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Steamboat briefs: Housing steering committee to host community meeting

The Community Housing Steering Committee, sanctioned by the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners, is hosting a housing kickoff meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, July 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

The committee has established four working groups that will analyze all housing segments through a supply and demand lens, along with the obstacles to housing and potential solutions or opportunities.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided, and members of the community are encouraged to attend and offer their views on the local housing situation.

New section of NPR trail on Emerald Mountain open

The newest section of NPR — aka No Pedaling Required — bike trail on Emerald Mountain is now open to the public.

NPR is a downhill-directional, mountain bike-specific trail with man-made dirt features including berms, rollers and jumps. This new section consists of two parallel trails, one beginner and one intermediate, which continue on the back side of Howelsen Hill, where the previous section of NPR terminated.

The project to extend the trail was funded by a grant from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Recreational Trails Program with matching funds from the 2A Trails Committee. Routt County Riders Trail Builders was awarded the contract for design and construction through a competitive bid process.

Vote for favorites online; Best of the Boat voting open

Voting for Best of the Boat is open and will continue through Aug. 12.

For the sixth year in a row, Steamboat Living magazine, along with the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Explore Steamboat, will run its annual Best of the Boat survey, giving locals and visitors a chance to chime in on everything they love about Steamboat.

There will be the usual six categories: shopping, dining, food specialties, home and garden, business and community and professionals. New this year, there will be one new surprise category that will be released Monday when the survey launches.

To vote, visit

Winners will be announced at the Best of the Boat Awards Party on Oct. 20, which is when the winter edition of Steamboat Living magazine will be released. 

Red, White, Blue Bash slated for 6 pm Thursday

The Steamboat Institute will host its second annual Red, White & Blue Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Coal View Ghost Ranch, 5.3 miles west of Milner on the south side of U.S. Highway 40. The event will feature Steamboat Meat & Seafood’s famous pig roast, craft beers and wine, live music by Jesse and Colter Christensen, face-painting for kids, an authentic Old West stagecoach, and a live and silent auction, featuring auctioneer Bob Beauprez. The cost is $75 per person with kids younger than 12 free. Register online and view auction items at

Kids’ Crane Festival coloring contest still open to area

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival kids’ coloring contest is underway. The crane drawing, designed by art teacher Rose Swenson, is available at the Bud Werner Children’s library, Ciao Gelato and Yampatika. The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website:

Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it to these same locations by Aug. 15. Winners will be notified in late August, and awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sept. 8, the opening night of the festival.

All contest entries will be displayed at the library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Local groups reach out to returning soldiers 

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Natalie Breitung at 970-879-5489.

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