Steamboat briefs: Paper to host forum on marijuana grow operations |

Steamboat briefs: Paper to host forum on marijuana grow operations

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

The forum will be held 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 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.

Groups partner to collect for Holiday Gift Exchange

Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network and Routt County United Way volunteers are teaming up with the Steamboat Springs Fire Department to collect gifts and necessities for the Routt County United Way Holiday Gift Exchange benefitting those in need this holiday season. The group is seeking new winter apparel, including coats, gloves and socks, toys and $25 grocery gift cards.

Volunteers will be manning gift collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 at Walmart and Sports Authority in Marketplace Plaza at which participants can drop off contributions and learn about additional items currently needed.

The groups are also inviting local merchants to participate by donating items from their inventories.

For more information, visit

Heritage Christian slated to present Christmas Alive

Heritage Christian School is bringing Christmas Alive to town. Students will sing Christmas carols from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today in downtown Steamboat Springs. The group will be serving hot apple cider outside of Overland. Call 970-879-1760 for more information.

VNA will host Celebration of Light at 5 p.m. today

Individuals and families who have lost loved ones are invited to the Celebration of Light, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Each individual will decorate an ornament in memory of their loved one and place it on a community tree. A small, candlelight service will follow. Ornaments, supplies and refreshments will be provided. Ornament can be taken home after the holidays. Call JoAnne Grace at 970-871-7629 for more information. Celebration of Light is hosted by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Steamboat Art Museum welcomes Chmiel exhibit

“Len Chmiel: A Retrospective” is opening today at the Steamboat Art Museum and will continue through April 9, featuring 50 years of oil painter Chmiel’s work. Southwest Art Magazine said that Chmiel “enjoys the reputation as one of today’s most successful and widely admired landscape painters.”

A “Night at the Museum” dinner honoring Chmiel will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the museum. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling the museum at 970-870-1755 or online at steam Tickets can also be purchased in person from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Museum Store and the Wild Horse Gallery.

In addition, an opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today during First Friday Artwalk, and an artist’s presentation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the museum. Tickets for the presentation are $20.

Yampatika winter volunteer training scheduled for today

Yampatika is recruiting volunteers to help with winter programs, including weekly ski and snowshoe tours. Volunteers support Yampatika naturalists leading education programs and are vital to keeping the tour group together and assisting participants as needed.

Time commitment spans from one tour per month to one tour per week.

Yampatika’s winter volunteer training is today. Naturalist Karen Vail is leading a winter ecology snowshoe tour in the morning. During lunch, the group will have a short presentation about preventing cold weather injuries. Participants will then ski with a naturalist on Mount Werner in the afternoon, followed by a social event at the base area.

To learn more and sign up, call Kellie Gorman, program director at 970-871-9151 or email

Teen council to host movie night at Wildhorse Cinema

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council is hosting a high school movie night today at Wildhorse Cinema.

High School students can purchase discounted movie tickets for $6 with student identification during their lunch break at Steamboat Springs High School or between 6:30 and 7 p.m. today at the Wildhorse Cinema box office.

Movies include “The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Part 2,” “Creed,” “Spectre” and “Secret In Their Eyes.”

Scholarship Day has raised $990,000 in 25 years

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.’s traditional Scholarship Day on Nov. 25 netted $64,000 for the scholarship fund of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The total was down from 2014’s record $84,890, but still ranked fifth on the all-time list.

With top-to-bottom skiing on Scholarship Day this year, all the proceeds from lift tickets went to the club, which has produced dozens of Olympic skiers but stresses competitive skiing and snowboarding programs for youth of all ages and abilities. At the same time, it teaches character traits such as self-reliance and goal-setting.

“Programs like Steamboat’s Scholarship Day are few and far between in the industry,” Jim Boyne, executive director of SSWSC, was quoted as saying in a news release. “We’re thankful and proud that the Steamboat Ski Resort, together with tremendous support from the community, contribute so much to our Routt County youths and help in achieving their dreams on and off the snow.”

Over a quarter century, Scholarship Day has raised more than $990,000 for the club.

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