Steamboat briefs: Election Forum planned in lieu of Coffee and a Newspaper |

Steamboat briefs: Election Forum planned in lieu of Coffee and a Newspaper

Coffee and a Newspaper, which would normally be held on the first Wednesday of the month, has been canceled in October. Instead community members are encouraged to attend Steamboat Pilot & Today's Election Forum on Oct. 11.

The annual event, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, the Routt County Democrats, Routt County Republicans and the newspaper, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Steamboat Grand.

The forum will feature Steamboat school board and city council candidates as well as local ballot initiatives. The event will begin with appetizers and a meet and greet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open the community.

In advance of the forum, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, who will serve as forum moderator, will accept questions from the public to be asked during the forum. If you have questions for the candidate or about one of the ballot initiatives, email them to

Northwest Colorado yarn spinners to converge on library

Spinzilla is a worldwide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. While this competition is happening in Craig, Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an entire day when local spinners from Northwest Colorado will be at the Steamboat library for demonstrations.

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From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, the local wool spinners will be visiting various story times in the library's Storytime Room and hosting a public demonstration upstairs in Library Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

The community is invited to stop in, learn about spinning and cheer on the local team. Visit for more information.

Engaging film about NYT obituary department screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free community screen of "Obit," a film about life on deadline, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Library Hall. Every morning a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory — each life's story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores.

There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. The film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

Longtime obituary editor of The New York Times William McDonald and past and present staff writers on the desk are featured including: Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox, William Grimes, Douglas Martin and Paul Vitello — plus The Times' century-old archive, appropriately called the morgue, along with its last remaining fulltime archivist Jeff Roth.

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Marriage, mothering workshop to be offered in Steamboat

Registered psychotherapist Heidi Berend will conduct a six-week workshop, "Marriage, Mothering and Me, Finding the Balance," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 17 to Dec. 5. There will be no class on Oct. 31 and Nov. 21.

The workshop will offer an opportunity for participants to learn self-worth and core values, assertive communication and collaboration, conflict resolution and the seven needs of a marriage. Berend, MA, is a licensed professional counselor candidate and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health from University of Northern Colorado.

The cost of the workshop is $175. To register, contact at or 970-846-8987.