Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper moves to happy hour event

Steamboat Pilot & Today’s next Coffee and a Newspaper will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. “Biking the ‘Boat” will be the topic of discussion and representatives from Routt County Riders, Bike Town USA Initiative, the 2A Trails Committee and the city of Steamboat Springs will be present to discuss their latest projects and initiatives. The happy hour event will be hosted by Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Publisher Suzanne Schlicht. Beer, wine, soft drinks and light snacks will be served, and copies of the new 2015 Bike Guide will be available. The monthly event is open to the community, and a tour of the building will also be offered.

Teen of the Month for April is Steamboat senior Darcy

Bruce Darcy has been selected as Steamboat Springs Teen Council’s Teen of the Month for April. The Steamboat Springs High School senior has been chosen for this honor by members of the Teen Council because he demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets, acts as a leader and/or a positive role model among his peers and is committed to community service — all values of the teen council. Darcy is involved in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities in the Steamboat Springs community. He is a member of the track team as well as a cross country runner. According to Darcy, his favorite thing to do in Steamboat is run. Darcy is also a member of the Drama Troupe at SSHS and was in the high school’s recent production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” playing the role of Potiphar with his recognizable deep baritone. Apart from drama, Darcy also enjoys films. “Patema Inverted” is his favorite movie. His peers describe him as “humble, underappreciated, smart, silly and a ‘rad dude.’” In 10 years, Darcy hopes to be designing and creating, and though he isn’t sure what he might end up working on, he knows that whatever it is, he’ll be enjoying it. He is an all-star student, receiving a perfect score on his ACTs and a full ride scholarship to the University of Tulsa. In his spare time, Darcy volunteers at LIFT-UP. He also understands the importance of teens in the community. “We are the future,” Darcy said. “We may not have yet, but we are going to do amazing things.” When asked about the best advice he’s ever received, he said, “Don’t stress so much. Life goes on.” The Steamboat Springs Teen Council is in its eighth consecutive year. The program works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community at large and provide substance free and alternative activities for youth. To learn more, visit

Deadline to comment on wild horse gather is Tuesday

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in Northwest Colorado within the White River Field Office to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations. According to a news release, maintaining healthy wild horse populations is a key aspect of the BLM’s multiple use mission to manage public lands for a variety of natural resources and uses. When wild horse herds grow to levels that are unsustainable for local resources, the ecological balance of these areas is altered and can impact plant and animal species on the range. The BLM is evaluating humane approaches to gathering the wild horses. It is proposing to use a helicopter to locate and guide wild horses toward a set of corrals as well as using water and bait trapping. The gathers could begin as early as September, and up to 167 wild horses could be gathered and removed from the White River Field Office this year. The White River Field Office manages the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area to maintain a healthy wild horse herd in balance with other resources and uses. This area currently has an estimated 377 wild horses, but the appropriate management level for that area is between 135 and 235 wild horses. The adjacent West Douglas Herd Area is not managed for wild horses but currently has an estimated population of 365 wild horses. Gathers could occur in either area as well as areas within the White River Field Office outside these boundaries. The BLM planning documents evaluating the proposed gather operations are available at the White River Field Office at 220 E. Market St. and online at Public comments regarding proposed gather plans will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Tuesday. Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to

Coalition seeks artists to decorate crane yard art

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition is looking for artists to decorate yard art cranes for the Yampa Valley Crane Festival Crane yard art exhibit and silent auction. The crane models will be distributed for decorating to participating artists this month and must be returned by Aug. 15. Creative crane motifs are encouraged. The cranes, with appropriate artist credit, will be displayed on the Bud Werner Memorial Library lawn at designated times throughout the fourth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival scheduled for Sept. 10 to 14. All proceeds from the Crane yard art and silent auction will benefit the Yampa Valley Crane Festival and the “Crops for Cranes” program. Those who are interested in decorating a crane or want more information should call Karen Kellogg at 970-846-2559 by May 15.

Literary arts festival for children is this Saturday

The third annual Children’s Book Feast is an all-day literary arts festival in Steamboat Springs for kids and all lovers of children’s books. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Depot Art Center. The stellar lineup for this year’s Feast, which is focusing on graphic novels and the illustrated side of kids’ books, features Brian Floca, Avi, Karla Oceanak and Kendra Spanjer. A Creativity Fair for the younger visitors is also planned from 10 a.m. to noon on the library Lawn and at the Depot. The fair will feature kids yoga, READ to Dogs, Spellbinders storytelling, face painting and about a dozen craft stations run by local artists. At noon, local juggling and comedy troupe, We’re not Clowns, accompanied by music from well-loved teacher and tutor, Brad Kindred, will perform. Visit for more information and a full schedule.

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