Steamboat briefs: Proceeds from giveaway to benefit area nonprofits |

Steamboat briefs: Proceeds from giveaway to benefit area nonprofits

Tickets are on sale for this year’s Tour de Steamboat Adventure Package Giveaway.

Purchase tickets for $100 for a chance to win an epic Steamboat summer and winter Adventure Package. The package includes Steamboat lift tickets, Nordic skiing, Powdercats skiing, bike park passes, 10th Division hut trip, fly fishing and more.

Only 100 tickets will be sold, improving the odds of winning. All proceeds from the giveaway benefit Yampa Valley nonprofits, including Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and Partners and Routt County Riders. Learn more and buy tickets at

Fly-fishing author slated to give presentation at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library will host an evening with author and fly fisherwoman Shelley Walchak, presenting “52 Rivers: One woman’s fly-fishing journey through the Rockies” at 7 p.m., July 26 in Library Hall.

Almost everyone has dreamt of taking a year off to fulfill a dream.

Walchak, a librarian, lived her dream by giving up her job at the Colorado State Library to fly fish a river per week for a year.

Walchak bought and outfitted a camper, purchased camera equipment and a computer and hit the road. She decided to stay in the Rocky Mountain States — Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Her photographs and blog posts of her journey became the book “52 Rivers,” the gold medal winner for best regional non-fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Join Walchak for a free slide show and talk that reveals the amusing stories, inspirational encounters and beautiful scenery she captured throughout her three-year project, including battling the elements to learning about the art of fly-fishing, understanding rivers and entomology and meeting people along the 50,000 miles she traveled.

Books will be available for sale and author signing.

Visit for more information.

LiftUp Thrift Store to close for building renovations

The LIftUp Thrift Store will be closed for renovations Tuesday, July 19 through Monday, July 25.

The expanded store is set to reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26.

The Thrift Store Donation Center and the LiftUp Food Bank will remain open during regular business hours during the closure. For more information, call 970-870-0727, or visit

Residents invited to join housing working groups

The Community Housing Steering Committee is seeking members for four working groups, which will analyze housing demand and advocate for and make recommendations to create housing supply in Routt County.

The Working Groups have been defined as follows.

■ Seasonal — seasonal workforce, rental housing.

■ Low income — long-term apartment rentals, year round.

■ Entry level — first-time home buyers, apartments, condos, single-family homes in outlying communities; permanent residents.

■ Move up – larger townhomes, in-town, single-family homes, permanent residents.

To become a member of one of these working groups, contact B Torres at the Yampa Valley Housing Authority at or 970-870-0167.

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