Steamboat briefs: Fourth of July fireworks show cancelled due to dry heat |

Steamboat briefs: Fourth of July fireworks show cancelled due to dry heat

Due to high temperatures, dry conditions and a growing fire concern, the city of Steamboat Springs has cancelled the fireworks show scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, according to a news release from the city’s public information office.

Police and fire department staff, along with fireworks officials, reviewed the plans, evaluated conditions on Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain and decided that, for the safety of participants and volunteers, along with the potential threat of wildfire, the Fourth of July fireworks show will not take place at this time. The current fire danger level is rated as moderate for the Steamboat Springs area.

“While cancelling the fireworks is never easy, I hope everyone understands why this decision had to be made,” said Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart in the news release. “With a wildland fire currently burning west of Steamboat Springs and conditions showing no improvements before Tuesday, we wanted to provide as much advance notice as possible.”

Outside the fireworks show, all other events associated with the Fourth of July celebration in will continue as scheduled. A comprehensive listing of Fourth of July events can be found at

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association thank their sponsors, Steamboat Radio, Steamboat Pilot and Today, Steamboat Ace Hardware, Native Excavating, Wyndham Vacation Resorts and Yampa Valley Bank.

Strings festival hires new ticket sales, office manager

Strings Music Festival has hired Sabrina Stewart as the organization’s new ticket sales and office manager. Stewart spent her formative years living in Shiraz, Iran, and later in Fredonia, Kansas, where she excelled in drama, dance and creative writing. She attended and earned bachelor of arts in drama from Evangel University in Springfield and a master of arts in drama from San Francisco State University. Stewart moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue acting full time and moved to Steamboat Springs in 2016, where she continues to produce independent films with her production company “Confident Actor Productions.” 

Hayden Library names Aubry Downs Reader of the Week

Aubry Downs

Hayden Library’s third Reader of the Week is 8-year-old Aubry Downs of Hayden. Her parents are Kim and Bob Downs, and her siblings are Tyler, 10, and Kayle, 6.

Aubry enjoys playing with her friends, Jessica and Hadassah, in her free time, along with jumping on the trampoline, riding her bike and playing outside. The family has eight chickens and two cats, Mars and Kaa. Aubry would like to be a veterinary missionary and travel to Cuba and Africa.

Aubry’s favorite colors are the rainbow; she enjoys eating sushi, crème brulee, tiramisu and dumplings. Her favorite TV show is “My Little Pony,” and she enjoys reading the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn. Aubry and her brother participated in wrestling camp this summer in Denver.

Aubry is homeschooled and will be in the fifth grade next year. She enjoys math, geography and art. As part of the homeschooling curriculum this past year, the family did community service in the library by thoroughly cleaning all the toys in the children’s section. Aubry is looking forward to vacationing in California and visiting Disneyland with her family. Aubry will celebrate her birthday at the wave pool, and the theme is “Moana.”

Aubry’s advice to young readers is: “It’s fun reading a good book.”

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