Steamboat briefs: Morningside opens Friday; First Tracks starts Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Morningside opens Friday; First Tracks starts Saturday

Brittany Long

The nearly 4 feet of snow that has fallen at the summit of Steamboat Ski Area during the past week is helping to open new terrain before the holidays.

Morningside lift will open Friday, and First Tracks begins Saturday. Pioneer Ridge is open with hike-to access before Pony Express starts turning Sunday. Pony Express will be the last major lift to open. Lifts that remain closed include Christie III, Priest Creek and Rough Rider.

Steamboat Ski Patrol is conducting avalanche-control work in the remaining closed terrain, including the chutes, Christmas Tree Bowl, No Names, North St. Pat's and East Face, according to a news release.

Registration under way at CMC; classes start Jan. 14

Registration for the spring semester at Colorado Mountain College is under way, and classes start Jan. 14. 

A course schedule and registration is available at or at the campus, 1275 Crawford Ave.

For more information, call 970-870-4444. The college will be closed for winter break from Saturday to Jan. 1.

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Brittany Long accepted to Bastyr doctorate program

Brittany Long, a 2009 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was accepted at Bastyr University in Washington to obtain a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. Long is finishing her last year of undergraduate studies at Portland State University and runs for the university's cross-country as well as indoor and outdoor track teams. She also made the dean's list again this term.

Barrows lift at Howelsen will open this weekend

The Barrows chairlift at Howelsen Hill Ski Area will open this weekend and will continue to run Saturdays and Sundays through March 18, according to a news release.

During the holidays, the ski area will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. The ski area will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Season pass prices will increase Jan. 1 to $185 for adults, $120 for full-time college students, $90 for seniors and youths, $40 for children and $420 for a family.

For more information, call 970-879-4300 or visit

2012 sustainability award winners' names announced

■ Yampa Valley Sustainability Council award winners

Lifetime achievement: Liz Wahl, director of food and beverage at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., for establishing and continuing to maintain her dedication and commitment to the Zero Waste Initiative.

Sustainable business: PureBuilt Inc. and Brad Bartels for establishing a business model based on principles of moderation, efficiency and durability and his effort to support the green building movement in the valley. 

Sustainable educator: Jeff Troeger for being the driving force behind creating a four-year bachelor's degree in sustainability at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

Sustainable government official: Mike Zopf, Routt County Environmental Health manager, for his dedication to the quality of air and water in the Yampa Valley.

■ Yampa Valley Recycles recycling heroes

Lifetime achievement: Craig Schifter

Project: Leadership Steamboat and Garrett Smith

Business: Lightworks of Steamboat

■ Zero Waste Committee Zero Heroes

Free concert hero: Ron McMorris

Zero Waste Coordinator of the Year: Chris Jiggens

Junior heroes: Macy Reisman, Lowen and Rose Epstein

BOCES receives $1.05M for literacy initiatives

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services was awarded $1,053,710 through the Colorado Department of Education Increasing Achievement and Growth Grant, according to a news release.

The money will be used to support literacy initiatives in the seven school districts BOCES serves — including East Grand, Hayden, Moffat County, North Park, South Routt, Steamboat Springs and West Grand — as well as literacy professional development opportunities, home literacy initiatives and technology to support literacy instruction, according to the release.

The Colorado Department of Education selected BOCES to receive the grant because of its strong collaboration among districts, the release stated.

BOCES will hire a literacy grant coordinator to facilitate grant activities, and at least one representative from each district will serve on a Regional Literacy Committee.

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