Steamboat briefs: Construction closures on Yampa continue this week |

Steamboat briefs: Construction closures on Yampa continue this week

The Yampa Street improvements project is entering its 15th week of construction, and work will be substantially completed by no later than Nov. 24, according to city of Steamboat Springs officals.

This week, the street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Ninth and Seventh streets, including the Eighth Street intersection. The Seventh and Ninth Street intersections will remain open.

As construction of streetscape elements becomes an element of the project, the north-side sidewalk on this block of Yampa Street will be closed in front of the police station parking lot and the Residences of Old Town condos. Due to sidewalk reconstruction, pedestrian access to Yampa Street from Eighth Street will be limited.

Pedestrians will be safely rerouted to the south side of the street and are encouraged to use Seventh and Ninth streets to access businesses on the south side of Yampa Street. Work will include storm sewer infrastructure, light pole foundations, parking lot paving, street tree preparation, retaining wall and sidewalk construction.

Shoppers and visitors are reminded that additional nearby parking is available at the 10th and Yampa Street parking lot, Rodeo Grounds parking lot and Howelsen Hill parking lots, with easy access to Yampa Street over the Ninth or Fifth street bridges.

Construction work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.   

A construction hotline will be updated frequently; the number to call is 970-871-7052. Information on the overall project is available on the city’s website at

Museum director accepted to Change Leader Institute

Candice Bannister, Tread of Pioneers Museum executive director, was recently accepted into the Colorado Change Leader Institute, a statewide program that supports Colorado Creative Industries’ goals to better equip arts and cultural leaders to manage environmental and organizational change and to create a statewide mentoring network in the creative community.

This leadership training program, sponsored by the Colorado Office of Economic Development, is a highly sought-after program with long applicant wait lists.

“With only 12 places in each Institute, the competition for this fall’s class was strong. In reviewing Ms. Bannister’s application, the Creative Industries’ staff recognized her passion and commitment to leadership in her community and the creative sector.” said Sheila Sears, CCI deputy director, in a news release.

“This acceptance really speaks to the state’s commitment to Steamboat Springs as a thriving artistic and cultural center,” Bannister said. “The Change Leader Institute is aligned with the state’s Creative District program, where I serve as a steering committee member locally. We are working towards certification for Steamboat’s district now, and I am confident that the Change Leader Institute will provide the training and networks to enhance Steamboat’s creative district and the role of history and heritage as a precious asset and primary economic driver.”

Those who attend the Change Leader Institute go on to become certified by conducting an arts or cultural development project in their own community, applying the concepts they learned in the institute to bring a specific creative solution to a specific social and community need.

Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, attended the Institute in 2014.

Library hosts evening of TED talks about education

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “TED Talks: Education Revolution,” a collection of talks by education innovators at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Library Hall.

Hosted by author, producer and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actor and singer Sara Ramirez, the program features talks by educator Sal Khan, who examines what the classroom might look like in the future and the impact of online teaching; Victor Rios, who takes a deep dive into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline; and Principal Nadia Lopez, whose middle school is in the most dangerous borough in New York and where almost all her students live below the poverty line.

“Education Revolution” also addresses the issue of over-parenting with some revolutionary ideas from Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” who believes chores and love are more important than a check-listed childhood.

The program also features music from Meshell Ndegeocello; several short films by award-winning filmmakers about the modern classroom, implicit bias and what it’s like to be an undocumented student growing up in Georgia; and a performance piece from the legendary Anna Deavere Smith from her one-woman show, “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education.”

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Cocktails with Council set for today at Carl’s Tavern

Steamboat Springs City Council members will host the next monthly Cocktails with Council from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Carl’s Tavern, 700 Yampa St.

The event, which is open to the public, takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Documentary highlights Japanese comic punk band

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Chief Theater with “Mad Tiger,” an international documentary collaboration from Japan and the United States, directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein.

The film follows bandmates Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners for 15 years as the primary creative forces behind Peelander-Z. Based in New York City and described as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band,” Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, which push the boundaries of madcap acrobatic stage antics.

Channeling universal stories of friendship and pursuit of happiness “Mad Tiger” builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo, appropriately befitting of Peelander-Z’s cacophonous melody-making. The film screens in English. Visit for more information.

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