Steamboat briefs: Aprés Ski Way, Village Drive project reviewed at 9 a.m. Aug. 11 |

Steamboat briefs: Aprés Ski Way, Village Drive project reviewed at 9 a.m. Aug. 11

— Work is underway on the realignment of the intersection of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive near the base of Steamboat Ski Area and a public information meeting will be held at 9 a.m. today in the Sundowner meeting room at One Steamboat Place.

Check in with the valet attendants for directions to the Sundowner room and complimentary parking. Officials will provide an overview the project scope, review the construction schedule and look ahead at planned work during the next two weeks.

The project is a collaboration between the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority.

Steamboat Institute honors CU President Bruce Benson

Bruce D. Benson, president of the University of Colorado, is receiving the Courage in Education Award from the Steamboat Institute at the 2016 Freedom Conference on Saturday, Aug. 27.

“In recent years, we have observed many universities caving to the pressures of ‘political correctness’ and, in the process, stifling free speech and intellectual diversity on college campuses,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and CEO of the Steamboat Institute in a news release.

“Fortunately, for the citizens of Colorado and the students at CU, President Bruce Benson has demonstrated courage and leadership by encouraging intellectual diversity and free speech at CU,” Schubert-Akin continued.

“I’m honored to be the first recipient of the Steamboat Institute’s Courage in Education Award,” Benson said in the news release. “It recognizes the important work we are engaged in at CU to ensure that diversity is thought of as a part of our institutional culture. It’s critical that we teach students how to think, not what to think, and that our university is a place that values and promotes debate, discussion and, above all, free speech.”

Cardiovascular screenings offered at no cost for seniors

Northwest Colorado Health will offer free cardiovascular and diabetes screenings for older adults from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the American Legion in Hayden, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the South Routt Community Center in Oak Creek and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Drop-ins are welcome.

The Routt County Council on Aging offers Senior Eat and Greet lunches at noon on these dates. There is a $3 suggested donation for seniors 60 and older. To make reservations, call 970-879-0633.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival registration remains open

Registration for the 2016 Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held in Steamboat Springs and Hayden on Sept. 8 to 11, is underway. Most festival events are free and do not require registration.

Some activities with limited space do require advance registration and a nominal registration fee. These events include guided crane viewing shuttles and bird walks, crane-friendly working ranch tour, a wine, cheese and crane art gallery show, nature writing workshop, wildlife photography workshop and a barbecue dinner at the Carpenter Ranch picnic. Kids events requiring registration include a family activities night at a Hayden ranch, crane puppet and storytelling workshop with Heather Henson and owl pellet workshops. For the complete festival schedule and registration information, visit

Hayden Library selects its final Reader of the Week

Hayden Library has selected Alaina Wille as its eighth, and final, Reader of the Week for its summer reading program. Alaina will be a seventh-grader and wants to be a meteorologist when she grows up.

She lives with her parents, Alicia Penrose and Matthew Heiner, and brothers Jordan, 15, Josh, 10, and Gabe, 6. This is the family’s third year living in Hayden. This summer, the family will go camping at Elkhead and California Park.

Alaina’s best friends are Molly Look, Jillian Bennett and Aveory Lighthizer. Alaina has six chickens and her dog Rosie. Blue is her favorite color, and salad is her favorite food, but when asked if that’s all she likes to eat, she added, “well, pizza is good, too.”

Alaina spends her free time riding her bike and baking, and she has brought her cupcakes to the library staff.

In school, she enjoys learning about science and reading. She plays soccer and was the wrestling manager last year. Her favorite book is “The Great Unexpected,” by Sharon Creech, which had a big impact on her life, and another favorite is, “The Lightening Thief,” by Rick Riordan.  

Her advice to young readers is, “First try reading a couple of pages to see if you like the book.”

BLM seeks public comment on wild horse bait-trapping

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to bait-trap wild horses in northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin to administer fertility treatments and remove as many as 50 horses.

The BLM is proposing to use a bait-trapping method in which wild horses in and near the Sand Wash Herd Management Area would be attracted to corrals. While confined in a corral, BLM employees and Sand Wash Advocacy Team members would identify mares that would be treated with a contraceptive called PZP, which delays fertilization, before being released back to the range.

As many as 50 young wild horses would be removed for placement in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary training and adoption program.

“Our partnership with SWAT and GEMS has been vital to meeting our goal of maintaining the health of the Sand Wash wild horses and the lands they depend upon,” said BLM Northwest District Manager Joe Meyer.

The BLM manages the area for as many as 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance. Treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd.

The BLM seeks comment on the Environmental Assessment of this gather plan, available at the Little Snake Field Office at 455 Emerson St. in Craig and at Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted to

Comments should be submitted by Sept. 4.

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