Steamboat briefs: Optimist Club of Steamboat selects Teens of the Month |

Steamboat briefs: Optimist Club of Steamboat selects Teens of the Month

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs honored Steamboat Springs High School seniors McKenyon King as March Teen of the Month and Isabel Feldmann as Teen of the Month for April.

McKenyon is active in school and community activities. He’s a member of the track and field team and served as captain of the basketball team. He also is a member of the Link Crew and Student Council. Outside of sports and school, McKenyon enjoys golfing, fishing, skiing and running. He also serves as a High Altitude Basketball coach and referee.

McKenyon plans to graduate from a four-year college and pursue a career in either firefighting or education.

Feldmann has a 4.1 grade point average and is active in speech and debate, karate, swing dance, National Honor Society and FBLA. She is also a member of the Sailors cross country and track and field teams and the drama troupe.

Active in the community, Feldmann has volunteered at LiftUp of Routt County and Boys and Girls Club. She also loves to travel, having visited 14 countries already. Next year, Feldmann will attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa with plans to study business.

Evening of free gardening advice slated at library Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Routt County CSU Master Gardeners present “Gardening 101/201: An Evening with the Master Gardeners,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. With the onset of gardening season in the Yampa Vallley, this is a night of expert gardening advice to help gardeners plan and maximize their summer gardens.

Learn about the best use of the short growing season, whether your garden space is small or large, during 2.5 hours of hands-on demonstrations. During this open house gardening event, the community is invited to get their hands in the dirt and talk one-on-one with local gardening experts.

Demonstrations will include an introduction to gardening in Routt County, common pests and weeds, seed selection, transplanting, soil information, container gardens, season extension, water-wise gardening and more. Routt County CSU Extension’s soil sample kits will be available for purchase on site as well. This is a free event and no registration required.

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YVSC seeks business sponsors for sustainable events

Large public events often generate significant waste. Since 2010, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has been reducing the environmental footprint of local community events by engaging residents and visitors in protecting the natural resources of the Yampa Valley.

YVSC works with event organizers and vendors on environmentally preferred purchasing, and the organization’s Zero Hero volunteers help event attendees sort their waste to ensure everything that can be recycled ends up in the right bin.

YVSC is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Sustainable Events program starting at the $500 level. The deadline for sponsorship commitments is June 1. A sponsorship packet and information about the program is available at

25th annual Literary Sojourn tickets go on sale in June

The 25th annual Literary Sojourn Festival of Authors will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Strings Music Pavilion. The nonprofit literary festival is presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and features Amor Towles, Paulette Jiles, Eowyn Ivey, Nadia Hashimi and Robert Olen Butler, along with the return of 2010 featured Sojourn author Chris Cleave as master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $75 each. Quantities are limited. Early tickets for donors go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6. General public tickets for Literary Sojourn will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13. All tickets are for reserved seating, and seats must be selected at the time of ticket purchase.

Tickets are available online only at Visit for more details about the festival, the authors and their complete reading lists.

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