Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 12,000 visitors |

Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 12,000 visitors

About 12,700 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Thursday.

The figure represents 80 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 87 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 73 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 6,300 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.

Registration price for Tour de Steamboat increases July 1

The Tour de Steamboat on July 22 is a non-competitive cycling event offering routes of 26, 46, 66 and 116 miles throughout scenic Routt County. The ride is capped at 1,000 participants, and riders who sign up by June 30 will save $15 off full price registration.

The Tour de Steamboat welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. After the ride, participants enjoy a barbecue and beer garden with local microbrews at Little Toots Park. All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat benefit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Routt County Riders and Partners in Routt County.

Interested riders can learn more and register online at

Tread offers ghost mine driving tour to Oak Creek

Tread of Pioneers Museum will host a “Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek” with historian Jim Stanko from 9 a.m. to noon June 30. Participants will ride the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s bus along Colorado Highway 131 and learn about the coal mining history of Routt County. Once in Oak Creek, a guided tour of Tracks and Trails Museum will be offered. The cost of the tour is $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members and $15 for kids younger than 12. Reservation and pre-payment is required by today and can be sent to

Petis Law foundation gives five grants to nonprofits

The Petis Law Community Impact Foundation has awarded $5,000 in grants to five organizations during its second grant-giving cycle. 

The grants, which were $1,000 each, were given to Grand Futures, the Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens, LiftUp of Routt County, Northwest Colorado Health, and the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg.

All five organizations’ missions align with the mission of Petis Law, which is to leave the community in a better place than they found it by contributing to agencies that protect and support the well-being of those injured by others, who promote the sustainable enrichment of the housing market, and who encourage social equity and economic growth within local businesses and nonprofits.

The foundation board invites all interested organizations to apply for the next grant cycle this fall.

The money for the grants comes to the foundation mostly from the earnings of Petis Law, LLC. A portion is also generated by the fundraising efforts of the foundation itself, which will host its annual pig roast Saturday, July 29. The pig roast will commence after a “Day of Community Impact” Scavenger Hunt.

Contact Lisel Petis at for more information.

Student named to Dean’s List at Colby College

Andrew J. Williamson of Steamboat Springs was named to the Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2016-17 year. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.77 or higher. Williamson attended Steamboat Springs High School and the son of Charles and Mary Williamson.

Library documentary offers new perspective on Syria

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new documentary “The War Show,” a film by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 in Library Hall.

A Syrian radio DJ documents the experiences of herself and her friends as their dreams of hope and liberation in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring give way to the grim realities of repression, forced emigration and extremism. Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her friends are caught up in the euphoria of the 2011 Arab Spring.

Camera in hand, these artists and activists take to the streets to protest Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and record their experiences. They talk about art and relationships as much as politics. But as they film themselves over the next several years, their hopes for a better future are tested by violence, imprisonment and death.

Zytoon and friends have worked with veteran Danish director Dalsgaard to shape, narrate and edit years of footage into a deeply moving personal narrative. Rather than dwelling on scenes of bloodshed, it focuses on what the revolution meant to everyday people.

Zytoon takes road trips to the center of rebellion in Homs, to her hometown Zabadani, near Lebanon, and to the north of Syria, where they meet struggling rebels and witness the rise of extremism.

This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit for more information.

FSA County Committee nomination period is open

Routt, Jackson, Grand and Summit counties’ USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Valeen Jacobs has announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees is now open.

“County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” Jacobs said in a news release.

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA-administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 1-2, which is the area of North Routt County.

Farmers and livestock producers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Routt-Jackson-Grand-Summit County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions about FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees consist of three to 11 members.

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 6. Visit for more information about county committees.

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