Steamboat briefs: City lodging reports in for summer visit estimates |

Steamboat briefs: City lodging reports in for summer visit estimates

About 8,600 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 54 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 57 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 40 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 6,400 visitors by next Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Hayden Public Library selects reader of the week

Hayden Public Library has selected 9-year-old Joseph Hockaday as its Reader of the Week for the library’s summer reading program. Every week, Joseph and his little sister, Emily, visit the library and put their name in the “readers’ box,” so he was “excited, and a little bit surprised” when he won this week.

Joseph’s older brother, Tyler, 16, was a Reader of the Week in 2010. Joseph’s parents are Leslie and Shawn Hockaday. The family has four chickens, two rabbits, a Pomeranian named Gyzmo and three cats, Tinka, Nips and Myla. They have lived in Hayden for nine years.

Joseph’s favorite color is purple, and his favorite food is blueberries. For fun, Joseph likes to play with his friends Kaden and Dorian. He also enjoys fishing, camping and riding his scooter. He plays football, soccer and baseball and wrestles. In the fall, he will be in fourth grade, and his favorite school subject is science. Joseph enjoys reading to Emily, and his favorite books are the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney. He likes watching the TV show “Broken Skull.”

In September, he will run in the Foam Glow 5K race in Denver. He has been training for the race. When asked what advice he would give other kids about reading, he said, “You should read all summer and earn prizes at the library.”

BookTrails reading, writing classes begin next week

BookTrails, a reading and writing enrichment program, is offering two classes June 22nd next week. A program about the Oceans will be held at Stahley Park from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday for preschoolers and their adult guardians. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult during this class. On Thursday, a class about comics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Little Toots Park. Adult guardians are not required to attend this class, which is open to first- through fifth-graders. Pre-registration is required for both programs at Call 855-426-6587 for more information.

Defensive driving courses held at local high school

Steamboat Springs High School will host six Alive at 25 defensive driving courses this summer. The first class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school.

The class meets the requirements for new drivers who are 15 1/2 and have not taken a formal driver’s education class and want to apply for their learner’s permit, as well as any other drivers between the ages of 15 1/2 and 24.

The 4.5-hour classroom experience will give students the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of all that is at risk in and around motor vehicles. Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds.

Alive at 25 is approved by the Colorado Department of Revenue as a driver awareness program and meets the state’s driver licensing permitting process. Students who are 15 1/2 at the time of the course can use their certificate of completion to test for a learner’s permit at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. Additionally, Alive at 25 graduates may be able to obtain an automobile insurance premium rate reduction.

In order for Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors to purchase an on-campus parking permit or apply for open-campus privileges, they must have completed the Alive at 25 class.

Students can register for and pay the $39 class fee online at or by calling 720-269-4046.

Library presents Sisters of Courage a history talk

 Bud Werner Memorial Library will host a special interpretive talk celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall.

Grand County historian and National Park Service interpretive guide Dave Lively will present “Sisters of Courage,” a story that follows one family through the turmoil of the last half of the 19th century into the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Civil War, Westward expansion and the Panic of 1893 are well-known historical events that take new meaning as they impact on a single family. Buffeted by the winds of national events, two sisters, Annie and Kittie Harbison, homesteaded a peaceful mountain valley inside the west entrance of what would become one of America’s premier national parks.

Walk with the sisters from Denver as they choose to operate a dairy ranch to supply fresh milk to the expanding Grand Lake population, then follow their story into to the development (and underdevelopment) of Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit for more information.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online, visit

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