Steamboat briefs: BLM to temporarily close trailhead for improvements |

Steamboat briefs: BLM to temporarily close trailhead for improvements

BLM to temporarily close trailhead for improvements

The Bureau of Land Management to temporarily close trailhead west of Steamboat Springs for trailhead improvements.

The BLM will close Emerald Mountain Trailhead on Cow Creek Road — Routt County Road 45 — for about four weeks beginning Wednesday to perform trail improvements. To access this trail system until the project is finished, use the first gate on Cow Creek Road off of Routt County Road 33. The BLM is improving the trailhead to provide parking for vehicles and horse trailers to access the Ridge, Beall and Rotary trails and installing toilet facilities.

Chamber expects about 7,000 visitors for weekend

About 7,000 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 44 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 81 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 57 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 33 percent full. Lodging is expected to dip to 4,500 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.

Groups set to present 2015 Soil Health Tour Wednesday

Colorado State University Extension, Routt County Conservation District and NRCS will host the 2015 Soil Health Tour Wednesday at the Frentress Ranch outside Hayden. Attendees should meet at 1:50 p.m. at the Hayden Town Hall parking lot. The tour begins at 2 p.m. and will end with a happy hour, discussion and question and answer session at the Hiway Bar.

Mitsch Bush, Baumgartner to host meet and greet

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush and Sen. Randy Baumgartner will host a legislative meet and greet from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Butcherknife Brewery, 2875 Elk River Road. Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will supply the refreshments. To RSVP or for more information, email

Success Steps seminar set for 6 p.m. Wednesday

A Success Steps seminar about financial statements will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The session will be presented by Randy Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center. Topics include elementary rules of accounting that guide financial statement creation; income statements/profit-loss statements; balance sheets and cash flow statements; the benefits of accurate, up-to-date financial statements; and how to define and track critical success factors. The cost of the seminar is $10 per person, and coffee will be provided. To register or for information, call 970-870-4491. The series is a collaboration of the Entrepreneurship Center and Yampa Valley SCORE. It is sponsored by Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

LIFT-UP seeks volunteers to work in donation center

LIFT-UP of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization’s donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Jackie at 970-870-0727.

Wild West Air Fest slated to host aerobatic airshow

A high-flying airshow, troop tributes and skydivers will highlight the 2015 Wild West Air Fest Sept. 5 and 6 at the Bob Adams Airport in Steamboat Springs.

The Rocky Mountain Renegades will perform maneuvers, the Steamboat Spring Civil Air Patrol Color Guard will honor the nation and skydivers will float down to the airport. Those with an adventurous streak can fly in a historic plane such as a 1941 Piper J-3 Cub, 1943 Beechcraft C-45J and 1945 TBM Avenger.

The air fest, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, also includes a vintage and warbird static aircraft display, classic cars and kids’ activities. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $15 for the weekend, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 for the weekend and free for children younger than 5. The airshows will begin at 11:30 a.m. each day.

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