Steamboat briefs: Hayden to consider fee for vacant lot owners Thursday

Hayden to consider fee for vacant lot owners Thursday

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider imposing a fee on vacant lot owners not currently connected to the town’s water system.

Town staff members will give their reports beginning at 7 p.m. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

According to a report prepared by town manager Dave Torgler, there are currently 188 vacant lots that have the ability to connect to the town’s water system, which is sized to meet the demands.

“However, there are no funds coming into the town to service these maintenance and repair costs,” Torgler said.

Torgler is recommending a fee, which he said is oftentimes used by water district.

Sections of local trails to be closed due to snow melt

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department will be closing sections of the Yampa River Core Trail and other local trails as snow melts and the rivers and creeks run higher.

To date, the Highway 40 underpass at Walton Creek and the railroad underpass between Fetcher Park and Rotary Park are closed. These sections and others may open or close as the river reaches peak flows. Trail users are urged to obey all closures and not to try to cross trails with water on them.

Local food bank in short supply of personal items

LIFT-UP of Routt County is in need of personal items for its food bank. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and razors are currently in short supply. Donations can be dropped off at the LIFT-UP offices, 2125 Curve Court.

2015 Volunteer of the Year nominations now accepted

The Routt County United Way is taking nominations for its 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Nominations, which are due by May 11, can be made at The United Way is also taking project requests and volunteer signups for their 2015 Day of Caring through May 8 on its website.

Tread of Pioneers seeking items of local horse history

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking local artifacts, personal stories and information about the history and role of the horse in Routt County for an upcoming exhibit. The deadline for submissions is May 30. For more information or to participate, contact Katie at 970-879-2214 or

Lunafest opens today with local group Broad Band

Bud Werner Memorial Library will host the sixth annual Lunafest, a nationally touring film festival of award-winning short films made by women, with a performance by The Broad Band, a local all-women’s group, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. The film festival will follow at

6:30 p.m. Lunafest includes eight films this year and it benefits Bust of Steamboat, the local nonprofit organization that has been helping women fight breast cancer in the Yampa Valley since 2001. A $10 donation at the door supports local efforts by Bust of Steamboat to prevent and treat breast cancer for women of Routt and Moffat counties. Visit for more information.

VNA providing routine immunizations for all ages

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide routine immunizations for all ages from noon to 4:30 p.m. May 18 to May 22 in the Steamboat Springs High School commons. Vaccines will be available for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), pneumonia, HPV, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (Tdap) and hepatitis A and B. Participants are asked to bring their insurance cards. Immunizations are $25.50 for people without insurance; however, no one will be refused a vaccine due to inability to pay. Cash or checks will be accepted. Call 970-879-1632 for more information.

VNA holds support groups for divorce every Tuesday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a support group for adults coping with divorce from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. Meetings focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. Call Adrienne Hearne at 512-630-1373 for more information.

Airport runway will be closed through June 15

Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s runway will be closed to all air traffic until 7 a.m. June 15. The roughly 60-day closure will include rehabilitation of the runway, shoulder construction, runway lighting system replacement and runway safety area grading. For more information, visit yampavalley or email Airport Director Kevin Booth at

Air patrol now accepting teen program applications

Civil Air Patrol is accepting applications from boys and girls ages 12 to 18 for its cadet program, which centers around aviation, aerospace technology, leadership, fitness and character. 

Go to the Steamboat Springs Airport from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday or attend one of the events held on the second Tuesday of the month at Heritage Christian School. For more information, call 303-524-5964.

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