Steamboat briefs: Knoll Parking Lots to be closed for music festival |

Steamboat briefs: Knoll Parking Lots to be closed for music festival

The upper and lower sections of Steamboat Ski Area's Knoll parking lots will be closed Feb. 21 through 28 during WinterWonderGrass to accommodate festival tents. The Knoll lots are located on Mount Werner Circle near Gondola Transportation Center.

The resort will continue to offer free parking in the Meadows Parking Lot and paid parking in the Gondola Square parking structure. During this time, shuttle service from Meadows lot will begin at 6 a.m.

Ski area employees, festival participants and skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to carpool or take public transportation during the lot closures. No overnight parking is available in the Meadows lot during the festival. Owners will be responsible for towed vehicles.

'Steamboat Round the Bend' history book back in print

"Steamboat Round the Bend," a local history book by the late Dee Richards, is back in print through a partnership between Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To mark the re-release of Richard's book, veteran reporter Tom Ross and advertising representative Deb Proper, both colleagues of Richards during her 25-year tenure as editor of the Steamboat Pilot from 1965 to 1990, will share remembrances of Richards at a special event planned for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2815 Elk River Road.

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The event is free and open to the community, and all who attend and purchase a book will enjoy one free craft beer. Richards' friends and family are encouraged to attend and will be invited to share memories of the longtime editor during the celebration of her book's re-release.

"Steamboat Round the Bend" is considered to be one of the premier history books about Steamboat's early years. The book was originally published by the Steamboat Pilot in 1976.

Tickets still available for Steamboat Unplugged event

Tickets are still available for Steamboat Unplugged — an event being held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in conjunction with the WinterWonderGrass Festival. Those who attend will join Elephant Revival's Bonnie Paine for an intimate evening of acoustic music, great wine and fine foods in a luxury mountain home. All proceeds benefit the youth mentoring programs of Partners in Routt County. Visit to purchase tickets.

City to host free ski day at Howelsen Hill on Sunday, Feb. 26

The city of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host its second-to-last free ski day of the 2016-17 winter ski season at Howelsen Hill on Sunday, Feb. 26. Bud Werner Memorial Library will give away a free copy of the book, "Hotdogger," to children ages 8 and older. The author and illustrator will be on-site to sign books.

Those who plan to take advantage of the free ski day should stop into the lodge to pick up a free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and Nordic trails on Howelsen.

The final ski free day is currently scheduled for Sunday, March 12, closing day for public skiing at Howelsen Hill.

Yampa Valley Singers begin rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. today

All singers are invited to join the Yampa Valley Singers as they begin weekly rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets.

Tenor and bass singers are especially needed as the group prepares for concerts to be held on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7.

The concerts will be presented by the Yampa Valley Choral Society, combining Yampa Valley Singers and Steamboat Chamber Singers. Call Ruth McClelland at 970-879-2641 for more information and to register with a $35 fee.

Students vie in marijuana prevention challenge

Students from Steamboat Springs Middle School, Hayden Middle School and Soroco Middle School spent February competing with other middle schools across the state in the Protect What's Next Challenge, with hopes of winning $10,000 for their school.

About 70 schools across the state are participating in the challenge, which is a marijuana prevention program from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The challenge is a fun, easy way for schools to engage students with a positive message about prioritizing personal goals over marijuana use by having them complete quick, unique activities as a reminder of what it's like to set and accomplish goals.

Students photograph or film their challenges and post them on Instagram or submit them using the challenge website,, where other challenge submissions from across the state can also be viewed.