Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks volunteers for Hot Air Balloon Rodeo |

Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks volunteers for Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

The Steamboat Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers for the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on July 11 and 12 to help launch 30-plus hot air balloons over the Yampa Valley. No experience is necessary. Those who aren’t interested in serving on the balloon crew can become a judge in the exciting “Splash and Dash” competition where the hot air balloons dip into the water to be judged on biggest splash and longest dash. All volunteers will receive a volunteer T-shirt. Visit to sign up or email

County offers Junior Master Gardener workshops

Four gardening workshops for third- through fifth-graders will be offered this summer at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The workshops, taught by CSU Master Gardeners, are sponsored by Routt County CSU Master Gardeners, Yampa River Botanic Park and the 4-H Youth Development Program.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday and June 27, July 11 and Aug. 15. There will be a $10 materials fee for each workshop. 

Participants may find more information or sign up for one or more sessions at the CSU Routt County Extension Office or by visiting and clicking on the link under Events.

Student makes dean’s list in Ithaca, New York

Martha Anderson, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. To qualify, a student must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or better while attending the university full time. Anderson was also a member of the women’s varsity polo team, which this spring won the national intercollegiate championship. 

Library screens global tap dance film Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre present a special Dance on Film screening of “Tap World” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. The film’s executive producer, Jeff Peters, will be present at the event to talk about the making of the film and host a question-and-answer session.

The new feature-length documentary tells a global story about American rhythm. It shows how this uniquely American art form has been given an exciting resurgence through the embrace of dancers and audiences around the world. A new universal and growing family of tap dancers is re-invigorating the dance form, making Saturday’s opportunities for creation virtually limitless.

Visit for more information.

Student graduates Colorado College magna cum laude

Kayleigh Esswein, a 2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Colorado College. In May, Esswein was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Esswein was among about 500 students who received their degrees during Colorado College’s 141st commencement ceremony.

Park design committee seeks project volunteers

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Design Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee focuses on how downtown Steamboat looks and functions.

Some of the projects the committee has completed included the downtown bus shelters; adopting Eagle Scout Park for cleanup, plantings and ongoing maintenance; assisting with the design and execution of the streetscape plan on Lincoln Avenue; and flower baskets. Upcoming projects will include the Yampa Street revitalization and advocacy for sidewalks on Oak Street. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 for more information or to sign up for a meeting reminder email list.

VNA advises tick awareness during spring and summer

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises residents be aware of ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months when ticks are most active. Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick-borne relapsing fever.

Ticks should be removed from skin as soon as possible. People who remove ticks from a person or a pet need to wash their hands immediately. If you become ill after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention.

Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited. Wear protective clothing – long-sleeved shirts and long pants – and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present. For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, visit

Integrated Community in need of tutor volunteers

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is seeking volunteers for its adult and youth English tutoring programs. 

Volunteers are trained and matched with either an immigrant student in need of academic support or a limited-English speaking community member, depending on preference. 

Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No foreign language experience is necessary. Email or call Laura at or 970-819-3720.

Community members have the opportunity to learn English while bringing their preschool children to a special children’s program through Integrated Community, which is held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Participants are asked to bring a healthy snack, and there is a $30 fee to register for this Colorado Mountain College class. Call Jen at 970-846-2076 for more information.

Location for rechargeable battery collection changed

Steamboat Springs City Hall is no longer accepting rechargeable, lithium and button cell batteries for recycling. These items can be dropped off at Mogil’s on the Mountain in Dream Island Plaza during their business hours, which are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For a complete list of recycling locations, visit

BookTrails offers students college essay assistance

BookTrails, in collaboration with Colorado Student Care, offers help to local college applicants with their college essay process. As a reminder, many early decision deadlines are quickly approaching, and applicants should give themselves ample time for the essay-editing process. Visit for more information about essay help, and contact Colorado Student Care at 970-870-1733 for general information and help on the college application process. 

Local groups reach out to returning soldiers

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Girl Scouts in Steamboat looking for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

Copper Magnate accepts throwaway electronics

The Copper Magnate reminds Routt County residents it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord. The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site.

All electronics and car batteries, with the exception of televisions, are free to recycle, as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. For more information, call 970-846-6991.

Applications for LIFT-UP meal program accepted

LIFT-UP is accepting applications for the Rocket Pack, a program designed to ensure children have healthy meals during the summer when school lunches are not available. For more information, call 970-870-8804 or visit

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