Steamboat briefs: Commissioners to consider marijuana tax ballot issue |

Steamboat briefs: Commissioners to consider marijuana tax ballot issue

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has indicated it is months away from making a decision on whether to create an approval process that could lead to allowing marijuana grow facilities in unincorporated Routt County. However, the board will consider at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23 a resolution that, if approved, would refer to voters a ballot question allowing imposition of an excise tax on the first sale or transfer of unprocessed retail marijuana by such a cultivation facility.

The intent is to seek to have an excise tax in place to help offset any impacts, should commissioners ultimately decide to hear permit applications for the grow facilities.

In other business today, commissioners are scheduled during a 1:30 p.m. work session to discuss potential changes to county zoning regulations regarding the conditions for allowing secondary dwelling units in the unincorporated county.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to headline Lincoln Day dinner

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., will be the keynote speaker at the Routt County Republicans Lincoln Day dinner and fundraiser auction today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

The event begins with a candidate meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. Gardner will speak at 6 p.m., and a buffet dinner will follow. Cookie Lockhart will conduct the auction. This year’s theme is “Hats Off to Freedom,” and those attending the event are encouraged to wear their favorite hat.

The cost is $25 per person in advance and $35 per person at the door. For more information, visit

Public open house to focus on environmental concerns

The Routt National Forest, of the U.S. Forest Service, is preparing an environmental impact statement to consider and disclose the anticipated environmental effects of implementing projects by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation at the Steamboat Ski Resort.

The Forest Service will host a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

Representatives from the RNF, Hahn’s Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District and the SSRC will be present to answer questions and provide additional information about the project.

The public is encouraged to participate in the open house, as well as review the project proposal and provide scoping comments on any component of this proposal. The project proposal is available for review and comment at

The purpose of this scoping period is to provide interested parties an opportunity to participate.

Questions and comments regarding this proposal are an integral part of the environmental analysis process.

Written comments can be submitted via mail, fax, electronically or in person from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments should be directed to Dennis Jaeger, C/O Erica Dickerman, 2468 Jackson Street, Laramie, Wyoming 82070 or 307-745-2398.

Electronic comments can be submitted at or via email to

For questions concerning special needs for the open houses, contact Erica Dickerman at 970-870-2185 or

Yampa Valley Singers set to begin rehearsals today

All singers are invited to join the Yampa Valley Singers as the group begins weekly rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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 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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