Steamboat briefs: Electric vehicle charging available at Gondola Square |

Steamboat briefs: Electric vehicle charging available at Gondola Square

— Steamboat Ski Area is offering electric vehicle charging in the Gondola Square parking structure near the base area.

The dual-port charging station was installed among the short-term parking spots near the entrance to the parking garage, and charging will be free. During winter, electric cars can be parked for free only while the vehicle is actively charging.

A ChargePoint account is required to use the station, and guests can register at the Gondola Square parking structure location. This project is part of the Charge Ahead Colorado initiative to offer electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state.

Wandering botanist to visit Botanic Park on Wednesday, Aug. 10

Yampa River Botanic Park will host a special “Wednesday Wonderings” featuring widely traveled plant expert Kathy Keeler from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Trillium House in the park.

Keeler writes and speaks about plants, travel and history as a wandering botanist. A retired professor of biology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Ph.D. in genetics from University of California Berkeley, she now travels the world collecting and sharing great stories about plants.

“The more we know about the things we see every day, the richer our lives,” Keeler said. “Plants have always been part of human life and humans generate all kinds of curious stories.”

Yampa Valley Crane Festival photo contest remains open

Photographers of all ages are invited to submit crane photographs for the 2016 Yampa Valley Crane Festival photo contest by email to The deadline for submission is Aug. 15. Photos submitted to the contest must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1 and Aug. 15.

Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Sept. 8 to 11 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. This year a special youth category and prize also is planned. Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at

Trail work day planned on Emerald for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

Routt County Riders will lead a trail work day on Emerald Mountain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Volunteers should meet at the Blackmere Drive trailhead. Following the trail work, volunteers can enjoy lunch and beverages provided by New Belgium Brewing Co. Those who bring their bikes can ride down after. Tools will be provided, and volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, cap and water. RSVP to ensure ample lunch to

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