Steamboat briefs: Steamboat lodging barometer predicts more than 9K visitors |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat lodging barometer predicts more than 9K visitors


Steamboat lodging barometer predicts more than 9K visitors

About 9,200 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 58-percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 92 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 81-percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 46-percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 5,900 visitors by Wednesday.

The chamber's lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

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Library focuses on James Baldwin's work during book

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a special Book & Film edition of the library book club, with a focus on James Baldwin in June.

Community members are invited to read and discuss "The Fire Next Time" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 in the library conference room. A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, "The Fire Next Time" galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement.

At once a powerful evocation of Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

The book stands as a classic of American literature, and the library has free copies to loan to anyone who wants to join the discussion. Sign up at the library circulation desk or by calling 879-0240.

As a follow-up to the discussion, the library presents a free community screening of "I Am Not Your Negro," Raoul Peck's Academy Award nominee for best documentary film, from the writings of Baldwin told in the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 in Library Hall.

In 1979, Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.  Visit for more information about the film and book discussion.

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Library's health perspectives session focuses on dementia

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Health Perspective Series talk focusing on dementia at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12 in Library Hall. Peggy Watson, an expert in non-pharmacological behavior management for dementia and the author of two books on dementia, including "Dementia: Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit," will give a presentation for caregivers, friends, medical professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about dementia.

Learn about the stages of dementia and evidence-based interventions to improve interaction and engagement. Find strength in understanding the dementia journey, and empowerment in the knowledge that there are ways to manage this disease. The evening includes a question and answer session, and Watson's books will be available for purchase. Visit for more information.