Steamboat briefs: Author, journalist to present how-to-write-book seminar |

Steamboat briefs: Author, journalist to present how-to-write-book seminar

Published author and journalist Edith Lynn Beer will give a brown bag seminar, "Writing a Book That Sells," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Mountain College in Bristol Hall, Room 220. She will discuss details involving online publishing as well as trade publishers, and how to write and organize a book. The cost is $40. Participants also will receive a resource list identifying trustworthy online publishers, print publishers, agents and editors seeking writers. For information, call 970-870-4444.

Arts Council is seeking

Art in the Park volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help with the 40th annual Art in the Park on Saturday and Sunday. Art in the Park is a venue where 140 artisans sell their original work with 14 food vendors.  

Volunteers are needed for the event to help with the beer tent and entry gate and for the set-up, which started Thursday and take down on Sunday at 4 p.m.  Call 970-879-9008 or email

Bike Sponsorship Day raises money for trail maintenance

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp's annual Sponsorship Day raised nearly $2,500 for the Routt County Riders Trail Maintenance Fund from opening day bike ticket proceeds June 12. Sponsorship Day, in its second year, kicks off the summer bike season on Mount Werner and across Steamboat Ski Area.

"Sponsorship Day demonstrates the true partnership spirit of Bike Town USA and turned out to be a great way to kick off action in the Steamboat Bike Park for a great cause that benefits the entire community," Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp, said in a news release. "The dollars raised on this special day will go a long way in helping maintain trails across Routt County for a vast majority of the biking population."

Routt County Riders' trail maintenance projects will benefit from the $2,460 raised. Ski Corp. donates 100 percent of the day's bike ticket proceeds and $15 from every bike rental to the club fund. In just two years, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has donated nearly $7,500 via the Sponsorship Day program.

Formed in the early 1990s, Routt County Riders is dedicated to all things cycling in and around Steamboat Springs. Its a nonprofit organization and International Mountain Biking Association Chapter club that promotes all variations of biking, year-round commuting and adaptive cycling across the Yampa Valley.

The Steamboat Bike Park on Mt. Werner offers nearly 2,200 vertical feet of lift-served, gravity-fed and downhill flow trails. This summer, the park unveiled Tenderfoot, a new top-to-bottom beginner trail, and is in the process of putting the finishing touches on Flying Diamond, its second jump, flow trail.  

Smokey Bear to fly at Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Glow

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Smokey Bear hot air balloon will fly above the Yampa Valley as one of more than 30 balloons participating in the 33rd annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in Steamboat Springs.

The Smokey Bear Balloon, at nearly 100 feet tall and 75 feet wide, was built and sent aloft by a unique public/private partnership of volunteers, private sponsors, National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Forest Service. According to a USFS news release, the balloon's first public voyage was in October 1993 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.

This weekend, local USFS staff will be assisting Smokey's crew in launching and landing the balloon and will be on hand at the launch field to interact with spectators. There is also the possibility of appearances by Smokey Bear himself at the family-friendly event, the news release stated.

In addition to the morning flights, the Smokey Bear crew will be participating in Saturday night's Balloon Glow by illuminating a smaller version of the balloon.

Smokey Bear turns 70 on Aug. 9, and his message is aimed at preventing human-caused wildfires.

Buffalo Pass remains closed 3 miles east of Dry Lake

Buffalo Pass Road remains closed by snow, according to Routt National Forest officials.

On the Steamboat Springs side, the road is currently closed about 3 miles east of the Dry Lake Campground above the top of the switchbacks. Forest visitors coming from the Walden side should be aware that the road is closed at milepost 15 near the junction with Forest Road 625.

Motorists are reminded to not drive off-road to get around snow drifts or gates. This causes damage to roads and natural resources and puts travelers at risk of becoming stuck.

"While the late-season snowpack will be beneficial to many natural resources, it has reduced early summer access and we appreciate the public remaining patient," Hahn's Peak-Bears Ears District Ranger Chad Stewart said in a news release. "We will monitor conditions on both sides with the intent of opening up as soon as is feasible, possibly within the next couple of weeks. Until then, there are many areas already open to access and enjoy."

Forest visitors are encouraged to contact the Forest Service at 970-723-2700 prior to traveling to this area to verify the open status and road conditions. 

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Redefining Happy Hour yoga session is Friday

ROOTZ, at 737 Lincoln Ave., will host a free Redefining Happy Hour event Friday. Heidi Swoboda, a certified Kundalini yoga instructor, will be leading a free "SuperHealth Yoga" session from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

Friends of Wilderness gets grant, hosts ceremony

A Wilderness Showcase grant ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Fish Creek Falls Park, and the public is invited to attend. Kent Foster, recreation program manager for the Hahn's Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, of the U.S. Forest Service, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will include the unveiling of a renovated sign at the park and an explanation of the grant project. Megan Foster, with Yampatika, will provide an interpretive talk on Wilderness. Later in the morning, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, the U.S. Forest Service and Friends of the Wilderness will meet at the Mad Creek trailhead and travel onto the Red Dirt trailhead for a continuation of the grant project. Steamboat Springs' Friends of Wilderness group was awarded one of only 20 $5,000 grants handed out by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. The grant awards commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Kiwanis Club announces CMC student scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs now is accepting applications for the Benita Bristol Scholarship. The applicant must be attending or about to attend Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, and the applicant must have been a Routt County resident for at least two years and involved in community activities. The scholarship will be awarded based mainly on financial need, and the applicant's CMC education shall be in pursuit of a career. Application forms are available from and must be returned to Vicky Ho at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office (970-871-4208, or Carl Vail at Kamar (970-879-2591). Applications must be received by Aug. 1. The Kiwanis scholarship committee will review applications and select the recipient by Aug. 15.

Student from Oak Creek awarded scholarship

Mackenzie Carnahan, of Oak Creek, has been awarded the Boeing Company Business and Accountancy Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Truman State University Foundation for 2014-15. She is a junior business administration major at the university, which is located in Kirksville.