Steamboat briefs: Dam at Steamboat Lake State Park to be inspected |

Steamboat briefs: Dam at Steamboat Lake State Park to be inspected

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising the public to avoid the areas near the Willow Creek Dam at Steamboat Lake State Park as crews begin scheduled maintenance and inspection of the dam and related infrastructure Sept. 16 to 22. The routine inspection is part of Colorado’s Dam Safety Program, administered by the Division of Water Resources, Dam Safety Branch.

The park will remain open to all activities; however, park personnel ask the public to avoid Sage Flats and the areas near the dam while the work proceeds. Visitors can expect to see heavy construction equipment and are urged to use caution and avoid closed areas.

Built in the mid-1960s, the Willow Creek Dam has undergone several repairs to strengthen the integrity of the structure, much of them routine. During recent inspections and maintenance, engineers installed equipment to improve monitoring of the dam’s structure.

Willow Creek Dam is considered a “high-hazard” dam, a designation assigned to dams that could cause loss of life in the event of failure. According to state engineers, an emergency action plan is in place to protect public safety in the unlikely event the dam becomes unstable.

Integrated Community set to host celebration Friday

Integrated Community will host its popular World Fiesta from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. The event will include world music, cultural food, drinks and dancing. International cuisine will be provided by The Cabin, Steamboat Smokehouse, Skull Creek Greek and Taco Cabo. There will also be a grand prize drawing for a Denver sports trip for two.

Entertainment will be provided by the Steamboat African Dance and Drum Ensemble, DJ music with Geo, a performance by Solange and dance with Eva Luna. A bounce house and face painting will be provided for the younger guests.

Tickets for the fundraiser are offered for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Food will cost $1 to $4 per item and wine and beer will be $3. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Alaskan author to discuss book about military PTSD

Award-winning author Abigail B. Calkin will discuss her newest book, “The Soul of My Soldier: Reflections of a Military Wife,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St.

“The Soul of My Soldier” follows the story of Calkin, a military wife of 45 years. As a woman who never intended to marry a soldier, she faced life changes when she married into the military.

Through prose and poetry, Calkin crafts a unique military story of the struggles and triumphs military families often face. It also provides insight to how these challenges can be turned into a strengthening bond that connects the past to the future.  

Library scheduled to feature award-winning Yosemite film

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Yosemite,” a film by award-winning filmmaker Oliver Goetzl from the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. Yosemite National Park is a place of superlatives where you can find sheer granite cliffs 900 meters high and giant sequoias more than 1,000 years old. Beneath these towering heights live animals that make Yosemite their home: from bobcats, to black bears, to coyotes and golden eagles. Follow Yosemite’s inhabitants throughout the seasons in a unique portrait of this legendary park. Visit for more information.

9/11 fundraiser to benefit local firefighters Sunday

Susan E. Mead is offering a two-hour Essentrics 101 workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Sundance Studio with all donations going to

local firefighters.

Sunday’s workshop will provide scientific research from PBS’ award-winning Aging Backwards, which explains the rebalancing principles of Essentrics, also known as classical stretch. Following a Q&A session, the second hour of the workshop will be a live Essentrics class for all levels.

Mead was in private practice as a health coach and herbalist for 20 years, a yoga instructor for 17 years, is a published author and volunteer with Courtesy Ski Patrol. She has been teaching Essentrics classes in Steamboat for four years.

Visit for more information.

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