Steamboat briefs: Coffee, newspaper event slated for 7:30 a.m. today |

Steamboat briefs: Coffee, newspaper event slated for 7:30 a.m. today

Coffee, newspaper event slated for 7:30 a.m. today

Steamboat Today will host its next Coffee and a Newspaper event from 7:30 to 9 a.m., today, at the newspaper’s office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Art Council, and Wendy Kowynia, vice president of the SSAC board, will be the featured speakers. They will talk about the arts and culture scene in Steamboat Springs and the effort underway for Steamboat to be designated as a creative district.

Closures to protect elk on Emerald Mountain in effect

Annual winter closures began Tuesday on certain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area are closed to all forms of entry from Tuesday Dec. 1 to June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons. The closure includes the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw. This closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast.

“Stress to wintering and calving wildlife poses a significant threat to their survival and we need people to respect the closure,” BLM Little Snake Field manager Wendy Reynolds said in a news release.

Those who violate the closure face a $175 fine. Reynolds recommends people use Ridge, Rotary and Wild Rose trails on Emerald Mountain during the closure.

Contact the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000 or visit for more information.

Whiteout Volleyball Club begins at 2 p.m. today

Whiteout Volleyball Club 12s-and-under program starts today. Sessions are held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Heritage Christian School through March in four-week sessions. The cost is $70 with a one-time registration fee of $10. Contact Linda Starks at or 970-217-9092 for more information or to register. 

Plowing program continues with normal schedule

The Routt County plowing program is not implementing any changes this winter, according to Routt County Road and Bridge Department officials. Crews will continue to plow from 3 a.m. to noon and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. if there is between 4 to 6 inches of snow on the road.

The earlier shift times are designed to minimize traffic interference and manage the more common night-time storm events. If less than 4 inches of snow accumulates, a limited crew may come in to sand the paved roads only.

There is generally no plowing between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m., so motorists are urged to use extra caution during afternoon and evening storms when plows are not out.

Across Routt County, there is considerable variability in snowfall, due to differing weather patterns, elevation and terrain. Each one of the three maintenance districts — Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek — makes the call to plow based on conditions in their area.

In addition to county crews, private contractors may be out on the roads. Private contractors plow private streets and obtain a permit to plow non-county maintained roads.

County residents are asked to help keep the roads clear by:

■ Plowing driveway snow onto your lot and not into the road.

■ Keeping vehicles parked out of the right-of-way.

■ Keeping trash and recycle cans in the driveway and out of the road.

■ Yielding to snow plows.

■ Slowing down and staying alert to changing road conditions.

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