Steamboat briefs: Newspaper to host forum on pot-growing operations |

Steamboat briefs: Newspaper to host forum on pot-growing operations

Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting a forum to discuss the positives and negatives of allowing marijuana-growing operations in Hayden.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden. Anyone interested in submitting questions for the forum should email Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman at

The forum is aimed at educating residents about the issue, which will be decided in a Jan. 26 special election. Voters will be asked whether to repeal an ordinance passed Aug. 6 by the Hayden Town Council, 6-1, which allows marijuana-growing operations in the city.

Library now promotes Hour of Code global movement

Bud Werner Memorial Library is promoting the Hour of Code, a global movement with more than 100 million learners, celebrated during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 6 through Dec. 13. 

Starting Dec. 6, kids can pick up an Hour of Code incentive map and a pack of stickers from the library’s Kids’ Desk. Kids as young as 5 years old can participate with the help of a parent or teacher. To sign up for Hour of Code visit Try the tutorials listed on the inside of the map or any available on the site, and place a sticker on the white circle for each completed hour of code.

Kids receive a prize for finishing three tutorials. Maps can be turned into the Kids Desk. The last day for prizes is Sunday, Dec 13.

Visit for more information.

Annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction set for Dec. 6

The annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction is set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

The auction will feature decorated wreaths, trees and centerpieces — all created by local youth groups and service organizations, including the Girl Scouts, various school groups, 4-H Groups, Love INC. and the Routt County Cattlewomen.

One hundred percent of the sale proceeds go to the youth and service organizations.

Call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782 for more information.

Individuals or businesses unable to attend can arrange to make absentee bids.

Ski Patrol celebrates 75 years with museum exhibit

“Ski Patrol in Steamboat Springs: Celebrating 75 Years” will open in the Ski Town USA exhibit Tuesday, Dec. 8 and run through June. Tread of Pioneers Museum staff worked with local historians and Ski Patrol members to create the tribute display. The display will include Ski Patrol history and feature long-time members and special stories, as well as displays of patrol gear and artifacts. The museum will host a special exhibit reception for current and retired ski patrol members in early 2016.

Local Rotary Club sponsors public Holiday Tubing Party

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will present a Holiday Tubing Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13, at Howelsen Hill.

The event is open to the public.

Steamboat Springs’ 36th annual Yule Log Hunt begins

The 36th annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, begins Monday, Dec. 7.

The 2015 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: the Museum’s Stagecoach display at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Museum staff have carefully crafted 10 clues to guide yule log hunters toward this year’s new hiding place. Beginning Monday, Dec. 7, a new clue will air on local radio stations and be printed in Steamboat Today every weekday.

Unless the log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released by the media on Friday, Dec. 18.

The Yule Log Hunt has been a traditional holiday event in this community for more than 36 years. Families, school classes and more participate each year to solve the history-based riddles and find the log.

The three-foot long, 25-pound log is hidden within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. It is distinctively marked with the words “Yule Log” in red letters and at least a portion of it will be visible from its hiding place. The log will not be on private property, inside buildings or in areas that charge fees to enter.

Looking for a museum tip to finding the log?

“I think it’s important to remember that each clue describes a specific place along the journey towards the log — not the actual hiding spot itself. So we encourage people to have fun, solve all of the riddles and hunt to the end,” said Museum Curator Katie Adams.

When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 970-879-2214 and ask for Candice or Katie so others on the hunt do not keep searching for a log that has been removed.

The log must be physically presented to museum staff before the winner can claim the $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate (donated by the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association) and historical photograph from the museum’s collection.

The lucky individual who solves the riddles and finds the log will sign his or her name on the log and become a legendary member of the Yule Log Winner’s circle. Join the fun, solve the riddles and find the log for extra spending cash for the holidays.

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