Steamboat briefs: Group seeks agriculture donations to help fire victims |

Steamboat briefs: Group seeks agriculture donations to help fire victims

Recent fires in Northeastern Colorado have greatly impacted many of its farmers and ranchers due to destruction of fencing, loss of livestock and damage to fields and equipment. 

In an effort to support recovery efforts, Community Agriculture Alliance is collecting fencing materials, specifically wood posts and T posts, from 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center immediately prior to the Colorado Ag Water Alliance Workshop. 

Individuals are encouraged to bring good, usable wood posts and T posts that will be collected and delivered to the Haxtun area in Northeastern Colorado the following week and put to immediate use.  

In lieu of purchasing new materials, people are encouraged to donate directly to the relief efforts so fencing materials can be purchased in bulk. 

Donations can be brought to the event or mailed to 229 S. Colorado Ave., Haxtun, CO 80731 with checks payable to the Haxtun Credit Union with “Agricultural Fire Relief” in the memo.   

Any producers interested in donating livestock to restore lost herds are asked to call Jenna Keller at 970-846-6346. 

May 6 date set for Steamboat musicians showcase event

Yampapalooza, a jamboree of local bands and solo acts, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 6.  The family-friendly event will be held at the Old Town Pub and Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Those interested in participating are asked to email Tommy Larson at

Free workshop focuses on financial statements

SCORE and the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College will host a free workshop focused on helping small business owners and managers understand and interpret their financial statements at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The balance sheet and profit-and-loss statement are key diagnostic tools for identifying trends and mistakes a small business makes. The use of ratios, graphs and margins and their utilization in establishing critical success factors for a business will be presented. This seminar is oriented towards owners and managers who do not have a background in accounting and/or finance but are interested in improving their skills.

Entrepreneurship Center canager Randy Rudasics, a former business owner with an MBA from University of Wisconsin, will lead the workshop. He has worked with many local entrepreneurs to help them understand their financials.

This program will be in conference room 127 in the Entrepreneurship Center at the Colorado Mountain College Academic Center. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Call 970-870-4491 to sign up.

Three Wire Winter launches with celebration, sessions

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum invite the community to a celebration of the digital launch of the Three Wire Winter oral history and magazine collection at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in Library Hall. Learn more about this ambitious project that is making Routt County’s local history magazine accessible to the world.

For 12 years, starting with the 1974-75 school year, Three Wire Winter delighted readers as it featured the lives and stories of Routt County residents. In all, 24 issues were published.

Next week’s celebration will feature highlights of the new digital edition of Three Wire Winter, a brief history about how it came to be and a panel discussion that includes former Steamboat Springs High School teachers Bill McKelvie and Tanna Brock sharing stories of the original magazine’s production as they delve deeper into this important local history project. McKelvie and Brock will be joined by several students who helped bring this magazine to life during the mid-1970s and 1980s.  

See how Three Wire Winter and its wealth of unedited oral history interviews, magazine articles, photos and other documents now are searchable through the library’s catalog. In the coming year, the collection will also be featured in the Digital Public Library of America, which means this incredible local history resource will soon reach a global audience.

In addition, the library’s reference department is offering hands-on Three Wire Winter crash courses to help familiarize everyone with the new digital collection, its contents and function. The free 30-minute sessions are at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the library’s conference room.


Free home audits available for Atmos, YVEA customers

Funding is still available this spring for a free home energy assessment available for Yampa Valley Electric Association residential customers who also have Atmos Energy natural gas for their primary home heating. This thorough assessment by a local certified auditor includes safety checks, infrared thermal imaging, a blower-door air leakage test and a substantial written report of prioritized energy efficiency suggestions. For dual YVEA and Atmos customers, the home energy audits are free while funding lasts this spring. Small charges apply for homes larger than 3,000 square feet or located far outside of Steamboat Springs. For customers with only YVEA or with only Atmos for heating, the audits are half price, or $150. Sign up for an energy assessment online at

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