Steamboat briefs: Area county road partially closed starting Wednesday |

Steamboat briefs: Area county road partially closed starting Wednesday

Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Routt County Road 21 will be closed to through traffic between the intersection of C.R. 21 and Colorado Highway 131 to the north and the intersection of C.R. 17 and Routt County Road 21 to the south for the replacement of the Watson Creek Bridge.

Motorists should plan to travel alternate routes during the closure period. The road is expected to be closed for approximately six weeks until Sept. 14. Contact Routt County Road and Bridge at 970-879-0831 for more information.

Steamboat city offices to be open Friday mornings

The city of Steamboat Springs will begin opening Friday mornings starting Friday, Aug. 5. City Hall, 137 10th St., and Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., will be open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the Parks and Community Services building, 245 Howelsen Parkway, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Other departments, which have already been open Friday mornings, such as the police station, fire department and planning department will continue to be open during this time. The public should be aware that the doors will be open, however some services may be limited.  

Applications available for Leadership Steamboat class

Leadership Steamboat is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 class.

The nine-month professional development program focuses on individual leadership skills, understanding 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 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.

Group projects include the recycling containers along Lincoln Avenue, the initial Bike Guide, benches in the downtown area, Yampa Valley Gives fundraising campaign, the Catch the Drift Yampa River education and environmental awareness program, and, last year, the installment of a sidewalk enabling the local foodbank and LiftUp of Routt County to expand operations.

After an initial day-and-a-half orientation in late September, the class meets one Friday each month through early June 2017. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.

For information about the program, cost and an application, visit or call Angela Sherwood at 970-875-7000. The application deadline is Sept. 2.

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

Crane Festival kids coloring contest open through Aug. 15

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival kids coloring contest will conclude in the coming weeks. The crane drawing is still available at the Bud Werner Children’s library, Ciao Gelato and the U.S. Forest Service office at U.S. Highway 40 and Weiss Drive. The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website

Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it to back to these same locations by Aug. 15. Winners will be notified in early September, and awards will be given out at a special ceremony at Bud Werner Library on Sept. 8 — opening night of the crane festival.

All contest entries will be displayed at the Bud Werner Library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Girl Scout campfire serves as informational event

Girls in kindergarten and first grade and current Daisy Girl Scouts are invited to enjoy hot dogs and s’mores from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Gazebo in West Lincoln Park. This informational event is to help new Daisy Girl Scouts and their parents learn about being in a Daisy troop. In addition to the cookout, there will also be activities for girls and information for parents. Contact Nancy Mucklow at  or 970-846-2630 for more information.

Shakespeare set on library lawn at 6 p.m. Saturday

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present The Great American Laughing Stock Company performing William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 on the library lawn. This is part of the free Piknik Theatre Festival, and audiences at this live theater event are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blanket and seating. Visit for information.

Community Bible Study scheduled to begin Aug. 25

A women’s Community Bible Study will begin Thursday, Aug. 25. Sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at host church, Concordia Lutheran Church.

The study is for all women in the community regardless of age or denomination. Child care and an active, educational children’s program is provided for babies to 5-year-olds, as well as homeschoolers with their moms.

Call Susie Rinn at 970-879-2045 or Marcia Spitellie at 970-846-2865 for more information. Pre-register now at

Tickets available for Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser

Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice on Sept. 10. Tickets are $10, and the race will start at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street bridge. A celebration with children’s activities and food vendors will follow at West Lincoln Park.

There will be $5,000 in cash prizes awarded, including a $1,500 grand prize, and people don’t have to be present to win. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health Hospice program.

Tickets are available at or at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Dr., suite 101 or Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Ave.

Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the race. Call Mindy Marriott for more information at 970-871-7609.

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