Steamboat briefs: Bessie Minor Swift Foundation still accepting applications |

Steamboat briefs: Bessie Minor Swift Foundation still accepting applications

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Routt County. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 15, and recipients will be announced May 1. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000.

Interested nonprofits can apply online at

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and also to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels.

The foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. The foundation occasionally supports programs for adults as well.

More than $374,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature.

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Steamboat Pilot & Today and

Nonprofit organizations in the area are encouraged to apply. Visit for more information.

Lodging barometer predicts 94 percent capacity Saturday

About 13,300 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 94 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 85 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 88 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 8,600 visitors by Wednesday.

The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Steamboat library seeks board of trustees applicants

The Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs is accepting applications from interested individuals to serve on the library board of trustees. Applicants must reside in the East Routt Library District (RE-2 School District). For a description of board member duties and responsibilities and to obtain an application form, visit or contact Library Director Chris Painter at 970-367-4904 or The deadline to apply is Friday.

Local student named to dean’s list at Colby College

Andrew J. Williamson, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2016-17 year. Williamson is one of 521 Colby students — or 27 percent of the student body — to qualify for the Dean’s List this semester.

Williamson, a member of the Class of 2020, attended Steamboat Springs High School and Emerald Mountain School and is the son of Charles and Mary Williamson of Steamboat Springs. Williamson earned a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher this fall to be included on Colby’s Dean’s List.

Library screens documentary about global artist Lily Yeh

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “The Barefoot Artist,” a new documentary film about Lily Yeh, a 70-year-old global artist, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 in Library Hall.

“The Barefoot Artist” is a visually stunning and deeply emotional film by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub about the long and colorful life of Yeh, a Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world’s most troubled areas.

Beginning with an unprecedented sculpture garden in the projects of North Philly that, 18 years later, became known as “The Village of Arts and Humanities,” the film also shows Yeh in action in various far-flung locations such as Kenya and Rwanda, where she teaches survivors of war and calamity to make murals and build sculptures drawn from their own experience.

Visit for more information.

Steamboat graduate named to university fall dean’s list

Melissa Requist, a 2016 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, has been named to the Dean’s List with Distinction at the University of Arizona for the fall 2016 semester. Dean’s List with Distinction is students with a perfect 4.0 in a full semester of classes. Request is studying for dual degrees in biomedical engineering from the College of Engineering and flute performance from the College of Music.

Study abroad language grant available to local students

The Dring Language Fellowship will provide up to $2,500 for a Routt County high school or college student to study a foreign language abroad. Previous fellowship winners have studied French, Spanish, Norwegian and other languages while they stayed for up to a year abroad.

The fellowship emphasizes individual immersion in a language. The program, sponsored the past seven years by Jan and Bill Dring, is administered through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Routt County high schools. Visit for more information and an application.

Bridgett Wagner appointed to The Steamboat Institute board

The Steamboat Institute announced that Bridgett Wagner has been appointed to the organization’s board of directors.

Wagner is a well-known leader in the conservative movement. She is the vice president for external relations at The Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank in Washington D.C. Her previous positions at Heritage included director of development, director of business relations and director of events. Wagner also serves as a trustee for the University of Dallas and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, as well as director of the State Policy Network and the Foundation for Government Accountability.

“We are honored to add Bridgett Wagner to The Steamboat Institute Board,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and CEO of The Steamboat Institute. “As one of the conservative movement’s best-known and well-connected leaders, Bridgett brings a wealth of experience and insight to guide The Steamboat Institute in this exciting new phase of our development.”

Wagner is a proven champion of The Steamboat Institute’s goals of limited government, fiscal responsibility, free market capitalism, a strong national defense and individual rights.

“I’m thrilled to join the outstanding board of The Steamboat Institute,” Wagner said. “I’ve closely followed the work of Jennifer Schubert-Akin and this dynamic group of leaders.  Each year, their Freedom Conference & Festival has brought some of the most important thought leaders together with some of the most thoughtful influencers in the West.”

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