Steamboat Briefs: Local lodging barometer predicts 82 percent capacity |

Steamboat Briefs: Local lodging barometer predicts 82 percent capacity

About 13,100 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 82 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 88 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 76 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 10,700 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.

Daffodil sale on Tuesday to benefit VNA hospice

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is holding its annual Daffodils for Hospice fundraiser. Daffodils will be available for purchase Tuesday at City Market, Ace at the Curve, Hayden Mercantile, Bonfiglio Drug and the Clark Store. Residents can preorder their daffodils at through today and pick them up Tuesday at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. The Hospice and Palliative Care program is nonprofit and has been providing end-of-life care in the Yampa Valley for more than 25 years. Daffodils are $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. Call Mindy Fontaine at 970-871-7609 for more information.

Hayden Public Library’s book fair set to start today

The Hayden Public Library will be having its annual Scholastic Book Fair from today to March 24. The theme for this year is “Book Fair Under the Sea.” The book fair offers the chance to purchase books and enter for the chance to win prizes. Tickets will also be sold for a Easter basket drawing.

Scholarships offered to area high school students

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has opened a 2015 scholarship program for Routt and Moffat high school students. Interested high school seniors may visit to learn more about a number of scholarships that each have specific criteria. Online applications and essays are due 8 p.m. April 8. Scholarship recipients will be announced at local awards nights and graduation ceremonies. Contact Susan Petersen at or call 970-879-8632 for more information.

Rehabilitation facility seeks donations of bingo prizes

Doak Walker House is in need of bingo prizes. Please donate jewelry or small stuffed animals at the front desk at Casey’s Pond.

Applications are available for LIFT-UP scholarship

LIFT-UP of Routt County is now offering applications for the Hope for the Future Scholarship. The following candidates are encouraged to apply:

■ Graduating high school seniors

■ Students enrolled in college, trade, or vocational school

■ Adults interested in increasing their self-sufficiency by enrolling in college, trade or vocational school

Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose family incomes meet the guidelines outlined on the application. Each scholarship awarded will be for a minimum of $1,000. Scholarships are renewable, if a student maintains a 3.0 GPA. PDFs of completed scholarship applications should be emailed to by April 3. Questions can be directed to LIFT-UP office manager Jackie Johnson at 970-870-0727.

Written driver tests now electronic with new system

The deployment of the Colorado Automated Testing System, which allows Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle customers to take written driver tests electronically, was completed Dec. 8.

“Electronic testing will help us continue our work to reduce wait times and improve our customer experience,” DMV Senior Director Mike Dixon said in a news release. “The automated tests offer visual cues and have sound capabilities that improve the testing process.”

When taking a written test for a basic driver, motorcycle or commercial driver’s license, customers will use a touch screen computer station. The customer has the option of reading the test on screen or listening to the test through headphones.

Throughout the test, the customer will be updated on their progress, including the number of questions answered incorrectly and will be informed immediately upon completion if they have passed or failed. Previously, all tests were taken with pencil and paper, and customers had to wait for the tests to be manually scored by a driver license technician.

For more information about automated testing office locations or to make an appointment, visit

Girl Scouts in Steamboat in search of volunteers

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

CPW accepting applications for resident hosts for 2015

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now accepting resident host applications for a variety of locations for the 2015 season.

Resident or campground hosts are volunteers who spend part of their year camping for free in exchange for 20 to 30 hours of service each week. Duties may include greeting campers, offering check-in assistance, performing maintenance, promoting educational programs, leading hatchery walking tours and providing visitor center coverage.

Locations with sites available for 2015 resident/campground hosts include: Arkansas Headwaters, Barr Lake, Boyd Lake, Castlewood Canyon, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Crawford, Dan Noble SWA, Eleven Mile, Reservoir, Golden Gate Canyon, Highline Lake, Jackson Lake, James M. Robb, John Martin, Lathrop/San Luis, Lake Pueblo State Park and Hatchery, Lory, Mancos, Mueller, Navajo, North Sterling, Paonia, Pearl Lake, Ridgway, Rifle Complex, Rifle Falls Hatchery, San Luis, Stagecoach, State Forest, Steamboat/Pearl Lake, Sweitzer, Sylvan Lake, Trinidad Lake, Vega and Yampa River. Create a profile and login to apply online to the Park or Wildlife volunteer database at or, or email to request an application.

For more information about CPW volunteer opportunities, call 303-291-7325 or visit

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