Steamboat briefs: Full payment of property taxes are due Wednesday |

Steamboat briefs: Full payment of property taxes are due Wednesday

Routt County residents are reminded that the full payment of their property taxes are due Wednesday. For those who paid the first half that was due March 2, the second half is due June 15.

Checks can be made out to Routt County Treasurer and mailed to P.O. Box 770907, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, dropped off at 522 Lincoln Ave. or paid online at Call the Treasurer’s Office at 970-870-5555 for additional information.

T.C. Boyle, award-winning author, to speak at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present an evening with award-winning author T.C. Boyle at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. Boyle will share the stories behind his new novel, “The Harder They Come,” a powerful story that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character.

Boyle is the author of 24 books of fiction and his short stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year for “World’s End;” the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story for “T.C. Boyle Stories;” and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France for “The Tortilla Curtain.”

This Library Author Series event is free, and books will be available for sale. A book signing will follow the talk. Visit for more information.

National park tourism creates millions in economic benefit

A new National Park Service report shows that the 6,031,876 visitors to national parks in Colorado in 2014 spent $374.4 million in the state. That spending supported 5,811 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $552.1 million. It also represents a 13.2 percent increase in spending and 11.8 percent rise in visitation over 2013.

“From Dinosaur National Monument to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, the national parks of Colorado draw more than 6 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world,” Sue Masica, director of the NPS Intermountain Region, which includes Colorado and seven other states, said in a news release. “This new report confirms that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 America invests in the National Park Service.

Colorado’s 12 national parks include: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain national parks; Colorado, Dinosaur, Florissant Fossil Beds, Hovenweep and Yucca House national monuments; Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre national historic sites, and Curecanti National Recreation Area.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and NPS economist Lynne Koontz.

Nationally, the report shows that a record 292.8 million park visitors directly spent $15.7 billion in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs, 235,600 of them in those “gateway” communities near the parks. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

To download the full report, visit

YVMC seeks volunteers who possess computer skills

Yampa Valley Medical Center Volunteer Services is looking for caring people, 18 or older, with computer skills who are interested in working with patients to provide assistance and instruction on setting up an account in the new myChart patient portal system. For more information about this position or other volunteering opportunities at YVMC, contact Deb Bastian at 970-870-1146 or

Festival celebrating cranes to include a photo contest

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival is adding a photo contest to its event offerings this year.

Photographers are invited to enter photos of sandhill cranes and/or sandhill crane habitat in the Yampa Valley.

Entrants should not submit images that involve willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment or trespassing on private property is prohibited.

Submitted photos must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 15.

All submissions must be sent by email to no later than Aug. 15.

Three submissions per person are allowed. Each photo must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, age, phone number, location of photo, date photo was taken and an optional title for the photograph.

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Sept. 10 to 14 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Visit for more information about the fourth annual festival.

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