Steamboat briefs: Community Climbing Wall open to all through May |

Steamboat briefs: Community Climbing Wall open to all through May

The Everyday Outdoor Steamboat Community Climbing Wall, located at Steamboat Springs Middle School, will continue through the month of May, with open climbs for all ages.

An open climb and kid climbing event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at the EOS Community Climbing Wall, 39610 Amethyst Drive.

Cost is $5 to climb and $5 for shoes and harness rental, and all proceeds go to benefit EOS and Friends of Steamboat Climbing.

Parents or guardians must sign release forms for underage climbers and remain on site to supervise their own children.

For special group rates and times, contact steamboatclimb or 970-870-8440. For more information, visit

VFW, American Legion to host Memorial Day service

Veterans of VFW Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 will conduct Memorial Day services to honor the memory of those who have served in the armed forces at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, in front of the Veterans Memorial at Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

The public is invited to attend and help honor the devotion of service men and women.

This year, the memorial service will honor local veterans who have passed away through the past year. Traditional military honors will be rendered to remember the sacrifices made by these veterans.

Steamboat Springs Transit will provide bus service to the cemetery from the transit center west of town. Buses will begin running at 9:40 a.m., with the last bus leaving at 10:40 a.m. Buses will return immediately following the service. Traffic control personnel will assist vehicle travel and parking.

For more information, call Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936.

Erina Alkema named to Lasell College Dean’s List

Erina Alkema, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester at Lasell College in Newton, Massachussetts.

Alkema, a psychology major, is a member of the class of 2017 and was among 760 students honored in the spring 2016 semester.

To achieve the Dean’s List, a student must be full-time, carrying 12 or more graded credits for the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

An educational institution for more than 160 years, Lasell is an independent co-educational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The campus is situated on a 53-acre campus eight miles from downtown Boston.

Haines appointed executive director of Yampatika

Yampatika has appointed Joe Haines as executive director.

In his new role, Haines will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, as well as fundraising. He started with the organization May 9.

“Joe is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years’ experience in all areas of nonprofit leadership,” said Shari Fryer, board president for Yampatika. “We are excited about his commencement and are particularly looking forward to benefiting from his depth of experience in development work, which includes individual donor management, grant writing, corporate fundraising, special events, capital campaigns and planned giving.”

“I am excited to be leading such a forward-thinking and exceptional organization,” added Haines. “Yampatika plays an important role in Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley and is supported by a passionate team of professionals and volunteers. I am truly honored to be a part of Yampatika.”

Prior to joining Yampatika, Haines worked for such organizations as Mi Casa Resource Center, Goodwill Industries, The Action Center, Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance, Mosaic, Camp Fire USA and Cavalry Women’s Shelter.

Reporting to Haines are Kellie Gorman, program director; Sue Hansen, office manager; and Ilse Brandon, membership and donor coordinator.

Haines and his wife, Julia, are relocating to Steamboat Springs from Denver.

Yampatika connects people to nature and works to inspire environmental stewardship through education.

Local Kathleen Brady Ross graduates with honors

Kathleen Brady Ross, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Steven A. Ross and sister of Shannon M. Ross, graduated summa cum laude May 7 from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor or arts degree in English and creative writing.

This summer, under the stage name Kate Brady, Ross will collaborate on a record with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid.

She plans to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter and will move to the Los Angeles area this summer, where she is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the coming months.

City opens several lower Emerald Mountain trails

Several lower elevation trails on Emerald Mountain are open, including Bluffs Loop, Lupine, Ricky’s Ridge, Gas Line, Mile Run, Morning Gloria, Quarry Mountain and NPR below the Blackmere intersection.

Visit the city of Steamboat Springs website, at, for up-to-date trail information, and help prevent resource damage by respecting closures that remain in effect.

The city’s Parks & Community Services Department also reminds all trail users of basic trail etiquette.

■ Use authorized trails only.

■ Stay on the existing single track of the trails. Walking on the sides of muddy trails creates trail widening, braiding and additional negative impacts.

■ Stay off all wet and muddy trails to minimize damage. If mud is sticking to shoes, tires or animals, it is too muddy.

■ Educate friends. Friends don’t let friends use muddy trails.

The city of Steamboat Springs has an amazing system of trails, but limited resources for trail maintenance. These resources are stretched even thinner when they are needed to address the negative impacts resulting from users not following trail etiquette.

The city requests that everyone observe basic trail etiquette and chose the correct location to recreate.

Routt County DMV offices return to original location

The Routt County Department of Motor Vehicles offices have returned to their original location in the Historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., following completion of a remodeling project.

South Routt libraries host reading programs for all

Readers of all ages will explore sports and fitness this summer as South Routt Public Library District presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” during its summer library program. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects and science and engineering experiments.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to children age 5 to 12. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Registration is open through June 7.

For more information, call the Oak Creek Library at 970-736-8371 or the Yampa Library at 970-638-4654, or visit

The program will run June 8 to Aug. 3 at Oak Creek Public Library and June 7 to Aug. 2 at Yampa Public Library. There will be no program the week of July 4.

All programs are free.

STEM summer program comes to Strawberry Park

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, is coming to Strawberry Park Elementary the week of June 13.

For students entering first through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a week-long adventure that offers hands-on problem solving using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Camp Invention provides opportunities for inventive young minds to exercise creativity and use imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart and explore different types of technology.

“We are thrilled to offer Camp Invention to our students for the fourth year,” said Alice Opperman, director of curriculum for Emerson Public Schools, in a news release. “The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child’s everyday lifestyle. As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting our students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention.”

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 94,000 students every year through nearly 1,400 camps across the nation. For additional information or to find the nearest location for registration, visit

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