Steamboat briefs: City continues tree project on Emerald Mountain |

Steamboat briefs: City continues tree project on Emerald Mountain

The city of Steamboat Springs is collaborating with the Colorado State Forest Service to implement a hazard tree mitigation project on Emerald Mountain. Work began in July and is expected to last through mid-October.

The city will be implementing the work plan identified in the Emerald Mountain Forest Management Plan on the Orton and Gossard open space parcels. This project will complete the planned tree removal operations of beetle kill trees that began in 2010.

The city will work with Routt County Riders and execute volunteer work days to get trails reopened as quickly as possible. During this reclamation process, there will also be opportunities to re-route unsustainable sections of trails.

Following is an approximate timeline for trail closures, which may change depending on weather conditions and on ground challenges.

■ Aug. 1 to Oct. 15:  Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez

■ Sept. 6 to 23: Upper Morning Gloria

■ Thursday to Saturday: One full day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain Trail System while helicopter logging and tree removal is in progress

Access to the backside of the mountain remains open via Lower No Mo’ Bluez to Wild Rose and Lane of Pain. Beall and Ridge trails will not be affected by this project and will remain open.

Races such as the Steamboat Stinger and Run Rabbit Run will occur as scheduled.

Films about national parks in state continues at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Heart of the World: Water,” the second episode of a three-part documentary about Colorado’s national parks, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall.

The odyssey continues through five of America’s most beautiful and diverse National Parks, each landscape is dramatically different, each sharing the common border in what many consider to be America’s most beautiful state: Colorado. Narrated by Grammy-winning country music star Kathy Mattea, with music by 10-time Grammy nominee Peter Kater, “Heart of the World: Colorado’s National Parks” tells the stories of Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes Park and Preserve, Colorado National Monument and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

In celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, this series continues with part three, “Heart of the World: People and the Parks,” on Oct. 6. Visit for more information.

Papa Murphy’s donates over $400 to disaster relief

Papa Murphy’s Steamboat Springs donated more than $400 to the Italian Red Cross following a fundraising event held Sept. 2. “We were very humbled by the support we received from the community,” said owner Jordan Kenning. “While we had initially planned on donating $1 for each pizza sold, sales exceeded our expectations and we were able to increase our donation amount substantially.”

LiftUp seeks volunteers for center, food bank, store

LiftUp 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 Suzanna Bloom at 970-870-0727.

VIP membership for Chief Theater drive underway

The VIP membership drive for the Chief Theater is now underway.

Three membership levels are available — bronze, for $150; silver, for $250; and gold, for $350 — each with carrying more benefits.

Depending on the membership level selected, benefits may include two-for-one drink specials, reserved seating, access to limited-edition posters, early seating, discounts on theater rentals and merchandise and VIP members-only annual party.

Additionally, business owners choose VIP corporate memberships, including corporate membership, for $500, and Corporate Platinum membership, for $750.

For more information and to purchase a membership, visit

Call 811 to reduce risk of damaged utility lines

Did you know that, before you dig, it is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked? Atmos Energy wants to remind homeowners and excavators that they are required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked before digging.

Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care across all line markings by digging by hand.

“The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said Gary Gregory, president of Atmos Energy’s Colorado division, in a news release. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”

Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chances of hitting an underground utility line decreases by 99.9 percent.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the location of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.

Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015.

“We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law,” Gregory said. “Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators should call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property.

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