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Steamboat briefs: Chamber, Pilot to present annual Navigator Awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today, in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will present the annual Navigator Awards during a luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Award categories include Business of the Year, Businessperson of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. A keynote presentation by Al White and John Ricks, of the Colorado Tourism Office, will cover the Destination Colorado program. 

The luncheon also serves as the Chamber’s 106th annual meeting.

The cost to attend the event is $35 per person or $300 for a corporate table of 10. Register at or call Maren McCutchen at 970-875-7005.

Steamboat man issued summons for July incident

The Steamboat Springs man related to the crash that killed a 60-year-old German man riding a motorcycle July 2 on Lincoln Avenue has been charged in Routt County Court with careless driving resulting in death.

If convicted, Scott Penfold faces a minimum of 10 days in jail and a maximum of one year in jail.

Police have been awaiting official lab results from the state before charging Penfold. Police Chief Joel Rae said those results arrived last week.

Detective Josh Carrell said the test results showed Penfold was not under the influence of drugs. Penfold claims he crashed because of a medical condition.

Penfold was driving the Jeep Liberty that crashed into Fels Bernhard.

Penfold is due in court Nov. 19.

Soups class to focus on using local ingredients

“Stellar Soups for Immune Support,” a class about making soups with locally grown ingredients, is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Shelly’s Soups & More, 135 11th St.

The program will focus on the health benefits of soups and how to source ingredients locally, including growing them yourself, buying from local growers and gathering in the wild. 

The cost is $10 and includes samples of soups. Proceeds benefit Yampatika. Call 970-871-9151 to sign up.

River restoration project on Yampa to start Wednesday

The city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department will begin a river restoration project on the Yampa River at Dr. Rich Weiss Park starting Wednesday. The project is designed to create three access points to the river and stabilize the bank, according to a news release

Funding for the project was secured through Great Outdoors Colorado. The city has contracted with Ecological Resource Consultants and Nordic Excavating to complete the project, which is expected to take about two weeks, according to the release.

For more information, call 970-871-7034.

Emerald Mountain trails are closed for the season

Trails on Emerald Mountain are closed for the season due to wet and muddy conditions, according to a city of Steamboat Springs news release. This closure is done every year when conditions get muddy in order to protect the trails from being damaged and deteriorating. City officials urge people to protect the trails by obeying signs and staying off of them during this season.

Atmos advises residents to prepare for winter months

With winter on the horizon, Atmos Energy Corporation is reminding customers to sign up for service online before the winter rush.

“We recently upgraded our online account center to help customers establish natural gas service, pay a bill and view natural gas usage on their own and at their own pace,” Dave Good, Atmos Energy’s Colorado vice president of operations, said in a news release.

In order to receive the fastest service possible, new customers should sign-up for service at, said Good.

Customers wanting to re-establish service still must call Atmos Energy toll-free at 1-888-286-6700 to speak with an agent.

“This rule applies to our customers who suspend their natural gas service during the warmer months and then rush to get service turned back on as soon as we experience our first cold snap,”  Good said. “These customers will need to call our contact centers to re-establish service. Please keep in mind, this rush of turn-on requests can create high call volumes and slow down service.”

The best time to call the center is weekday afternoons; mornings typically are the busiest time at Atmos’ two call centers.

Call centers are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CST) Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Registration is open for middle school programs

Registration is open for the following middle school programs:

■ Teens on Tour: The program allows sixth- through eighth-graders to travel out of Steamboat Springs to experience recreation opportunities in the region. Past trips have included shopping trips, indoor climbing, arcades, laser tag, paintball and more. The next trip is Nov. 7 and 8. The cost is $100.

■ Girls Reaching out Wider: The program for sixth- to eighth-grade girls features education about health, outdoor adventures, resiliency skills, self-defense, leadership development, and arts and crafts. Possible activities include pottery, jewelry making, self-defense, yoga, swimming, public speaking and community service projects. The next session is Tuesdays from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17. The cost is $100.

Registration for these programs is open through Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at or at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services office, 245 Howelsen Parkway. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Kate Warnke at 970-879-4300 or

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