Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts about 6,900 visitors Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts about 6,900 visitors Saturday

About 6,900 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday for the closing weekend of the ski season, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 43 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 73 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 52 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 32 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 4,800 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.

School district’s proposed budget presented Thursday

The Steamboat Springs School District will present proposed 2015-16 budget numbers at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs High School commons. Everyone is invited to attend. 

First-time home buyer seminar is 5:30 p.m. Thursday

A first-time home buyer seminar will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Office, 625 S. Lincoln Ave. Martin Dragnev of Colorado Group Realty and Kathryn Pedersen of Fidelity Mortgage will conduct the seminar, which is free and open to the public. Topics to be discussed include how to pre-qualify for a loan, what the differences are between loan programs and how to submit an offer. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to

NW BOCES receives $65K for an i3 SEED project

The Gates Family Foundation has awarded Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services $65,000 throughout three years to support development and implementation of a System for Educator Effectiveness Development.

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation, or i3, grant and requires a 15 percent private sector match. For the NW BOCES’s $2.9 million grant, the required match is approximately $440,000.

“As part of our commitment to rural Colorado and K-12 education, the Gates Family Foundation is very excited to support the NW BOCES SEED project,” said Mary Seawell, senior program officer for the Gates Family Foundation, a Colorado-based group whose mission is to invest in projects that enhance the quality of life for those living in, working in and visiting the state.

The SEED project will leverage technology to create an innovative way for teachers in the rural school districts of northwest Colorado to engage in meaningful professional development. SEED will use a combination of online and face-to-face opportunities that are designed to support goals teachers have identified with their principals during the teacher evaluation process.

NW BOCES expects this approach to have a positive impact on teacher practice and thus student achievement.  

“We are thrilled that the Gates Family Foundation saw the potential of this project to bring a unique opportunity for professional development to the teachers and communities in northwest Colorado,” said NW BOCES Executive Director Amy Bollinger.

With this commitment from the Gates Family Foundation along with previous commitments from the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board and RANDA, Inc., NW BOCES has raised $284,000 of the required match and is seeking additional pledges totaling $156,000 to meet a July 1 deadline.

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