Steamboat briefs: Local student receives DitchFest scholars award |

Steamboat briefs: Local student receives DitchFest scholars award

Phippsburg resident and Soroco High School senior Michelle Ondrejka has been selected as the first DitchFest Innovative Scholars award recipient.

According to Callie Bradley, DitchFest Arts and Music Festival director, Ondrejka’s application was unique because of her commitment to art and music and her plans to apply artistic concepts to the world of engineering and architecture. She is hoping to study civil engineering at either Colorado State University or Montana State University and plans to use her education to design and build structures and other objects that are both beautiful and useful.

“We applaud Michelle’s aspirations, and wholeheartedly agree with her philosophy: art is not just for people perusing it in a gallery — it is for everyone, and we wish her the best in improving the quality of the structural landscape around her, for all observers to enjoy,” Bradley said in a news release.

As the scholarship winner, Ondrejka has also earned a spot to display her work at the DitchFest 2015 art show, which will be held in conjunction with the festival Sept. 12 in Oak Creek’s Decker Park.

Airport runway will close today through June 15

Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s runway will be closed to all air traffic from 10 p.m. today to 7 a.m. June 15. The roughly 60-day closure will include rehabilitation of the runway, shoulder construction, runway lighting system replacement and runway safety area grading.

For more information, visit or email Airport Director Kevin Booth at

School district to hold community meeting

The Steamboat Springs School District will be hosting a facility master plan community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Steamboat Springs High School library, 45 E. Maple St. The meeting will focus on options for the long-term future of the district and will include an interactive period of design and planning with SlaterPaull, district architect. The meeting is open to the community.

Yampa River Botanic Park opens today through Nov. 1

Yampa River Botanic Park will be opening today. Due to an early spring, the snow has melted and the bulbs are up. Park hours are from dawn until dusk every day through Nov. 1.

Museum to close for cleaning, maintenance

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed today, Wednesday and Saturday for cleaning and maintenance. The museum is also scheduled to be closed the week of April 20.

Library to observe Month of the Young Child on April 26

Bud Werner Memorial Library will celebrate the Month of the Young Child at 10:30 a.m. April 26 during its regular Babytime session with a special baby book giveaway. The first 25 babies, ages 0 to 18 months, who attend will receive a free early literacy gift courtesy of Routt County First Impressions and the library.

Food program open to low-income seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly by LIFT-UP of Routt County to area seniors, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LIFT-UP Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.

Civil Air Patrol program accepting applicants

Civil Air Patrol is accepting applications from boys and girls ages 12 to 18 for its cadet program, which centers around aviation, aerospace technology, leadership, fitness and character.

Go to the Steamboat Springs Airport from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday or attend one of the events held the second Tuesday of the month at Heritage Christian School. For more information, call 303-524-5964.

Trees, shrubs available from state forest service

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for more than 40 varieties of low-cost seedling trees and shrubs grown at its Fort Collins nursery, according to a news release. Seedlings ordered now will be distributed statewide next spring.

Coloradans who are interested in conservation goals such as creating natural wind-breaks, improving wildlife habitat or reforesting properties impacted by wildfire or floods are eligible to purchase the low-cost seedlings. According to CSFS Nursery Manager Josh Stolz, Colorado-grown species are adaptable, hardy and ideal for a variety of conservation uses.

“We’re very excited about our inventory options this year,” Stolz said in the news release. “We have new species, more size options and good quantities to accommodate virtually any conservation need.”

Through a cooperative effort with Colorado State University Extension offices and county conservation districts throughout the state, approximately 5,000 Coloradans receive CSFS seedling trees each year.

For more information about the CSFS seedling tree program, contact a local CSFS district office, visit or call the CSFS Nursery at 970-491-8429.

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