Steamboat briefs: Inaugural News and Brews event rescheduled for Sept. 20 |

Steamboat briefs: Inaugural News and Brews event rescheduled for Sept. 20

In place of its regular Coffee and a Newspaper event, Steamboat Pilot & Today will be hosting News and Brews, and the date for the inaugural event has been rescheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2875 Elk River Road in Steamboat Springs.
The event is open to the community. Members of the Steamboat Today news team will be in attendance to talk about their beats and answer questions about reporting, journalism and other issues of public interest.
Community members are invited to attend, enjoy a beer and interact with members of the newspaper staff.

Steamboat Rubber Ducky Race postponed due to low water

Northwest Colorado Health's Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 in Steamboat Springs, has been postponed due to low water conditions in the Yampa River.
The city of Steamboat Springs recently implemented closures for commercial tubing activities and has advised river users to limit their activities because of lower than average flow and related impacts to aquatic life and stream health. Northwest Colorado Health will hold the Rubber Ducky Race when it receives approval from the city to use the river.
"While we are disappointed that we won't be able to float the ducks this weekend, we are confident that we'll be able to reschedule the race in the very near future when the river closure is lifted," said Suzi Mariano, director of marketing and development at Northwest Colorado Health, in a news release. "Every dollar raised will support hospice care in our valley, and we look forward to announcing the winners this fall."
All tickets for the race will be honored at the rescheduled event. Ticket holders will not need to be present to win prizes. Tickets for the Rubber Ducky race are still available at
No date had been set for the rescheduled event at press time.

Steamboat Today seeks new members for editorial board

Steamboat Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's editorial board. Individuals selected for the board will be asked to serve a four-month term beginning in October.
The editorial board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff.
Newspaper staff members on the board include Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, Evening Editor Jim Patterson and veteran reporter Tom Ross. Current community representatives are Bob Weiss and Beth Melton.
The editorial board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper Wednesdays and Sundays. The editorial board meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for one hour.
Readers interested in serving on the editorial board should email a letter of interest and resume to Schlichtman at Call Schlichtman at 970-871-4221 with questions.

New mountain coaster opens Friday at Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat's new Outlaw Mountain Coaster is set to open at noon Friday. After that, the coaster will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Sept. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22.
One mountain coaster ride is included with an all-day Coca-Cola Adventure Zone activity pass, and coaster rides also will be sold individually. The coaster will continue to operate throughout the winter season.
At 6,280 feet, the coaster is the longest in North America.

Steamboat lodging barometer predicts 73-percent capacity

About 10,500 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.
The figure represents 73-percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 73-percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 69-percent full.
Lodging is expected to dip to 7,000 visitors by Wednesday.
The chamber's lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Doc about life behind camera screens Monday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free community screening of "Cameraperson," a documentary by Kristen Johnson, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 in Library Hall. The film was an official Sundance Film Festival selection that portrays a photographer's life work: a boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home.
These scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over Johnson's 25-year career as a cinematographer. A work that combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry, "Cameraperson" is a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Visit for more information.

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Local Advocates group recruiting volunteers

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Thirty hours of training is provided and will take place in early February according to participant schedules.  Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested may call Molly or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.

Steamboat Girl Scouts in need of volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

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.

YVMC seeks volunteers for hospital programs

Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking caring people to join its volunteer team.  YVMC has openings in the following programs: cookie cart, day surgery, front desk at the Outpatient Pavilion and the music program.
Those interested in volunteering or learning about other volunteer opportunities at YVMC are asked to contact 970-870-1146 or

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