Steamboat briefs: Author of book about wildfire growth slated to speak at library |

Steamboat briefs: Author of book about wildfire growth slated to speak at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs presents award-winning journalist Michael Kodas talking about his new book, "Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Library Hall.
During a multi-media presentation, Kodas will share his exploration of the rising phenomenon of megafires — forest fires of alarming scale, intensity and devastation — and explain the science of what is causing them and the danger and heroism of those who fight them.
In "Megafire," Kodas travels to the most dangerous and remote wildernesses and neighborhoods to look at the heart of this phenomenon and witness firsthand the heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing against time to stop, or, at least, to tame these deadly flames.
From Colorado to California, China to Canada, the narrative hopscotches the globe and takes readers to the front lines of the battle, both on the ground and in the air, and in the laboratories, universities and federal agencies where this issue rages on.
Kodas is the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder, an award-winning photojournalist and reporter and the author of the bestselling book "High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed." He was part of a team of journalists at The Hartford Courant awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage in 1999.
Copies of "Megafire" will be available for sale and signing at this free Library Author Series event, courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Visit for information.

LiftUp produce drive at Safeway set to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday

A produce drive for the LiftUp food band will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Safeway in Steamboat Springs. People are encouraged to buy extra food and drop it off at the drive.

38th annual Moose's Loose set to benefit SSWSC athletes

The 38th annual Moose's Loose Golf Tournament, benefiting athletes of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20 with a shot-gun tee-off at 12:15 p.m. at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.
Hosted by Olympian Moose Barrows, the fundraiser includes 18 holes, 2 carts per team, beverages and an awards presentation at Slopeside Grill afterwards.
Each year, more than 100 participants join in the festivities in order to raise scholarship funds for SSWSC athletes. As a scholarship recipient of the Rocky Mountain News at a young age, Barrows understands the benefits of athletic scholarships.
At age 5, Barrows joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as a ski jumper. He quickly found passion in ski racing, where he found himself a standout on the race course. Thanks to his first scholarship, he was able to purchase a pair of used skis to begin his race career.
"Moose works hard to give back to athletes who are just like him that need financial assistance to achieve their goals" said SSWSC Executive Director Jim Boyne in a news release. "The Moose's Loose Tournament brings together the community to benefit local athletes who use this funding to compete and enjoy the world class coaching programs of the SSWSC."
To register for the golf tournament, visit to download an application or email

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