Steamboat briefs: County planners listen to community’s concerns |

Steamboat briefs: County planners listen to community’s concerns

The Routt County Planning Department has devoted several March evenings to visiting with constituents in the smaller towns in the county to answer questions they may have about the Master Plan, allowed uses and the regulations.

Community meetings are meant to be an opportunity to receive the facts and meet planning staff and members of the planning commission.

Remaining dates and locations include the following.

■ 7 p.m. March 15 at the Routt County Historic Courthouse.

■ 7 p.m. March 22 at Oak Creek Town Hall.

Howelsen Hill ends Alpine operation for season

The Howelsen Hill Ski Area has ended Alpine operations for the 2016-17 season.

The Howelsen Hill Nordic Center will remain open, and the Nordic trails will be groomed on a daily basis until March 26, snow conditions permitting.

For up-to-date grooming reports and current trail information, visit the interactive map at, or call the Nordic Hotline at 970-871-7084.

Season passes or daily tickets are required and can be purchased at the vending machine in the fireplace room or at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office on the second floor of the Howelsen Hill Lodge.

For more information, call the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department at 970-879-4300.

Delectable Mountain Quilters to host presentation

Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild will host Kathy McNeil at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. 

McNeil is a well-known quilt artist from the Seattle area. She is an internationally award-winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, teacher and judge. Her presentation is titled, “Landscape Quilts.”

5th annual Land Link Forum offered during weekend

Colorado Land Link is a program that matches farmers and ranchers seeking land opportunities with landowners or retiring producers who are open to transitioning their land. 

The fifth annual Land Link Forum comes to Steamboat Springs this weekend to discuss how to strengthen regional and statewide partnerships, how to create a Land Link program in Northwest Colorado and how to connect producers and ag service providers with tools and resources to support a vibrant agricultural future. 

The forum is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

For more information or to RSVP, visit the Hot Topics link at or call CSU Extension at 970-879-0825.

Agricultural storytelling event returns to memorial library

The Community Agriculture Alliance, Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present “Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley,” a night of storytelling about longtime perspectives on farming, ranching and agri-business in the Yampa Valley, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 in Library Hall.

This is a community conversation with locals who have a rich, hands-on history of local agricultural production. The evening’s conversation will include topics as varied as cattle ranching, guiding and outfitting, running a dairy, farming wheat and managing a family ranch.

This year’s featured panelists are Ray Heid, a Routt County native, ski professional, guide and outfitter; Virginia Rossi, a South Routt rancher and homemaker; Olive Blake, whose family owned the dairy in Hayden; and Wayne Counts, a multi-generational wheat farmer from Moffat County and strong agriculture advocate.

Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance, will moderate the evening.

A social hour with panelists, including cake and coffee, follows the talk. This annual event honors Celebrate Agriculture Week, creating a night to engage with longtime local ag producers and add to the historic oral histories at Tread of Pioneers Museum. Visit for more information.

South Routt Education Fund raises $11.5K for students

The South Routt Education Endowment Fund has raised $11,500 since restarting active fundraising in December.

The group picked up its latest round of donations March 8 during a donor dinner, raising $2,815 from donors, an amount increased to $3,518 thanks to a matching program from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which holds the fund.

Volunteers are raising money to grow the fund and support the South Routt School District.  

Center for Visual Arts accepts new docents in program

The Center for Visual Arts is expanding its docent program to include new members beginning February 2017. Emphasizing art education in the community, CVA docents lead group tours, assist at special events including lectures and workshops, greet visitors to the gallery and conduct art sales.

Typically CVA docents spend one day a month greeting visitors. Other part-time opportunities include helping with fundraising efforts and serving on specific committees such as Art Walk, exhibits and facilities

Currently the Center for Visual Arts, a nonprofit organization, provides exhibit space for emerging artists and displays the work of highly accomplished regional artists. CVA coordinates the popular First Friday Art Walk and presents free Guest Artist Lectures to local artists and the community at-large.

In return for their service, docents receive free admission to CVA events, discounted prices on art, meet people in the art field and expand their art education. CVA hosts “Meet the Artists” evenings for docents, visits to artists’ studios and excursions to the Front Range to visit galleries and museums including the Denver Art Museum.

Interested persons should email or call 970-846-8365.

LiftUp of Routt County seeks volunteers in numerous areas

LiftUp of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization’s donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Suzanna Bloom at 970-870-0727.

YVSC seeking volunteers to serve on sustainability board

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the community’s carbon footprint through energy efficiency, waste diversion and education, is expanding its board of directors to meet the growing demand for its diverse environmental programs and services.

YVSC’s volunteer board strives to represent broad community sectors like construction, energy, education, business, finance, resort, recreation, hospitality and more. YVSC is recruiting individuals interested in making a difference in the local environment by providing direction for the organization.

Email to request an application or for more information. To learn more about YVSC’s programs and upcoming events, visit

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