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Steamboat briefs: Ballot Trail now operational for county mail ballot voters

Ballot Trail now operational for county mail ballot voters

Starting with the Nov. 3 election, Routt County will be utilizing Ballot Trail, an innovative mail ballot tracking and communication engine developed for Routt County’s mail ballot voters by the local election division and i3logix, a Denver-based software company. Ballot Trail is now operational, and it is only available to voters in Routt County. To sign up for the new service, visit

Election forum scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. today at hotel

The 2015 Election Forum, sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and the Routt County Republican and Democrat parties, has expanded to two nights due to the number of candidates running for Steamboat Springs City Council and Steamboat Springs School Board.

The first forum will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Steamboat Grand and will focus on Steamboat School Board candidates, the one contested race for Colorado Mountain College’s board of trustees and the Steamboat School District’s bond issue and mill levy override ballot proposals.

The second forum is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Grand, and its focus will be on Steamboat City Council races and the local broadband referendums. Both forums will begin with a candidate meet-and-greet from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar available.

Museum to host public tours of collections, facilities

Twice per month, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will host 20-minute, behind-the-scenes public tours of the museum’s collections and storage facility. The tours begin at noon today and Oct. 20. No reservations are required to attend these free tours. Call 970-879-2214 for more information.

Council selects Osbourn as September’s Teen of Month

Annie Osbourn has been selected as the Steamboat Springs Teen Council’s Teen of the Month for September.

The Steamboat Springs High School senior was chosen for this honor by members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council because she is an outstanding teen in the community and embodies the values of Teen Council, which include demonstrating that teens are valuable community assets, acting as a leader and/or a positive role model amongst their peers and being committed to community service.

Osbourn is involved in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. She is a member of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams, is a junior mentor with STARS, has been a Student Council member for four years and is currently an officer. In addition, she is an active member of NHS and has been on LINK Crew for two years. Though she is heavily involved with all of these activities, Annie still manages to maintain a 4.0 GPA. She said she is motivated to be so involved because, “I get to meet so many inspirational people. Every person has a lesson to teach and a way to inspire someone. I have learned something from every person I have met and I am grateful to have those opportunities and finding ways to better myself.”

Annie’s classmates describe her as someone who is selfless and always willing to help others, someone who is hardworking and determined. She describes her biggest accomplishment as becoming a volleyball and basketball captain.

“I am honored to have my teammates’ respect,” Annie said.

Annie is very humble in her successes and said she couldn’t have done it without the help of her parents, who have taught her hard work and compassion, her coach, Pio Utu, who has taught her how to be happy and has given her inspiration, and her friend Tess Richey, who Annie describes as someone who is selfless, humble and mature and always does the right thing.

After graduation, Annie plans to go to college to become a physical therapist. In her junior year, she tore her ACL, MCL and meniscus, and she said it was extremely difficult not being able to play and having to sit and watch her team. With the help of her physical therapists and her own hard work, Annie is now almost fully recovered and able to play sports again this year.

The Steamboat Teen Council, in its ninth consecutive year, works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community at large and provide substance-free and alternative activities for youth. The program is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and funded through a grant from Routt County United Way and the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation.

To learn more about Steamboat Springs Teen Council, visit

Ford, Suiter scheduled to speak to community Friday

Coffee with Council will continue with Councilman Scott Ford from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Crawford Room at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.. Some topics of discussion for this week include budgeting and how priorities are set, as well as the marijuana cultivation ordinance. In addition, Interim City Manager Gary Suiter will be at the coffee to meet with participants. Community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them and no RSVP is necessary. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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