Steamboat briefs: Hands-on tours of Three Wire Winter with library staff |

Steamboat briefs: Hands-on tours of Three Wire Winter with library staff

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s reference department is offering free hands-on Three Wire Winter crash courses to help familiarize everyone with the new Three Wire Winter oral history and magazine digital collection, its contents and function.

Three Wire Winter and its wealth of unedited oral history interviews, magazine articles, photos and other documents are now searchable through the library’s catalog. Learn the tips and tricks necessary to navigate the digital collection, explore the Marmot Library Network Digital Archive and discover additional online cultural heritage resources from across western Colorado.

The library reference staff is leading three 30-minute sessions: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30; 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2; and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. All sessions will be held in the library’s conference room, upstairs next to Library Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own digital devices if available, allowing a hands-on experience. Visit for more information.

Free workshop to focus on financial statements help

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. 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 toward owners and managers who do not have a background in accounting and/or finance but are interested in improving their skills.

Entrepreneurship Center manager 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.

Steamboat Springs lands $75K parks grant for updates

The city of Steamboat Springs has received a $75,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant to help update its 13-year-old master plan for parks, recreation, open space, rivers and trails.

Steamboat’s existing master plan was created in 2004 and has guided the development of two new parks, miles of trails and the acquisition of more than 1,000 acres of open space, including land along the Yampa River corridor.

The new master plan can be expected to do more of the same, but there is new urgency this time around. Population growth since the last plan was adopted, coupled with the state health department’s 2016 decision to list the Yampa for the first time as an impaired water body, are expected to inform the plan.

The listing by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment was based on undesirably warm water temperatures in the river downstream from Steamboat.

City installs new automated external defibrillators

The city of Steamboat Springs has increased the number of automated external defibrillators in city facilities with the addition of three new AED stations this month.

The new AEDs have been placed in high-volume areas, including Centennial Hall, City Hall and the Alpine slide at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Two of the new AED lifesaving units were purchased with funding from the Walmart Community Grant Program, with the third coming out of the city’s general fund.

These devices join an AED cache already in place at the Community Center, Howelsen Ice Arena, Howelsen Hill Ski Area (tow house) and Haymaker Golf Course. In addition, four AED units are currently employed by the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

An automated external defibrillator is a device used to administer an electric shock and restore the heart’s normal rhythm. If a sudden cardiac arrest victim receives defibrillation within the first minute, the survival rate is 90 percent, and 30 percent to 50 percent if used within five minutes.

For public groups wishing to learn how to respond to cardiac emergencies at home or work, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue provides Friends and Family CPR training for a nominal charge.

GOCO funds $14K of work on Yampa River wildlife area

A new funding source created by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado, which targets small but important natural resource projects, will channel $14,000 to the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area near Steamboat Springs. The grant will support the third phase of a habitat restoration project on the Yampa River.

The wildlife area, known affectionately as “The Chuck,” is an easy bicycle ride south of Steamboat on Routt County Road 14 and is a popular destination for anglers, walkers and bird watchers. However, its popularity has led to degradation of the river bank.

The new grant monies from the CPW Director’s Innovation Fund will support planting of vegetation and the installation of rock structures to re-direct river flows and reduce sediment. The intent is to help the wildlife area withstand the increasing human recreation there.

To date, GOCO has used a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to invest more than $54 million in Routt County projects, including the conservation of 62,000 acres of land upgrades to facilities at Howelsen Hill and trails on Emerald Mountain among others.

LiftUp seeks volunteers for food bank, donation center

LiftUp of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization’s donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Suzanna Bloom at 970-870-0727.

Sustainability group seeks board members to serve

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the community’s carbon footprint through energy efficiency, waste diversion and education, is expanding its board of directors to meet the growing demand for its diverse environmental programs and services.

YVSC’s volunteer board strives to represent broad community sectors, such as construction, energy, education, business, finance, resort, recreation, hospitality and more. YVSC is recruiting individuals interested in making a difference in the local environment by providing direction for the organization.

Email to request an application or for more information. To learn more about YVSC’s programs and upcoming events, visit

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