Steamboat briefs: County announces public hearings for 2016 budget |

Steamboat briefs: County announces public hearings for 2016 budget

— Routt County has announced a series of public hearings pertaining to the finalization of its 2016 budget.

The budget press release hearing, open to the public as well as media representatives, will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sarvis Creek Room on the top floor of the courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs.

A second public hearing will be held from 5 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room at the courthouse.

Finally, a brief 2016 budget adoption hearing will take place from 10:55 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

Donations accepted for Holiday Exchange Market

Residents can make the holiday brighter this year for the less fortunate in Routt County by donating to the Routt County United Way Holiday Exchange Market.

Routt County United Way is seeking donations and volunteers for its 2015 market. Many items are needed, from new children and adult winter coats and boots to new children’s toys and grocery gift cards. To see the full list of needed items and to sign up to donate, visit  

Donation boxes are located at Alpine Bank, Yampa Valley Bank, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, the Steamboat Springs Community Center, Holy Name Catholic Church, the Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Today, Ace Hardware, Mountain Valley Bank-Steamboat Branch, Hayden Mercantile and South Routt Town Hall in Oak Creek.

Call 970-879-5605 or email for more information.

CMC instructor to present canoe expedition memoir

Colorado Mountain College adjunct instructor Luke Kimmes will lead a special presentation today sharing photos and memories from the recently concluded Rediscovery North America Canoe Expedition.

After eight months, the six men who embarked on the expedition completed it Sept. 2 in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada.

Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano, Jarrad Moore, Daniel Flynn, John Keaveny and Kimmes paddled upstream, connecting the Mississippi River, the Red River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca, Great Slave Lake and the Hood River to reach their destination in Kugluktuk.

All are welcome to attend the presentation in the Allbright Auditorium at the Colorado Mountain College from 6 to 8 p.m.

BLM lease sale assessment available for comment

The Bureau of Land Management has released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering two parcels in northwest Colorado in the May 2016 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

One parcel in Moffat County totals 172 acres, and the other totals 641 acres in Routt County. Both are federal minerals under privately-owned surface.

The environmental assessment, a list and map of the parcels, and the attached stipulations are available online at and at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig.

Written comments must be received by Dec. 14 and may be submitted via email to or by mail to Little Snake Field Office, Attn: Lease Sale, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

Dance on Film features short filmed at Perry-Mansfield

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and Steamboat Dance Theatre present a special Dance on Film evening featuring a screening of the new feature film “Desert Dancer,” a true story about an underground dance company in Iran, plus the world premier of “Fledgling,” a short film by Iliana Goldman and Gabriel Williams that was made at Perry-Mansfield last summer. The free films screen at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall.

“Fledgling” is a dance-for-camera piece that features local dance student Soleil Nelson along with Perry-Mansfield dance faculty. “Desert Dancer” follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian and fellow dancers who risked their lives during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election in Iran to form an underground dance company using banned online videos from timeless legends such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev to hone their craft. Visit for more information.

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