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Steamboat briefs: Man, thought to be 70, dies while skiing at ski area

Man, thought to be 70, dies while skiing at ski area

A man died Tuesday while skiing at Steamboat Ski Area, according to a news release issued by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Routt County Coroner’s Office to determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s death is currently underway.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported that the man, who is thought to be approximately 70 years old, was skiing and fell, landing face down in the snow. The witness indicated the man did not collide with any fixed objects and did not hit any other skiers.

The exact location of the incident has not been determined. The Sheriff’s Office received the initial call at 2:59 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing, and the identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family.

Police investigate assault downtown on Yampa Street

The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Tuesday was investigating a report of a man who grabbed a woman from behind and knocked her down on Yampa Street on Monday evening.

Officer John McCartin said a woman reported a man she didn’t know grabbed her sometime after 10 p.m.

The woman told police she was able to escape from the man and call police.

No suspects had been named by Tuesday afternoon, and a description of the man wasn’t immediately available.

Mickey’s Fund collects toys for drive through Friday

Moose Barrows is again collecting toys for Mickey’s Fund to distribute to patients at Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Local residents can donate toys at the downtown Wells Fargo Bank, 320 S. Lincoln Ave., and at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, 610 Marketplace Plaza. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at both locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday, Dec. 18.

On Monday, Dec. 21, Barrows will deliver the presents to the children and families who will be spending the holidays at the hospital.

Mickey’s Fund is an endowment established in 1985 in the memory of Moose’s son, Mickey, who had several visits to Children’s Hospital in Denver before his death at age 3. Through the fund, a Christmas experience is provided to more than 2,000 hospital patients annually.

Volunteer bird count event set for 8 a.m. Saturday

Volunteers will flock to the Steamboat Today office, 1901 Curve Plaza, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and then travel to several nearby defined count zones to look for birds. Each zone will have an experienced birder as a leader, and anyone interested in learning more about winter birds in the Steamboat Springs area is invited to participate in this free and fun event.

It’s also possible to participate in the count by being a feeder watcher. To obtain guidelines for reporting birds seen at your bird feeder Saturday, Dec. 19, email count organizers at Yampatika is organizing a group on skis that will count birds at Steamboat Ski Area. To join the skiing group, call Yampatika at 970-871-9151 (ski pass not included).

Organized by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and Yampatika, Steamboat Springs’ seventh official Christmas Bird count will be one of about 50 similar counts in Colorado. All are part of the 116th Audubon Citizen Science project, which will incorporate about 2,300 counts with more than 70,000 participants in the Americas and Pacific Islands.

The data collected by observers during the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space during the past hundred years.

Education Fund Grant Commission to meet Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Grant Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the Human Services Center boardroom. The meeting agenda is available at

Free candle-lit yoga nidra relaxation slated for Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library will presents a free yoga nidra session for December’s community yoga practice, focusing on Shiva Rea’s “Drops of Nectar” CD. This practice by candle light will honor the impending winter solstice and the holiday season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Library Hall.

The 45-minute yogic relaxation session includes a tension-release practice using a tennis ball along with the yoga nidra meditation. Participants are asked to bring their own mat, blanket and a tennis ball.

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CMC spring registration open; Classes begin Jan. 18

Registration for Colorado Mountain College’s spring semester has started. Classes begin Jan. 18 and throughout the semester.

To sign up for credit classes, new students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past three semesters need to first apply to Colorado Mountain College online or in person at one of the college’s 11 locations. After they have applied, they can register for classes.

Students only taking continuing education (non-credit) classes or those students who have taken a credit class within the past three semesters do not need to apply to CMC. These students may register for classes online or in person, by phone, fax or email at

Spring class schedules were mailed throughout CMC’s district the last week of November. Printed copies are available at campuses, and flipbooks are online at Click on your campus and go to the “Class Schedule” link.

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