Steamboat briefs: City offers update on Yampa project for week of Aug. 8 |

Steamboat briefs: City offers update on Yampa project for week of Aug. 8

— Construction of the Yampa Street Improvements Project will continue the week of Aug. 8.

Beginning today, Yampa Street will continue to be closed to vehicular traffic between Eighth and Ninth streets, including the Ninth Street intersection.

The north-side sidewalk on this block of Yampa Street will also be closed, and pedestrians will be safely rerouted to the south side of the street. Construction work in these areas includes the infrastructure necessary to support moving electric utilities, as well as some storm drainage utility work and concrete streetscape.

Additionally, the shoulder of the road will be closed near the corner of Sixth and Yampa streets to allow for work on concrete streetscape in this area.

Construction work in this area includes curb and gutter, a retaining wall and reconstructing a driveway at Bank of the West. Access to the Bank of the West drive-through window and parking lot will remain open, and Yampa Street will remain open to both directions of traffic through this block.

Maintaining access to all businesses is a priority. Signage and wayfinding will continue to be installed during the required closures. For safety, the city asks visitors, employees and residents to respect closures and use designated detours and parking areas.

Shoppers and visitors are reminded that additional nearby parking is available at the 10th and Yampa Street parking lot, the rodeo grounds parking lot and Howelsen Hill parking lots, with easy access to Yampa Street by way of the Ninth or Fifth street bridges.

Construction work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

Duckels Construction is continuing work between Eighth and Ninth streets to install an underground conduit system that will allow electric lines to be moved underground on Yampa Street. As the work progresses, Duckels will also be installing storm sewer lines and inlets. As the work progresses in the Eight to Ninth Street block, crews will begin installing concrete curbs and gutters, as well as sidewalks and street trees and lighting.

An unrelated construction project by Fox Construction is nearing completion on private property between Ninth and 10th streets.

Bi-weekly public information meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Fridays. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 at Aurum Food & Wine, 811 Yampa St.

A construction hotline will be updated frequently; the number to call is 970-871-7052. Information on the overall project is available on the city’s website at

To sign up to receive notice of project updates, visit the website, click on Notify Me and select Downtown Improvement Project updates, or send an email request to

Steamboat Institute names 2016-17 Tony Blankley chair

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and CEO of the Steamboat Institute, has announced that Hadley Heath Manning is the recipient of the 2016-17 Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism.

“At the young age of 28, Hadley has established a national reputation as an excellent communicator on health care policy issues,” Schubert-Akin said in a news release. “Like, Tony Blankley, Hadley has a passion for clearly articulating free-market solutions for the proper role of government and what it means for citizens to re-assert their sovereignty and independence. We are proud to support the work of this outstanding young leader.”

“It is an incredible honor to be selected as the next Tony Blankley Chair,” said Hadley Heath Manning, senior policy analyst and director of health policy at the Independent Women’s Forum, in the release. “I have long admired the Steamboat Institute, and I look forward to working with this esteemed organization dedicated to America’s founding ideas and our continued national prosperity.”

Manning will receive a $10,000 stipend, as well as support for travel, speaking engagements and investigative reporting trips. She will be honored at a dinner Aug. 26 as part of the Steamboat Institute’s eighth annual Freedom Conference and Festival in Steamboat Springs. Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will be the keynote speaker.

“Hadley will be a strong and committed fellow who will work hard to advocate for the Steamboat Institute principles that Tony wrote and spoke about so forcefully and eloquently,” said Lynda Davis, widow of Tony Blankley.

In addition to naming Manning as the 2016-17 chair, the Steamboat Institute also has announced that previous chairs Jillian Melchior and Tom Rogan will continue to work with the Steamboat Institute as senior fellows.

Local Yampa Valley Singers rehearsals to begin Aug. 23

All singers are invited to join the Yampa Valley Singers as the group begins weekly rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets.

Tenor and bass singers are especially needed in this community choral group as it prepares for its fall concert, to be held on Nov. 18 and 19.

For more information and to register with a $35 fee, call Ruth McClelland at 970-879-2641.

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