Steamboat briefs: Private golf course to be on agenda for commission

The Routt County Board of County Commissioners is set to consider two permits — a waterbody setback and a special use permit — associated with a planned private golf course at Windwalker Ranch. The golf course is set to include a suspension bridge over the Yampa River.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

Judicial district set to host marijuana symposium

The 14th Judicial District Senate Bill 94 Program will host a marijuana symposium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The keynote speaker will be Sean LeNoue, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow and chief resident at Denver Health Medical Center.

The symposium will cover the following topics:

■ The effects of marijuana on the body

■ The use and abuse of marijuana

■ Signs your teen may be using marijuana

■ Treatment for marijuana use.

Parents and students are invited to attend.

For more information, call Kelly Friesen at 970-725-3055.

Participate in gardening workshops during summer

Four gardening workshops for third- through fifth-graders will be offered this summer at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The workshops, taught by CSU Master Gardeners, are sponsored by Routt County CSU Master Gardeners, Yampa River Botanic Park and the 4-H Youth Development Program.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 27, July 11 and Aug. 15. There will be a $10 materials fee for each workshop. 

Participants may find more information or sign up for one or more sessions on the CSU Routt County Extension Office or by visiting and clicking on the link under ‘Events.’

Check out the program flyer at the Routt County Extension Facebook page.

Routt County Riders to lead trail work day Saturday

Routt County Riders and the U.S. Forest Service will lead a trail workday on the Hot Springs Trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The group will be repairing and re-routing a 1,000-foot portion of the trail that was washed out this spring. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trail maintenance project and should meet at 8:45 a.m. just past where the pavement ends on County Road 36, the road that leads to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Volunteers will be shuttled to the work area. An additional trail workday in the same area is scheduled for June 20.

Tools will be provided, and volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves, a backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, a cap and water. Following the work session, volunteers may enjoy lunch donated by a local restaurant and beverages donated by New Belgium Brewing Company at approximately 1 p.m.

RSVP to or register at

For more information on Routt County Riders, visit

Self expression is theme of this summer’s Young at Art

Young at Art is one of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Since its inception, the program has served thousands of children ages 4 to 18 while providing support and sustenance to hundreds of artists/teachers in the valley. The theme for this year’s programming will be self-expression.

Beginning Monday, the arts council will host eight weeks of art camps at the Depot. Class subjects range from comedy to printmaking to drawing and much more. Visit or call 970-879-9008 for more information.

Routt County Search and Rescue seeks volunteers

Routt County Search and Rescue is accepting applications for new volunteers through the end of June.

Incorporated in 1968, RCSAR is a volunteer group that is on call 24-hours a day, 365 days per year to assist in rescues involving injured or ill recreationists and searches for lost people.

No special skills are required for membership; the only requirement to join is a time commitment and an enjoyment of the back country and hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, ATV and snowmobile riding.

For more information, call Chad Bowdre at 970-291-9100 or visit to download an application.

Farm storage facility loans available through USDA

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, stop by the local FSA office or visit

Lions Club still is accepting scholarship applications

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club has extended the deadline for this year’s scholarship applications. The Lions Club has been awarding these scholarships for more than 25 years, during which time the Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club has awarded close to $200,000.

Six to 10 scholarships of $500 to $1,000 each will be awarded to graduating seniors in Routt County. The scholarships are open to any Routt County high school senior who has been attending a Routt County high school for at least two full semesters.

Funds for the annual scholarships are raised through the Lions’ numerous community fundraisers, including the Mustang Roundup, the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast, the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Christmas tree sales and, most recently, Winter Carnival. The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at The Egg and I. Visitors are welcome.

To apply for a scholarship or get more information about the scholarship, email Chip Ravenscroft at  

Protect against Hepatitis at drop-in immunization

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C.

Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.

Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase Hepatitis risk. Hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

CDOT upgrading maps, local government can help

The Colorado Department of Transportation is upgrading its Statewide Bicycle and Scenic Byways map, giving local governments an opportunity to provide cycling information specific to their area.

Initially, bicyclists could go online and review and select state routes to ride throughout Colorado based on shoulder width and traffic volumes. It also included a search capability for lodging, bike shops, restaurants and other areas of interest. Now, local jurisdictions can add similar cycling information to the site.

“This upgrade is adding another complete dimension to the map,” CDOT’s Bicycle/Pedestrian and Byways Manager Betsy Jacobsen said. “Users will be able to zoom in and find much more detailed information than was originally available. It will also allow local jurisdictions to update their information as they make physical changes to existing facilities.”

Local agencies can access the site and request to be a “trail editor.” Once approved, they can upload their GIS files showing their local trails, routes, bike lanes, etc. Trail editors must be associated with a government agency to be approved.

To access the map, go to

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