Steamboat briefs: Hayden residents invited to meet manager finalists |

Steamboat briefs: Hayden residents invited to meet manager finalists

The town of Hayden is providing an opportunity for residents to meet the finalists for town manager.

The meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Hayden Town Hall.

The finalists are Pam Cherry, Ian Kaiser, Matthew Mendisco and Guy Patterson.

Cherry is currently the community development director for the city of McPherson, Kansas.

Kaiser is a Colorado city manager at Rocky Ford.

For the past nine years, Mendisco has been a consultant to local governments and private developers in Colorado.

Patterson lives in Avon and is the former chief administrative officer for Lake County.

Routt County senior caring group seeks volunteers

Routt County United Way is partnering with the Routt County Council on Aging in launching a senior caring volunteer group. The volunteer group is aimed at linking volunteers with seniors needing assistance or visitation in Routt County.

All volunteers will go through a background check process. Anyone interested in signing up should contact by Wednesday, Oct. 26. There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the United Way office, 443 Oak St. in downtown. Call 970-879-5605 for more information.

Patty Limerick visits library to discuss Wallace Stegner

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with Patty Limerick, Colorado’s state historian, founder of the Center of the American West and President Barack Obama appointee to the National Council on the Humanities, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in Library Hall.

Limerick will speak in honor of the One Book Steamboat community read of Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose.” Limerick’s talk is titled “Caught in the Middle: A Good-Hearted but Strenuous Attempt to Negotiate a Peace between History and Fiction (and between Mary Hallock Foote and Susan Burling Ward), While Remaining Wallace Stegner’s Friend.”

In the mid-1970s, as Limerick was finishing Stegner’s “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” she said she found herself weeping with such intensity that she felt compelled to flee the public spaces at Yale’s Sterling Library and seek a concealed place in order to avoid disturbing the sober and rational scholars near her. In the early 1990s, flying in a small commuter plane in turbulent air above Colorado, she was hit so hard by the ending pages of Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety” that she had to put the book away to avoid alarming fellow passengers.

As a person who considers herself unbelievably lucky to have been Stegner’s friend, Limerick has been rattled for years about the appearance of many long passages in Stegner’s “Angle of Repose” that were actually written by the noted 19th century author Mary Hallock Foote.

Framing these uncomfortable matters as a “border conflict” between the domain of fiction and the domain of history, Limerick will enlist the audience as her comrades and colleagues in the enterprise of staying afloat and upright where strong currents of feeling about Stegner converge.

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Registration now open for city afterschool program

The city of Steamboat Springs announces that Session II of its youth and teen programs is open for registration. The session runs from Monday, Oct. 24, to Jan. 6 and includes Afterschool Action, School Days Off, PeeWee Adventures, Kids Night Out, Middle School ASSET clubs, Teens On Tour and ASSET Clubs.

ASSET Clubs for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade run from Monday, Oct. 24, to Dec. 21 and include Intro to hockey, Lego brick building, juggling, Learn to Skate, indoor rock climbing, tennis plus others. Middle School ASSET Clubs include tennis, theater and GROW, a girls-only mentoring program.

The cost of clubs includes activity fees, transportation from both elementary schools, snack, supplies and supervision. The price is activity dependent.

Teens on Tour registration is also available. The program allows sixth- through eighth-graders to travel out of Steamboat Springs during parent/teacher conferences to experience a variety of recreation opportunities in the region. The group will head to Denver on Nov. 3 and 4, will stay in a hotel and head to Casa Bonita, Boondocks and the Colorado Mills Mall.

Registration materials can be found at the Parks & Community Services office, 245 Howelsen Parkway, or online at

Drop-in flu clinics held in Hayden on Nov. 2, 3

Northwest Colorado Health is holding drop-in flu clinics from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Hayden Valley Elementary School and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Hayden High School. Flu shots will be available for all ages. Bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) or other insurance card. Low cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted. Flu shots also are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632. A full schedule of flu clinics is available at

LiftUp of Routt County in search of center volunteers

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.

Steamboat’s Chief Theater VIP membership drive underway

The VIP membership drive for the Chief Theater is underway.

Three membership levels are available — bronze, for $150; silver, for $250; and gold, for $350 — each with carrying more benefits.

Depending upon the membership level selected, benefits may include two-for-one drink specials, reserved seating, access to limited-edition posters, early seating, discounts on theater rentals and merchandise and VIP members-only annual party.

Additionally, business owners choose VIP corporate memberships, including corporate membership, for $500, and Corporate Platinum membership, for $750.

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Calling 811 reduces risk of damaged utility lines

Atmos Energy wants to remind homeowners and excavators that they are required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked before digging.

Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care around line markings by digging by hand.

Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chances of hitting an underground utility line decreases by 99.9 percent.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the location of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.

Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015.

“We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law,” Gregory said. “Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators should call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property.

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