Steamboat briefs: Facebook page set up for family who lost home in fire |

Steamboat briefs: Facebook page set up for family who lost home in fire

— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has set up a Facebook page for community members to leave messages of support and messages for a local family that lost their entire home and dog to a fire Sunday.

The Flanigan Family Room also is a place for community members to post photos of the family.

In an email to club members, Winter Sports Club Executive Director Jim Boyne said the family is seeking personal photos of the family.

“Nothing will replace the family pictures and heirlooms, but we can help them find a little peace,” Boyne wrote. “The Flanigans are a positive force and are resilient, and I am confident they will come out of this stronger than ever.”

Friends and family can access the Facebook page at

A Gofundme page, which was set up to help the Flanigans replace the items they lost in the fire, was closed Tuesday after it hit its fundraising goal of $40,295.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival registration continues

Registration for the 2016 Yampa Valley Crane Festival set for Sept. 8 through 11, is underway. Most festival events are free and do not require registration.

Some activities with limited space require advance registration and a nominal registration fee. These events include guided crane viewing shuttles and bird walks, a crane-friendly working ranch tour, a wine, cheese and crane art gallery show; nature writing workshop, wildlife photography workshop and purchase of a barbecue dinner at the Carpenter Ranch picnic.

Kids events requiring registration include a family activities night at a Hayden ranch, crane puppet and storytelling workshop with Heather Henson and owl pellet workshops. Visit for a festival schedule and registration information.

Routt County Fair honors memory of Sam Haslem

A flag dedication ceremony in honor of the late Sam Haslem will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Routt County Fairgrounds. A new flagpole is being erected in Haslem’s honor on the east side of exhibit hall. The Hayden American Legion will perform the ceremony. The event is open to the public.

Input requested on county building codes upgrade

Construction community input is requested by Sept. 1 regarding the Routt County Regional Building Department upgrade to 2015 building codes, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. Input should be submitted to Routt County building official Ben Grush at

Any interested construction professionals in Routt County who have not received the previous email updates from the building department that outline the changes from 2009 to 2015 building codes likely do not have a current email address registered with the department. Call 970-870-5566 to ask to be emailed the code updates and to have an email address added to the communication database.

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