Steamboat briefs: Registration for Yampa Valley Crane Festival now open |

Steamboat briefs: Registration for Yampa Valley Crane Festival now open

Registration for Yampa Valley Crane Festival now open

Registration for the 2017 Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, is now open. To register and view the full festival schedule, visit

Many events for the four-day festival are free and do not require registration. Some events with limited space will require advance registration and a nominal fee.  These events are noted in the schedule. Be sure to register early, as these events fill quickly.

Registration is not required for all speaker presentations, films, sketch-a-bird workshop, HawkQuest Raptor Booth, educational displays, crane art walk, crane yoga, crane storytelling and the Carpenter Ranch Saturday night.

Registration is required for all shuttles for guided crane viewing, birding by pontoon boat, beer, wine and cheese reception and gallery show, guided bird walks, family activity night, nature-writing workshop, wildlife photography workshop, guided nature walk and gondola ride on the Steamboat Ski Mountain, shuttles to the Carpenter Ranch and purchase of a picnic dinner at the Carpenter Ranch event.

For questions regarding festival registration, festival lodging or the festival, itself, email

Tickets available for Rubber Ducky Race, set for Sept. 9

Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice on Sept. 9. Tickets are $10. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. The finish line will be at West Lincoln Park.

There will be $3,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care program and patients and families who benefit from end-of-life care in Routt County.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at Northwest Colorado Health, Yampa Valley Bank or the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the event. For more information, call Kyleigh Lawler at 970-871-7609.

Education Fund seeks applicants for board, grants commission

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund, an independent organization charged with administering and distributing proceeds from a voter-approved, half-cent sales tax to benefit K–12 education and improve academic achievement in Routt County, is seeking applicants to fill open positions on its board of directors and grants commission. Each group meets approximately once per month during the school year.

Last year, the Education Fund contributed more than $3.3 million to local schools, providing funding for additional teachers, curriculum, technology and instructional coaches, as well as supporting school-based programs, such as the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Science School and Yampatika.

More information about the Education Fund and applications for the open positions are available at steam Applications are due Sept. 1. Specific questions may be emailed to

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