Steamboat briefs: City honored for upgrades to river funded by lottery |

Steamboat briefs: City honored for upgrades to river funded by lottery

The Colorado Lottery will award a 2015 Starburst Community Award to the city of Steamboat Springs for using lottery funds to help with Yampa River improvements, according to a news release.

The award will be presented at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

The project was completed early this summer with support from a $300,000 lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

Recreational improvements to the Yampa River include better river access, bank stabilization, parking and signage. These improvements enhance the river experience for a range of outdoor enthusiasts.

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

In fiscal year 2015 alone, the lottery distributed $127.9 million in proceeds. Since its creation 32 years ago, the lottery has returned more than $2.8 billion to the state of Colorado.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education. For more information about Starburst Awards, visit

Tickets on sale for historic 2nd annual cemetery tours

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Echoes of the Past Historic Hayden Cemetery Tour, a collaborative fundraiser for the Hayden Heritage Center Museum and the Hayden High School Theater and Creative Writing Program. Tours will take place Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 with tours starting at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m..

Participants will enjoy a wagon ride from the Haven Community room to the cemetery and embark on a guided lantern tour, where they will meet some of the colorful characters of West Routt County and hear their stories.

After the tour, participants will wagon ride back to the Haven Community Center where they can warm up with hot beverages and dessert.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Bring your own flashlight, or purchase a battery-operated, LED lantern before the tour at the museum table in the community room. There will also be a selection of local area history books available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at, in the museum gift shop or at the door the evening of the tour.

Seating is limited, and children 12 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Haven Assisted Living to host chili dinner fundraiser

Haven Assisted Living will host a chili dinner fundraiser from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Dinner tickets will be available at the door.

For more information call Hayden Museum curator Laurel Watson at 970-276-4380 or email

Girl Scouts host campfire event for troops, all alumni

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts and Alumni will host a Girl Scout campfire for Girl Scout troops and alumni from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Steamboat Campground/KOA, 3603 Lincoln Ave. (on the island).

The event will include sing-a-longs, skits, Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere, or SWAPS, and s’mores. Warm clothing is encouraged, and attendees are invited to bring a camp chair, a flashlight and SWAPS to share with others.

For more information, call Nancy Mucklow, Girl Scout volunteer, at 970-846-2630 or email

Coffee with Council slated for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday

Coffee with Council will continue with Councilman Scott Ford from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in the Crawford Room at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Topics of discussion include budgeting and how priorities are set, as well as the marijuana cultivation ordinance. In addition, Interim City Manager Gary Suiter will attend to meet with participants. Community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them and no RSVP is necessary. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Library, bookstore sponsor novel writing month

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore are sponsoring National Novel Writing Month for local writers who will embark on writing a 175-page (50,000 words) novel during November.

Prospective NaNoWriMo novelists are encouraged to gather for an informal, inspirational kickoff meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 in the library conference room to gather information and writing resources and begin forming a novel-writing support network.

During the month of November, Off the Beaten Path will offer after-hours Friday night Write-Ins for NaNoWriMo novelists to provide camaraderie, encouragement and quiet writing time. The sessions will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The library will offer resources and quiet spaces for NaNoWriMo novelists throughout the month. Interested novelists should visit the official NaNoWriMo website at to learn more about the national program and sign up, and for more about local NaNoWriMo support.

Steamboat Moms accepts donations of fall clothing

Steamboat Moms is now accepting donations for its fall clothing/gear swap and exchange, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at the Steamboat Grand. Official drop-off will be from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Grand. Those who cannot make that day and time should contact Lori Biagi to make prior arrangements to donate boys and girls clothing, baby gear, shoes and maternity wear. The group is accepting anything related to children of any age that is stain free and in decent condition. Call 970-846-5833 for more information.

Area museum displays artist’s photo retrospective

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is now exhibiting a 50-plus year photography retrospective by longtime regional photographer Rod Hanna. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 9.

Hanna moved to Steamboat Springs from Kansas City in 1975 after 13 years as an award-winning photojournalist and sports photography specialist. He then began a 25-year career marketing the Steamboat Ski Resort. During that time, he also served 10 years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos.

His interest turned to nature landscape and fine art photography. His photographs have appeared in a number of books by the National Football League and in a variety of national publications, including People, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Travel & Leisure.

Hanna is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs for his landscape photography and USA Today Sports Images for his legacy NFL photographs. In November 2007, he published his first book of his landscape photographs, “Seasons of Light, Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley,” and in 2010, his second book, “Seasons of Gold,” portraying autumn on Colorado’s Western Slope.

In 1984, he started and directed a workshop in Steamboat Springs called “Photography at the Summit” that ran for eight years and now is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work can also be seen at

Nearly 700 digital Forest Service maps available

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

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