Steamboat briefs: Butcherknife delivers kegs to Steamboat restaurants |

Steamboat briefs: Butcherknife delivers kegs to Steamboat restaurants

Steamboat Springs’ Butcherknife Brewing Company delivered its first kegs to restaurants this past weekend, “culminating a journey to market spanning nearly five years,” according to a news release.

Butcherknife Blonde X is available at Carl’s Tavern and the Tap House Sports Grill in Steamboat, and the brewery’s own taproom on Elk River Road is set to open in several weeks.

“We’re thrilled to finally deliver on the promise we made to Steamboat so long ago,” founder Mark Fitzgerald said in the release.

“Strong local roots and longtime friendships in town have driven everything we’ve done to date,” co-founder Nate Johansing said in the release.

Fitzgerald started Butcherknife in 2009, and Johansing joined soon after, and they’ve been serving “homebrewed pilot batches to local fans since 2011, with a substantial volume donated to local charities and private fundraisers.”

According to the release, Butcherknife plans to distribute more than 1,000 barrels in its first year of operation. The company is starting with only draft beer but intends to can popular varieties within the year.

Atmos Energy files for gas rate increases in Colorado

A proposal by Atmos Energy to increase natural gas base rates would increase residential bills by an average of 5.4 percent in Northwest Colorado, according to a news release.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is taking public comment on the proposed rate increase at hearings in Greeley and Canon City. The department also is taking comments by mail at PUC, 1560 Broadway, Suite 250, Denver, CO 80202 and on its website. Comments should reference docket number 14AL-0300G.

The total rate increase would be $4.8 million. Rate increases for residential customers would be 7.2 percent in the northeast region, 5.4 percent in the northwest/central region, 7.7 percent in the southeast region and 7.6 percent in the southwest region.

Commercial customers in the northwest/central and southwest regions would not see a rate increase and might see a slight decrease. The northeast and southeast regions could see increases of 0.1 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

This most recent rate increase proposal comes after Atmos was granted a $1.3 million increase in base rate revenues in March based on its expenses. Atmos said that it has invested more than $14 million in its natural gas delivery system since the end of 2012.

Atmos provides natural gas service to more than 110,000 customers in 16 Colorado counties, including Routt.

The public hearing in Greeley is scheduled for June 19 at the Farr Regional Library, and the Canon City meeting is set for July 1 at a location yet to be determined. Both meetings will start at 4 p.m.

Mainstreet Steamboat Style Week begins Thursday

Join Mainstreet Steamboat for the Steamboat Style Weekend, which kicks off Thursday night with a champagne celebration at the Chief Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers and champagne. The fashion show, featuring summer styles presented by more than 15 downtown retailers, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $10, which includes the party, a participation button and a swag bag with exclusive savings for shopping Friday through Sunday at participating merchants. Tickets are available at Straightline Sports and at the door Thursday. For more information, call Mainstreet Steamboat at 970-846-1800.

Parks and Wildlife to offer hunting conclusion class

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting an Internet-based hunter education conclusion course from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22 at the Steamboat Springs CPW office. The majority of this course must be taken online, and students are required to complete the mandatory homework. Registration for the course is only for students who have successfully completed an approved online hunter education course prior to June 22. 

There are four options available for taking an online hunter education class; three involve additional cost and one option is free. The cost for the June 22 conclusion course is $5. The class is best suited for adults and youths 13 and older. Any youth under the age of 13 who opts to attend this class must have a parent or guardian attend the entire session with them. To learn more about online hunter education courses visit

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