Steamboat briefs: Jim Clark elected president of Travel Industry Association |

Steamboat briefs: Jim Clark elected president of Travel Industry Association

Jim Clark, CEO of the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association, has been elected president of the Travel Industry Association of Colorado board of directors at the association’s Jan. 26 meeting. Clark has been a member of TIAC for 10 years and has worked for decades in the Colorado tourism sector.

“I’m honored to have been chosen as president,” Clark said in a news release. “Tourism is critical to the health of Colorado’s economy and provides jobs and tax revenue for our state and communities. Advocating for tourism in our great state is a privilege and a responsibility. We must remain competitive and keep the Colorado Tourism Office supported with the proper resources to be successful.”

Clark was named CEO of the Steamboat Chamber in September after nine years as the president of Visit Fort Collins. He has worked in the industry for 30 years, including stints in Denver and Colorado Springs.

“Jim has the right message to help lead TIAC to new heights as we work as an industry to elevate the awareness of tourism as a key industry segment in Colorado’s economic development efforts,” said Vail Valley Partnership President CEO Chris Romer, who also serves on the TIAC board. “Jim’s experience in destination marketing and in working with state agencies makes him the right leader for TIAC as we attempt to increase the funding for our marketing efforts.”

TIAC is a nonprofit association of Colorado tourism-related organizations and associations uniting diverse segments of the industry into one unified voice. 

Contact information needed for high school class of ’95

A 20-year reunion is being planned for the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1995 is planning a 20-year reunion, and members of the class, or people with contact information for members of the class, are asked to e-mail with a current address, phone number or e-mail address. Class members are invited to “like” the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1995 Reunion Facebook page to connect or offer suggestions.

Cultural heritage program hosts summit in Steamboat

Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program will host a summit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. in Steamboat Springs.

The event is open to the regional program’s community representatives, partnering agencies and others interested in advancing cultural heritage projects and promotions in 17 communities in a five-county region of Northwest Colorado that includes Routt, Moffat, Jackson, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties.

“I am thrilled to be hosting a dynamic group of existing and potential new partners from throughout the region,” NWCCHP program coordinator Nancy Kramer said in a news release. “It is the knowledge of and passion for the heritage assets and stories of the region these partners bring together, collectively, that will ensure the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program plans and implement programs and projects of the highest quality and integrity.

“I believe the expected positive educational and economic impacts of our leadership is vital to every community in the region, large and small, realizing the intrinsic value of their legacy and heritage assets,” Kramer added.

Guest presenters for the summit will be Greg Winkler, regional manager of the Department of Local Affairs, and Cynthia Nieb, deputy director of the State Historical Fund. Well versed in collaboration and regional-based project development, both Winkler and Nieb will share the essential elements for successful regional collaborations. The event will also feature background on the NWCCHP, celebrate past work and introduce the newly structured organization frame work to continue its efforts to collectively interpret educate and promote the heritage assets, stories and natural resources of the region.

The meeting is free to the public with registration available online at A box lunch may be ordered at the time of registration.

To learn more about NWCCHP, visit or call Kramer at 970-846-2969.

Novice youth should apply for springtime turkey hunt

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering three young hunters a unique chance to win a mentored, high-quality spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker, scheduled to take place the weekend of April 11 and 12. The hunt is made possible with the help and support of local landowners in partnership with CPW wildlife managers.

All novice youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those that have no prior hunting experience, have special family circumstances or health conditions that limit their opportunity to participate in the sport of hunting will be given priority over experienced young hunters that come from hunting families.

The opportunity is open to boys and girls under the age of 18 who possess a hunter education card.

Applicants must send a letter of interest postmarked by March 31 to: DWM Bailey Franklin, PO Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641.

The letter should indicate specifically why the youth is interested in being selected for this special turkey hunt and must include the youth’s name, address and hunter education card number. It must also include a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian.

In addition, each letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about why the applicant should be selected over the other youth applicants for this special youth turkey hunt opportunity. The essay must be written by the applicant and in their own words.

The applicant’s lack of experience, any personal obstacles that have prevented the ability to hunt in past and the desire to learn about hunting are suggested topics for the required essay.

The three participants will be selected based upon the essays and will be notified by CPW on or before April 3.

For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.

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