Steamboat briefs: Last day to complete and submit community surveys is Friday

City and county residents who received a community survey from the city of Steamboat Springs have until Friday to return them if they want their voices to be heard. As of last Friday, the city had received back more than 1,000 of the 3,000 surveys it sent out to random households. The response rate was reportedly at 36 percent. The survey gives community members a chance to grade the quality of city services and let the Steamboat Springs City Council know what the city’s funding priorities should be in the coming years. The survey can also be taken online. The city mailed out surveys to 2,000 households in the city limits and to 500 second-home owners who don’t reside in the city full time. Surveys also were sent to 500 households in Routt County that lie in the boundaries of the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District. Survey results will be presented to the Steamboat Springs City Council next month.

Nominations being sought for 2015 volunteer award

Routt County United Way is seeking nominations for the program’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year. To nominate a child and adult, visit

Gymnasts to present their Spring Exhibition Show

Excel Gymnastics of Steamboat will present all after-school classes at the annual Spring Exhibition Show from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its gym, 1955 Bridge Lane, Suite 1500. Classes include all recreation classes, parkoar, trampoline, pre-team and both the girls and boys Junior Olympic and Xcel teams. Cost of admission is $3, and all proceeds benefit the Steamboat Friends of Gymnastics booster club.

Sustainability council to host REAP grant training

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host a USDA REAP grant training from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hayden Granary, 198 Lincoln Ave. The USDA Rural Energy for America Program provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Pattie Snidow, community and economic development director of rural development for the USDA, will conduct the training, which will include a grant application workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Small businesses and agricultural producers are encouraged to attend. Nonprofits and government agencies are not eligible. Space is limited, so RSVP to For more information on the program, visit

Hayden American Legion will place flags this Friday

American Legion Post 89 in Hayden will be placing flags on veterans’ graves at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hayden Cemetery. On Monday, the post will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 6 p.m. at the cemetery followed by a barbecue at Legion Hall. Call Dave Hayden at 970-276-4436 for more information. Both events are open to the public.

Gardening workshops for kids offered this summer

Four gardening workshops for third- through fifth-graders will be offered this summer at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The workshops, taught by CSU Master Gardeners, are sponsored by Routt County CSU Master Gardeners, the Yampa River Botanic Park and the 4-H Youth Development Program. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 13, June 27, July 11 and Aug. 15. There will be a $10 materials fee for each workshop. Participants may find more information or sign up for one or more sessions at the CSU Routt County Extension Office at 136 Sixth St. in Steamboat Springs, or by visiting and clicking on the link under Events.

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