Steamboat briefs: Deadline for businesses to return surveys is Friday

Routt County business surveys are due Friday. Anyone who received a survey in the mail is asked to fill it out and return it or reply online. Responses will help the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and local governments better understand the needs of the business community and inform future economic and community development actions. Email for more information.

Expect delays as work continues on Highway 9

Work on the Colorado Department of Transportation project on Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne continues this week with construction taking place from from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Travelers can expect delays of between 15 and 25 minutes along Highway 9 this week. There will be lane closures both northbound and southbound with alternating traffic for excavation and embankment work, milling, pipe work and fencing between mile posts 135 and 137. A shoulder closure for topsoil removal and surveying between mile posts 131 and 135 will also take place. Wide loads are restricted to 12 feet. Motorists are encouraged to follow flaggers’ instructions and posted speed limits. To receive updates on the project, call 970-724-4724 or email

Volunteers needed for summer reading program

The Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is looking for volunteers to help with its summer reading program. Listen to kids read for 45 minutes from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. with a flexible schedule. The club is also looking for a terrarium for a turtle. To volunteer or to donate, call Bonnie at 970-871-3160.

Area museum exhibits photo retrospective by Rod Hanna

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is now exhibiting a 50-plus year photography retrospective by long-time regional photographer Rod Hanna. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 9. Hanna moved to Steamboat Springs from Kansas City in 1975 after 13 years as an award-winning photojournalist and sports photography specialist. He then began a 25-year career marketing the Steamboat Ski Resort. During that time, he also served 10 years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos. His interest then turned to nature landscape and fine art photography. His photographs have appeared in a number of books by the National Football League and in a variety of national publications, including People, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Travel & Leisure. Hanna is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs for his landscape photography and USA Today Sports Images for his legacy NFL photographs. In November 2007, he published his first book of his landscape photographs, “Seasons of Light, Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley,” and in 2010, his second book, “Seasons of Gold,” depicting autumn on Colorado’s Western Slope. In 1984, he started and directed a workshop in Steamboat called “Photography at the Summit” that ran for eight years and now is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work can also be seen at

June 13 golf fundraiser to benefit local charter school

The North Routt Community Charter School will be holding a 9 & Dine golf fundraiser on June 13 with tee times at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Golf Club. The cost is $80 per individual player and $300 for a team of four. A barbecue lunch and live music from 3 Wire is included. The school is also seeking donations and sponsors. Visit or email for more information.

Nonprofit seeks applicants for children’s food program

LIFT-UP is accepting applications for the Rocket Pack, a program designed to ensure children have healthy meals during the summer when school lunches are not available. For more information, call 970-870-8804 or visit

Local artifacts and stories sought for museum exhibit

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking local artifacts, personal stories and information about the history and role of the horse in Routt County for an upcoming exhibit. The deadline for submissions is May 30. For more information or to participate, contact Katie at 970-879-2214 or

Restaurant fundraiser to benefit families in need

The new owners of Cugino’s, John and Sharon Gamradt, are hosting a free Friends and Family Night on Thursday. They will be offering a Chef’s Choice family-style dining experience featuring their new menu for a monetary donation of the diner’s choice. There will be seatings at 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. All donations will be given to two local families battling cancer — the Scherff-Zamora and Nerney families.

Proceeds from summer carnival go to local school

The Spring into Summer Carnival fundraiser for Steamboat Springs Middle School will roll into the Meadows parking lot with a colorful collection of rides, games and festive food May 28 and remain there through May 31. Advance unlimited rides tickets are on sale for $20 at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, All That and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Unlimited rides tickets at the gate are $30. Carnival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Supper and dance planned on fourth Saturday of month

The Moonhill Schoolhouse covered supper and dance will begin again at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday and will be held the fourth Saturday of every month. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring their own beverage and covered dish. Water, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Group dances will be taught and there will be instructors for two step and cowboy cha cha on hand. For more information, call 970-879-1036 or check out the Moonhill Schoolhouse’s Facebook page at

‘Jaguar’s Children’ author to visit local bookstore

Award-winning, international bestselling author John Vaillant will make an appearance at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 6 p.m. May 27 to discuss his novel, “The Jaquar’s Children,” which focuses on individual experiences from the U.S.-Mexico border. Told with incredible detail and suspense, “The Jaguar’s Children” unwinds a survival story that takes issues of global importance and makes them immediate, urgent and undeniably human. Vaillant’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, National Geographic and Outside, among other magazines. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online, visit

Storage facility loans are offered to grain producers

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers. The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment. Additional security is required for poured-cement, open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department. For more information, stop by the local FSA office or visit

Supplemental food boxes available for area seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly to area seniors by LIFT-UP of Routt County, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LIFT-UP Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.

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