Steamboat briefs: More than 12K visitors are expected in town Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: More than 12K visitors are expected in town Saturday

About 12,127 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

That is less than what has been projected for most of the year so far, including Presidents Day weekend which had 16,030 pillows being slept on by visitors. That equated to 98 percent capacity at area lodging.

Saturday’s figure represents 74 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 82 percent capacity and condos are expected to be 66 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 9,383 on 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.

Lowell Whiteman School hosts SAP Supper Feb. 28

The Lowell Whiteman School will be kick-starting a new educational food program and is celebrating by hosting a three-course dinner paired with wines at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.

The event is part of the school’s Sustainable Agriculture Program, which promotes environmentally friendly practices, according to a news release. The program addresses issues including composting, animal husbandry and small agricultural farming. It also promotes an educational experience through the incorporation of physical activity and critical thinking.

The SAP Supper is $100 per person. RSVP to Andy Ziegler at 608-334-3690 or

Museum hosting talk about Margaret Duncan Brown

The Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs, 800 Oak St., will host a free presentation, “Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley” at noon and 5:30 p.m. Friday. Brown’s descendant Mary Walker will discuss the life and diaries of her tenacious relative who ranched alone for 47 years in the Elk River Valley beginning in 1918. Brown’s diaries are the foundation of the book, “Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley.” For more information, call 970-879-2214 or visit

Thomas Lyon is named to fall 2013 dean’s list

Thomas Lyon, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Lyon studies mechanical engineering at the college.

The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0.

CMC hosting seminar on collection practices Feb. 27

Colorado Mountain College will be hosting the seminar “Accounts Receivable Management and Effective Collection Practices” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Room 127 of the Academic Center.

Topics that will be covered in the program include:

■ Credit applications and pre-qualification of client risk;

■ The cost of out-of-control receivables to your business;

■ Early steps that offer friendly encouragement for prompt payment; and

■ Steps to take to accelerate the collection process (legal, collection agencies and small claims court)

The seminar will be led by Randy Rudasics, the manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center and a SCORE business counselor. It costs $15, which includes light snacks and coffee. To register, call 970-870-4491.

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