Steamboat briefs: Part of Lincoln Avenue closed from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday |

Steamboat briefs: Part of Lincoln Avenue closed from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday for the Fourth of July parade. The parade will start at 10 a.m. After the parade, a Pioneer Day Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 800 Oak St. The event will include free museum admission, a community concert, hot dogs and children’s games. Routt beer floats will be available for $3.

Drunken driving crackdown continues through weekend

Ninety-six law enforcement agencies and Colorado State Patrol troopers across the state are firing up plans for sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols during the Fourth of July holiday, according to a news release.

The crackdown runs through 3 a.m. Monday. The effort is part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Heat is On campaign, which pairs heightened enforcement with public education.

In 2012, 14 Colorado residents were killed in the month of July because of alcohol-related automobile crashes. And during last year’s Fourth of July heightened enforcement period, 632 Colorado residents were arrested for impaired driving, according to the release.

Howelsen Hill trails closed Thursday for fireworks show

All trails at Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday for the fireworks show, according to a news release. Other trails on Emerald Mountain will be accessible from Blackmer Drive and the Bluffs Trails before closing from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information, call Howelsen Facilities Supervisor Craig Robinson at 970-879-4300, ext. 334.

Steamboat Ski Area nixes Thursday’s Sponsorship Day

Steamboat Ski Area canceled Thursday’s Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day because of inclement weather.

Ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said that because of the weather, they made the decision to cancel.

Kasten said there aren’t any current plans to reschedule the event, but the ski area planned to allow Routt County Riders members the $15 specialty tickets for one day that they can use this season.

She also said the ski area is looking into making a donation to the Routt County Riders trail maintenance group.

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