Steamboat briefs: Hotel hosts election forum Oct. 15 for council candidates |

Steamboat briefs: Hotel hosts election forum Oct. 15 for council candidates

An election forum hosted by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, the Routt County Democratic and Republican parties and the Steamboat Today will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Steamboat Grand.

The annual forum will start with a meet-and-greet followed by a Q&A session with local candidates at 5:45 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available prior to the start of the forum.

Steamboat Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman will moderate the forum, which will feature the four contested Steamboat Springs City Council races as well as a Q&A about the local broadband referendums.

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Harper Lee’s biographer to speak at library Oct. 15

In the ongoing exploration of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee’s new novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” for the 2015 One Book Steamboat community read, Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with Lee’s biographer, Charles Shields, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Library Hall.

Shields is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” and claims to be one of the few people who knew of the existence of Lee’s manuscript. When the New York Times, NPR, BBC Radio, MSNBC and The Associated Press reported on the story, they turned to him to get the inside scoop on the life of the notoriously elusive author.

Shields will share stories about Lee’s childhood in Monroeville, Alabama, examine the murder trial that inspired her great work, detail her journey to Kansas as Truman Capote’s ally and research assistant to help report the story of “In Cold Blood” and discuss the publication of “Go Set a Watchman,” 55 years after what was thought to be Lee’s only complete novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Books will be available for sale and author signing after the free talk. Visit for more information.

World music band to visit local elementary schools

Strings Music Festival welcomes world music band Todo Mundo for the first music education program of the school year Oct. 15.

Todo Mundo will visit Soroco and Hayden Valley Elementary to present the program “Escucha Que,” which promotes cross-cultural learning and the potential for music to build relationships.

The band will also perform a matinee at the pavilion for Steamboat Springs Elementary School students. Students will be prepped with a pre-show guide, “Musical Notes,” before the field trip to the pavilion. Todo Mundo was voted “Best World Music” band at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards in 2014.

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Final chance for taxpayers to e-file with extension

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who previously filed for an extension of time to file their tax return that they can electronically file (e-file) their returns until Oct. 15.

About 10 million taxpayers nationwide file their tax returns after April 15. Last year, nearly 240,000 Coloradoans filed for an extension of time.

IRS e-file will be available through Oct. 15 to serve these taxpayers.

Those who wish to e-file can do so through:

■ A tax professional — Ask your tax professional if they participate in the e-file program.

■ A home computer — A computer with a modem or Internet access and tax preparation software are all that is necessary. E-filing via home computer can be done 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

■ Free File — Taxpayers earning $60,000 or less may be eligible to receive free tax return preparation and electronic filing through a partnership between the IRS and Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies. Visit the IRS website’s Free File page for more details.

The extension granted extra time for filing the tax return only, not for paying any taxes due. Taxpayers will owe interest on any past due tax and may be subject to a late payment penalty if payment was not made by the original due date of the return. This year, the original due date for most taxpayers was April 15.

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2 performances scheduled for Yampa Valley Singers

The Yampa Valley Singers will present two concert performances of “The Bright Side of the Holidays” at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ninth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs. Selections include Mendelssohn’s “How Lovely Are the Messengers,” “The Tree of Peace,” “Inscription of Hope,” as well as many familiar pieces and an early start to the holidays with some carols. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any of the singers and at All That.

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