Steamboat briefs: Penny Fletcher honored as local Realtor of the Year |

Steamboat briefs: Penny Fletcher honored as local Realtor of the Year

Penny Fletcher, of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, was honored with the Realtor of the Year award at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors annual event Sept. 9.

Consideration for this recognition is based on the Realtor’s involvement at both the local and state levels of the Colorado Association of Realtors and requires a high-level of commitment, ethics and principles, as demonstrated through their work.

“The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors are very educated, informed and professional brokers,” Fletcher said in a news release. “Since starting in real estate in 1997, I am increasingly proud to be a part of this group and this profession. Having served our membership as a director and the chair, and having been on the board of directors for eight years, I am truly humbled and honored by this recognition.”

Out of the thousands of Realtors in Colorado, only 32 were chosen for this award.

“Penny has gone above and beyond the call of duty,” said Jill Limberg, managing broker for Steamboat Sotheby’s. “She has worked tirelessly on behalf of her fellow Realtors in leading our local board through the day-to-day decisions that have to be made in order to make sure that we are delivering the highest level of service to the public, and contributing significantly to our community. She truly deserves these accolades.”

Fletcher is based out of the downtown Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty office, 56 Ninth St.

City releases closure update for Emerald Mountain trails

The city of Steamboat Springs is collaborating with the Colorado State Forest Service to implement a Hazard Tree Mitigation Project on Emerald Mountain.

Work began in July and is expected to last through mid-October 2016. This project will complete the planned tree removal operations of beetle kill trees that began in 2010.

The city will be working with Routt County Riders and executing planned volunteer work days to get trails reopened as quickly as possible. Additionally, there will be opportunities to re-route unsustainable sections of trails (Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven, Abby’s) during this process.

The trail closures, which may change depending on weather conditions and ground challenges, include the following.

ν Aug. 1 to Oct. 15: Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez

ν Sept. 6 to 30: Upper Morning Gloria

Tentatively, there will be one full day closure of the majority of the Emerald Mountain Trail System on Sept. 22 to 23 while helicopter logging and tree removal is in progress. Final dates will be confirmed and communicated the week of Sept. 19.

Access to the backside of the mountain remains open via Lower No Mo’ Bluez to Wild Rose and Lane of Pain. Beall and Ridge Trails will not be affected by this project and will remain open.

Races such as Run Rabbit Run will occur as scheduled.

Tread of Pioneers seeks nominations for area awards

Every year, the Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee associated with the Tread of Pioneers Museum presents two awards that honor people who have enriched the quality of life in Routt County.

These residents have served our public institutions, preserved our local history, or contributed significantly to the county’s heritage. Since 1980, the Leckenby Pioneer Award has been given to a living person in Routt County, and since 1982, the Stanley L. Larson Award has been given posthumously.

Nominees of the Leckenby Pioneer Award should exhibit the following traits.

• Have lived a total of 30 years in the county. The nominee does not have to be living here now.

• Be involved with the community, responsive to community needs (past and present) and serve as a representative of the history of the community.

• Demonstrate personal integrity.

• Be inspirational to youth.

The qualifications for the Stanley L. Larson Award are:

• The nominee must have lived in Routt County and must now be deceased.

• The nominee must have made a major contribution to Routt County.

A short summary of the nominee would be very helpful in the committee’s decision making. Nominations can be emailed to Contact information should be included with the nomination, and nominations should be submitted by today.

Hard-to-recycle materials to be accepted Oct. 1

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host its comprehensive Community Recycling Drop-Off from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the Meadows Parking Lot. The event has become a fall ritual for residents to clean out their garages before winter arrives.

At this annual one-stop-drop event, residents can responsibly recycle electronics, household hazardous waste, appliances, skis, books, yard waste and much more. This year, mattresses will be accepted for recycling, not the landfill.

While many items are accepted for free, there are fees for some materials. A full list of items accepted and prices can be found at All fees are cash and check only.

The event is for residential recycling only. No commercial drop-offs will be accepted.

Variety of crisis support lines available to residents

A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours a day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support.

They include the following.

• Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182

• Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888

• Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-207-4004

• Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

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