Steamboat briefs: Historic ag storytelling night returns to Library Hall |

Steamboat briefs: Historic ag storytelling night returns to Library Hall

The Community Agriculture Alliance, Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present “Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley,” a night of storytelling about longtime perspectives on farming, ranching and agri-business in the Yampa Valley, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall.

This is a community conversation with locals who have a rich, hands-on history of local agricultural production. The evening’s conversation will include topics as varied as cattle ranching, guiding and outfitting, running a dairy, farming wheat and managing a family ranch.

This year’s featured panelists are Ray Heid, a Routt County native, ski professional, guide and outfitter; Virginia Rossi, a South Routt rancher and homemaker; Olive Blake, whose family owned the dairy in Hayden; and Wayne Counts, a multi-generational wheat farmer from Moffat County and strong agriculture advocate.

Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance, will moderate the evening.

A social hour with panelists, including cake and coffee, follows the talk. This annual event honors Celebrate Agriculture Week, creating a night to engage with longtime local ag producers and add to the historic oral histories at Tread of Pioneers Museum. Visit for more information.

Board of Education to host workshop, business meeting

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education will hold a workshop and business meeting beginning at 4:45 p.m. Monday.

The workshop will begin at 4:45 p.m., and the topic is concurrent enrollment.

The business meeting will follow at 5:45 p.m. and will include an update on the FY18 budget, a CBT salary schedule and health plan update and an update from Community Committee for Education.

To view the agenda and packet, visit

Commissioner meetings slated for Mondays, Tuesdays

The Routt County commissioners meet at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays in the historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs, except for holidays. Monday meetings are labeled work sessions and many discussions are preparation for a Tuesday session on the same subject, when a formal vote may take place.

Agendas for both days may be viewed at the county website at under the “Your Government” heading the Friday before the meetings. Tuesday agendas typically include links to PDF documents containing detailed information about the agenda item.

Routt County also provides a way for residents to listen live to Tuesday meetings by calling into them at 970-870-5499.

Prize to be awarded to first to document returning crane

The return migration of the greater sandhill cranes to the Yampa Valley has begun. Cranes are leaving their wintering homes in New Mexico and Arizona and heading north. The first arrivals were expected in the Yampa Valley during the first or second week of March.

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, presenter of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, is once again sponsoring a First-Crane-Sighting-of-the-Season contest. Document your sighting of the first greater sandhill crane spotted in your area of the Yampa Valley by either emailing your photo to or mailing your photo to CCCC headquarters: 40625 County Road 69A, Hayden, CO 81639. Include the date, time, and location of your sighting, as well as your name and any other pertinent details.

A prize will be awarded to each individual with the photo of the earliest sighting in the west, north, and south Routt county areas, plus Steamboat Springs and Craig. A special grand prize will be given for the overall earliest sighting in the entire Yampa Valley. Winners and photos will be announced at the end of March on the CCCC website at

BLM to offer 106 parcels in June oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management will offer 106 parcels totaling 100,816 acres in Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties at its June 9, quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The BLM will hold the lease sale online via Bidding will begin at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Each lease, if issued, will contain stipulations and best management practices designed to address air quality and water resources, while ensuring safe and environmentally responsible development. As part of leasing reform, the BLM may modify lease stipulations to accommodate site-specific resources.

The public may protest any of the parcels being offered in the sale until April 10. Protests must be submitted to the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215. The environmental assessments, lists and maps of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available at at

In Fiscal Year 2016, oil and gas development on public lands directly contributed $796 million to Colorado’s economy. BLM Colorado received more than $98 million in federal revenues, including royalties, rents and bonus bids, from oil and gas development on public lands. The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of these revenues.

Statewide, more than 22,900 jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.

The Routt County Board of County Commissioners is selling various surplus items.

Young Composer Competition deadline upcoming April 1

Summit Music and Arts’ third annual Young Composers Competition provides an opportunity for musicians and composers age 10 to 18 residing in Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Lake, Park, Routt and Summit counties to enter one or more original compositions for critique. Deadline for entries is April 1, and the cost to enter is $20 per composition. For details, competition guidelines and an application form, visit “Events” at Contact for more information.

Tickets available for 2017 Steamboat Adventures Show

The Steamboat Adventures Show is returning for its second year, featuring top adventurers telling about their travels around the world. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 29 at the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Locals who are featured in the upcoming Steamboat Adventures magazine, published by Steamboat Pilot & Today, will share accounts of their outdoor adventures through video, slide show and presentations.

Tickets are $25, and $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to Everything Outdoors Steamboat, an organization dedicated to getting children outdoors and fostering a love for adventure. The ticket price includes admission to the show, one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage and appetizers.

Seating is limited. Call Bryna Sisk at 970-871-4235 for more information.

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