Steamboat briefs: Pot series will be topic of Coffee and a Newspaper |

Steamboat briefs: Pot series will be topic of Coffee and a Newspaper

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. The topic of this month’s event will be a discussion of the Pilot & Today’s five-part series on the first year of legalized recreational marijuana. Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Reporter Matt Stensland will attend to guide the discussion and answer questions. A new format for Coffee and a Newspaper also will be introduced at this month’s event, which is open to the community. Free coffee and pastries will be served.

Steamboat Rotary Club offers grants to nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will receive grant requests for its next grant cycle through April 15. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations in Routt County.  The focus of grant activity are youth and senior programs. Grants will be awarded around May 15. The grant application and grant information can be found at Click on the “Community Grant Application” on the right side of the home page. Contact Karl Gills at 970-846-4326 with questions.

Steamboat Springs steps up enforcement of leash laws

The city of Steamboat Springs’ Parks and Community Services is increasing enforcement of dog leash laws, according to a news release.

In Steamboat Springs, a six-foot handheld leash is required in all public spaces in order to keep dogs from injuring others and to keep them from disturbing or harming wildlife. Rita Valentine Park and Spring Creek Park are the only off-leash zones in town. These two parks have specific regulations that must be advised while using the spaces.

Dogs must always be under voice and sight control. Owners are legally responsible and liable for their dog and any injury or property damage to others. All dogs must have current vaccinations and have a current city license displayed on the collar at all times.

Steamboat Springs will begin enforcing leash laws on Emerald Mountain Trails as well as other trails and parks in the city. All dogs are required to be on a leash when off the premises of the owner/keeper or not in a designated off-leash zone. There is a minimum $50 fine for failing to abide this regulation.

It is essential for all users to remember proper trail etiquette while recreating in these areas. For instance, one should always keep their dog in close range in order to ensure full control of the animal in any given situation. All owners are responsible for cleaning up their dog’s waste and failure to do so could result in a fine.

Newspaper seeks members for its editorial board

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper’s Editorial Board. Those representatives will be asked to serve a four-month term beginning in March.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and three members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board are Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and veteran reporter Tom Ross. The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper. The Editorial Board meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should email a letter to Schlichtman at or send it to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Schlichtman at 970-871-4221 with questions.

Seminars at Steamboat hosts first winter program

Seminars at Steamboat will present its first-ever winter program from 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 28 at the Academic Center on Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. It will feature Latin American specialist Diana Negroponte from the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Following her presentation on “Challenges in Mexico and Central America: How Should the U.S. Respond,” there will be small-group workshops where participants will discuss related issues. The free event is offered in cooperation with Colorado Mountain College. Register at by clicking on the “2015 Event” tab or email   

Craig-Scheckman namded Rotary Student of the Month

Maddie Craig-Scheckman has been named the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs’ Student of the Month for February. The Steamboat Mountain School junior is a multi-talented, resilient, and well-rounded young woman with joyous spirit and a captivating smile, according to her nomination letter.

Academically, Maddie has been the only student at Steamboat Mountain School enrolled in six full academic courses. Her forte is languages, and she currently excels in Advanced Placement Spanish 5 and in Chinese 3. She is a member of National Honor Society, and since her freshman year, she has never missed making the honors list, the highest level of academic recognition at the school.

Maddie is also an athlete. She just completed her seventh season playing youth hockey as a forward wing. She also has organized and competed with the Steamboat Mountain School’s pentathlon teams for the past three years, and she’s an accomplished skier and backpacker.

In addition to her academic and athletic pursuits, Maddie is also an accomplished artist, playing the violin from age 5 and pursuing painting as a student of local artist Richard Galusha. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures.

Raised in the the Craig-Scheckman family that founded the Youth Advocacy Project for Routt County, Maddie has a deep understanding of the value of community service, both locally and globally. Last summer she volunteered with Yampa Valley Autism Program’s Community Cultivation Program, working directly with special needs youth. She is also a member of Teen Council of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and has volunteered with LIFT-UP of Routt County. Maddie is currently helping with the National Honor Society’s upcoming talent show and bake sales in support of STARS.

In Ecuador, Maddie worked with Pedal for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to live simply, consume locally and strengthen community. In India, Maddie volunteered at a children’s school and at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage. This summer she will intern with Integrated Community providing resources and services to immigrant families.

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