Steamboat briefs: Fundraiser proceeds benefit Center for Independence |

Steamboat briefs: Fundraiser proceeds benefit Center for Independence

A Spring Run-Off Celebration of Independence fundraiser will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Butcherknife Brewing Company, 2875 Elk River Road. The event will give people an opportunity to learn about resources and opportunities for living well with a disability in Northwest Colorado while enjoying craft pints and pizza from Embers wood-fired pizza. All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence based in Steamboat Springs. Limited tickets for the event can be purchased at for $60. Tickets are also available at NWCCI and Butcherknife. Call 970-871-4838 for more information.

Swap water sports gear Saturday at Stagecoach Marina

An all-water sports swap is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stagecoach Marina parking lot. People are invited to bring their fishing gear, boats, paddleboards, jet skis, wake boards and other water sports equipment and gear to the swap, which is open to the public. An entrance fee to the park will be required.

Fund established to assist victims of Thursday fire

A fund has been established to benefit longtime Steamboat Springs residents Paul and Carzel Fourtner, who lost their home and nearly all their possessions to a Thursday afternoon fire. Donations are being collected through, and all proceeds will go directly to the Fourtners. Those who wish to donate may do so by visiting

Blue Sage clears another hurdle with unanimous vote

The City of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend approval of a final development permit to enable Blue Sage Ventures’ plans to re-purpose the former Yampa Valley Electric Association building at Tenth and Yampa streets to add street level commercial, remodeled office space and three new residential condominiums to the property. The project goes next to the City Council on June 2 for consideration of final approval.

Motorists should expect traffic delays on Highway 9

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a safety and improvements project this month on the 11-mile segment of State Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne on the primary route from Steamboat Springs to Interstate 70 and Denver. The work is expected to last through mid-July 2017. Work hours this week are from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can expect delays between 15 and 25 minutes along Highway 9. For the week of May 17:

■ Monday through Friday between mile posts 135 and 137, there will be lane 
closures both northbound and southbound with alternating traffic for excavation 
and embankment work, milling, pipe work and fencing.

■ Monday through Friday between MP 131 and 135, there will be a shoulder 
closure for topsoil removal and surveying

Area educator to evaluate, score AP exams in calculus

Lee Cox was selected to participate in the College Board’s annual AP reading in AP calculus. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from across the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams.

“The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and instruction at the College Board, said in a news release. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Lee Cox.”

During the 2015 scoring sessions, more than 13,500 AP readers evaluated more than 4.5 million AP exams.

Local teachers honored as leaders in education

Shannon Valora and Jenny Lewis, both Hayden School teachers, were honored as Peabody Energy Leaders in Education during the 2014-15 school year. Valora and Lewis were each awarded $1,000 for their dedication and commitment to students by the energy company. Valora created and successfully implemented the “passport” reading program, challenged and banned book presentations and the Hayden Wall of Fame. She also has been an integral part of creating the school’s Veterans Day presentation and serves as the school’s concessions coordinator. Lewis is known as a caring and passionate educator at Hayden High School. She has a reputation for breaking down complex concepts and making instruction relevant, meaningful and engaging. She has received high marks from her students on college course student evaluations and numerous commendations from parents for creating a learning environment that motivates students to grow personally and intellectually.

“We are grateful for the inspiration Jenny Lewis and Shannon Velora provide to their students, and we applaud their leadership within the school community,” said Greg Boyce, chairman and chief executive officer of Peabody Energy.

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