through Monday

Routt County Road 27 will remain closed between Routt County Road 29 and Routt County Road 33 through 6 p.m. Monday due to a culvert replacement project. The detour route is C.R. 29 to Routt County Road 179 to C.R. 33, and it is marked with signage.

Award-winning author Laura Pritchett to return to library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with award-winning author Laura Pritchett at 7 p.m. Thursday as she shares the stories behind her new novel, "Red Lightning." Pritchett is one of the West's defining literary voices. She has published more than 100 essays and short stories in numerous magazines, and her work has been anthologized in the books including "Comeback Wolves," "A Dozen on Denver," "How the West Was Warmed," "West of 98" and others.

Pritchett's newest book broaches timely topics essential in the West – immigration, rural poverty, wildfires – with suspense and gritty wisdom as well as her trademark lyricism and grace. It is a revelatory coming-of-age story that continues relationships with characters Pritchett's readers have met before, showcasing new perspectives with hard-earned transformation and redemption.

This Library Author Series event is free, and books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit. for more information.

Spellbinder program aims to connect elders to youth

All grandparents, retirees, grown-up kids, former teachers and librarians are invited to be involved in the Steamboat Springs Spellbinder program. Spellbinders is dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures through time.

To become a Spellbinder in the Steamboat Springs Chapter, interested volunteers must attend a three-day Spellbinders Workshop Series, led by certified storyteller Sherry Holland. The workshops will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 through 26.

Participants will learn and then tell two stories: a three- to five-minute fable during the second session and a five- to 10-minute folktale for the last session.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants at a cost of $30 per person. The deadline to register for the class is Aug. 21. To sign up, contact Sarah Kostin, youth services librarian, at or 970-879-0240, ext. 314. 

Trained Spellbinder volunteers will have the opportunity to adopt a local elementary classroom to visit once per month (for a minimum of six visits) through the course of the school year.

North Routt BBQ slated for Aug. 29 at Hahn's Peak

The 14th annual North Routt BBQ will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse. Activities will include wagon rides, games, food, live music, silent auction, dunk tank, cow plop bingo and more. Bingo squares for $10 are being sold at the Clark Store for the chance to win a $250 cash prize. Barbecue tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 11 and free for kids 2 and younger. All proceeds from the event benefit North Routt Community Charter School. Call Stephanie at 970-871-9459 for more information. 

Bible Study to be offered Thursdays starting Aug. 27

A Community Bible Study will start Aug. 27 and be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane. Programs are available for women and children of all ages, including teens. There will be small group discussion on the book of "Romans." To register or for more information, call Susie Rinn at 970-879-2045 or Marcia Spitellie at 970-846-2865.