Steamboat briefs: Mustang Roundup street closures for Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Mustang Roundup street closures for Saturday

Street closures have been announced for the upcoming Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup's Show and Shine event Saturday, June 17. The following streets will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Lincoln Avenue: eastbound and westbound lanes, Lincoln at Fifth Street to Lincoln at 11th Street

 Seventh and Eighth streets from Lincoln Avenue to the alley on the Oak Street side.

 Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets from Lincoln Avenue to the alley on the Yampa side.

In addition, Seventh Street from Lincoln Avenue to Yampa Street will also be closed due to the Main Street Farmers Market.

As in past years, the city's special event officers will be assisting during each event with traffic detours. "No Overnight Parking" signs will be posted the day before the street closures.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for 2A trail on Buff Pass planned

The U.S. Forest Service, the city of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on noon Friday, June 23 to officially open and unveil the name of the newest trail on Buffalo Pass.

The special event will take place at the start of the new trail, which was constructed in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs Accommodation Tax. Participants are asked to meet in the Dry Lake Trailhead parking lot and the group will walk to the trail for the ceremony.

The Forest Service along with the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation conducted a contest to name the new trail. Nominations were submitted and four finalists were selected, including Spring Creek Highland, Painter's Pathway, Flash of Gold and SunDog. One of these entries will officially be announced as the new trail name during the ribbon cutting.

The soon-to-be-named trail, which was completed in fall 2016, is an intermediate level multidirectional trail with great views. It is approximately 5 miles long and features both uphill and downhill traffic. Originating near the Dry Lake campground, it allows users to bypass the Buffalo Pass Road.

Lodging barometer predicts 10.7K visitors to be in town

About 10,700 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 68-percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 87-percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 54-percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 4,600 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.

Free fishing derby, pancake breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host their 35th annual free fishing derby and pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. today at Fetcher Pond behind Walgreens. The pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m., and the fishing derby will begin at 9 a.m. Derby judging will be at 10:30 a.m. No fishing license required.

Children of all ages and their families are welcome, and there will be fun, food and prizes for all. Derby participants receive a free T-shirt, free fishing pole and bait if needed. There will be prizes for the first fish, biggest fish and most fish caught. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be on hand to measure and record the fish.

For more information, call Tim Boehm at 970-846-7873 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

BLM accepts public comment to streamline projects

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comment on a plan to streamline the approval process for habitat improvement projects to benefit wildlife and grazing in northwestern Colorado.

As part of its multiple-use mission, the BLM manages the land that wildlife and livestock depend upon. The Northwest District is taking a broad look at possible projects in sagebrush and pinyon-juniper habitats on BLM-administered lands in Northwest Colorado.

"We are planning a number of projects to restore sagebrush habitat throughout northwestern Colorado in the coming years," said Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta in a news release. "Rather than do a number of separate, redundant EAs, we can do one larger, programmatic assessment that would streamline the approval for most projects."

The programmatic EA analyzes techniques to improve sagebrush habitat and battle encroaching pinyon-juniper, including hand-thinning, mechanical treatments such as mowing or roller-chopping, prescribed fire, seeding and erosion control. 

These treatments stimulate plant growth that increases forage for a variety of wildlife, including deer and elk, as well as livestock. Sagebrush-dependent wildlife species such as greater sage grouse would also benefit.

Comments should be submitted by July 9. Information about the proposal and how to comment are available online at