Steamboat briefs: Fifth Street stormwater project gets underway

The city of Steamboat Springs and Duckels Construction will begin construction on a stormwater treatment project at Fifth and Yampa streets beginning Tuesday.

Two-way traffic will be maintained between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue, however, some parking will be closed. Vehicular traffic using River Road and Fifth Street should expect periodic delays, and there may be pedestrian and bicycle detours during certain phases of construction. The public is urged to use caution and slow down for the cone zone.

The project will include the installation of an underground stormwater treatment device in-line with the existing storm sewer along Fifth Street between Yampa Street and the alley. Once complete, this project will help remove litter, oil, sediment and other pollutants from stormwater runoff before it discharges into the Yampa River.

Construction is expected to last until June 5, depending on weather conditions and work progress.

Business survey deadline is extended until June 3

Businesses that received business climate surveys from Routt County now have until June 3 to return them. Routt County distributed more than 500 surveys to businesses throughout the county in order to gather input on the county’s business climate and issues that should be addressed in economic and community development efforts by economic development organizations and cities and towns within the county.

The survey and follow-up analysis and recommendations are funded through technical and grant assistance administered by the State Department of Local Affairs and in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council. Results will be presented later this summer.

Email Economic Development Director Jane Blackstone at for more information.

Book trails adds two new camps to 2015 season

Due to high demand, BookTrails has added two new camps to it Reading on Ranches 2015 camp season. Lego Camp will be held from July 20 to July 24, and another session of Camp Splash will be offered July 27 to July 31.  Lego Camp is all about building. Students will read a building-related book and learn how different animals build their habitats in nature.  Campers can expect to learn how to build survival shelters, hike to look for signs of habitats, and of course, play with legos. Sign up at or call 855-426-6587 with any questions.

Former resident awarded bachelor’s degree

Jackson Massey, of Steamboat Springs, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont during commencement ceremonies Sunday. Massey was among some 2,975 students who were awarded a variety of degrees during UVM’s 214th annual commencement.

Construction work to resume on Highway 9

Work on Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne will resume at

6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic will be shifted onto a temporary detour near mile marker 136 as crews install pipe and prep for construction of the first wildlife underpass. Work hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travelers can expect delays between 15 and 25 minutes along the 11-mile construction route.

Public Works Department slated to host workshop

The city of Steamboat Springs’ Public Works Department is hosting a one day training workshop on inspection and maintenance of post-construction stormwater best management practices from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the citizens meeting room at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. in Citizen’s Meeting Room. The cost is $30 per participant.

Stormwater BMPs are not recognizable to most people, but there are many BMPs throughout the city that are designed to protect streams from the impacts of urban stormwater. These BMPs require regular maintenance to ensure they operate properly and to keep them in compliance with the city of Steamboat Springs’ Community Development Code.

The workshop will be presented by the Colorado Stormwater Center at Colorado State University and will teach participants how to identify, inspect and perform necessary maintenance of BMPs.

Government maintenance personnel, excavation contractors, engineers, landscape contractors, property managers, homeowners association managers, permanent BMP inspectors and MS4 managers/coordinators are all encouraged to attend.

The cost is $30 per participant. Contact Kelly Heaney, the city’s water resources manager, at 970-871-8205 or

Group collecting recycled art supplies for educators

Local arts educators now have access to recycled or donated art supplies through the new Create Space program at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at The Art Depot.  Community members, artisans and art enthusiasts can drop off new or gently used art supplies and tools at The Art Depot from 11 a.m. to

3 p.m. May 30. Volunteers will organize and donate the items to Routt County art educators. For more information, email, call 970-879-9008 or visit

Lions Club still accepting scholarship applications

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club has extended the deadline for this year’s scholarship applications. The Lions Club has been awarding these scholarships for over 25 years, during which time the Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club has awarded close to $200,000.

Six to 10 scholarships of $500 to $1,000 each will be awarded to graduating seniors in Routt County. The scholarships are open to any Routt County high school senior who has been attending a Routt County high school for at least two full semesters.

Funds for the annual scholarship are raised through the Lions’ numerous community fundraisers, including the Mustang Roundup, the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast, the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Christmas Tree sales, and most recently, ltheWinter Carnival. The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at The Egg and I. Visitors are welcome.

To apply for the scholarship or get more information about the scholarship, contact Chip Ravenscroft at

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