Steamboat briefs: Officials provide update on Yampa Street construction |

Steamboat briefs: Officials provide update on Yampa Street construction

— Beginning today, Yampa Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between 10th and 12th streets, including the 11th Street intersection.

Before this closure takes effect, crews will be completing work from the previous week on 12th Street between Yampa Street and the alley. Utility work in the 10th to 12th street closure area will include the infrastructure necessary to support the undergrounding of electric utilities, as well as some water line and storm sewer work.

An unrelated construction project by Fox Construction is continuing on private property between Ninth and 10th streets.

Signage and wayfinding will continue to be installed during the required closures. For everyone’s safety, the city of Steamboat Springs is asking visitors, employees and residents to respect all closures and use the designated detours and parking areas.

Visitors to Yampa Street are reminded that additional nearby parking is available at the 10th Street lot, as well as at the Howelsen Hill parking lots, with easy access to Yampa Street over the Ninth Street pedestrian bridge.

Construction work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

For construction updates, call the project hotline at 970-870-7052.

Information on the overall project is available on the city’s website at To sign up to receive notice of project updates, go to the website, click on “Notify Me” and select “Downtown Improvement Project updates,” or send an email request to

Seminars at Steamboat to open July 11 with elections talk

On the eve of the Republican and Democrat national conventions, Seminars at Steamboat delves into the November elections with political scientist Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

The free talk starts at 5:30 p.m. July 11 in the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets will be distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

A contributing writer for The Atlantic and National Journal, Ornstein is also co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. His books include the New York Times bestseller, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism,” with Thomas E. Mann, and the 2016 revised edition, “It’s Even Worse Than it Was,” which brings the seminal book up-to-date in a political environment that is more divided than ever. Foreign Policy named Ornstein and Mann together among the 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers “for diagnosing America’s political dysfunction.”

Copies of Ornstein’s book will be available for sale and author signing after his talk. KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of Ornstein’s Seminars talk at 9 p.m. July 18 at 88.5 FM.

Visit for more information.

Wine Festival set to recruit volunteers for annual event

The 12th annual Steamboat Wine Festival is currently recruiting volunteers. This year’s Wine Festival will be raising funds for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports. Benefits of volunteering with the Steamboat Wine Fest include a free ticket to the Grand Tasting or to the Friday Night Stroll and a T-shirt. Online volunteer registration can be completed at Contact Wendy at for more information.

Informational meeting about mountain bike team planned

Anyone interested in learning more about Steamboat Springs’ High School Mountain Bike Team is invited to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. today in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The meeting is open to all.

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