Steamboat briefs: City plans for 1-day closure of frontside of Emerald |

Steamboat briefs: City plans for 1-day closure of frontside of Emerald

The city of Steamboat Springs is anticipating a one-day closure of the majority of the front side of Emerald Mountain due to helicopter logging that will extract logged trees from the Morning Gloria Trail. The closures could occur Thursday, Sept. 22, Friday, Sept. 23 or Monday, Sept. 26.

The helicopter will arrive in Steamboat from South Dakota on a truck for this project, before heading to Winter Park. According to a news release, there are several variables that affect the date of helicopter operations including weather, travel time and other scheduled activities.

On the day that helicopter activities occur, the city will keep Bluffs and Howelsen Meadows areas open up to Ricky’s Ridge Trail. Beall, Ridge and Rotary trails will remain open on the back side of the mountain with no front side access. All other trails on Emerald, including Blackmere Drive will be closed.

The Emerald Mountain Trail Run on Saturday will occur as scheduled.

The project, which began in July and will end in mid-October, will complete the planned tree removal operations of beetle kill trees that began in 2010. The city is implementing the plan in collaboration with the Colorado State Forest Service.

Community invited to send in forum questions ideas

The 2016 Election Forum, which is sponsored by Steamboat Today, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and the Routt County Democrat and Republican parties, will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Steamboat Grand’s Burgess Creek Room and will feature local and statewide candidates running for office as well as information about a number of issues that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. In advance of the event, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, who will moderate the forum, will collect questions from community members about the various issues and races. Questions should be emailed to Schlichtman at

Rotary accepts applications for study abroad programs

Applications for the yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange and Summer Exchange programs are being accepted by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs. These programs are open to students age 15 to 19.

To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community. Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.

All applicants must complete a written application and in-person interview. Students who are interested in either of the programs should review the information at, and then complete the short-form application located on the Rotary site and return it to Julie Taulman at

Steamboat students hike, bike to school Friday

Hike and Bike to School Friday will be held at 7:50 a.m. Friday at Steamboat Springs elementary and middle schools. Students can be dropped off by the bus at the high school where community service officers and volunteers will be present to safely manage street crossings. Students will walk Butcher Knife trail to Soda Creek or the Strawberry Park campus. Permission slips are needed. Call 970-879-3446 for more information or to volunteer.  

Routt County United Way launches new network

Routt County United Way has announced the start of its new volunteer network, Get Involved Routt County.

This innovative resource will serve as a one-stop interactive hub for both volunteers and nonprofits.  Volunteers can easily access volunteer opportunities from various organizations in Routt County by going to and completing a short profile.

According to United Way officials, Get Involved Routt County is a game-changer for the community’s volunteer network, making it easier for nonprofits to fill their needs and for active citizens to get involved and give back to their community.

Visit for more information.

Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club seeks volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club is looking for new members. The club meets weekly and is renowned for its many community projects, including the Sock Box Drive. For those enthusiastic about community service, the Steamboat Kiwanis Club is a perfect fit. The club was chartered in 1948 and is one of Steamboat’s most established service clubs. For membership information, call Theo Dexter at 970-879-4889.   

Community Ag Alliance accepts local food orders

Buy local food and products online at, then click on “Shop the CAA Marketplace” tab.

Locally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, jelly, sauces, granola and more are available.

Order online from noon Monday through noon Thursday. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.

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