Steamboat briefs: RCR Trail work day planned on Emerald Mountain |

Steamboat briefs: RCR Trail work day planned on Emerald Mountain

Routt County Riders will lead a trail work day on Emerald Mountain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trail work and should meet at the Blackmere Drive gate at 9 a.m. Following the trail work, volunteers can enjoy lunch and beverages provided by New Belgium Brewing Company. Those who bring their bikes can ride down after. Tools will be provided, and volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, cap and water. To ensure ample lunch, RSVP to

Area community foundation reviews grant applications

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation received 57 applications from area nonprofits for the 2016 Community Grants Cycle. The YVCF Grants Committee will be reviewing these throughout the month of August and make award decisions in mid-September. In 2015, total grants awarded were $190,757. Contact Susan at for more information about this year’s grants.

Expanded lineup announced for Freedom Conference

The lineup of guest speakers for the 2016 Freedom Conference Festival Tent was announced this week by Jennifer Schubert-Akin, co-founder and CEO of the Steamboat Institute. This year’s eighth annual Freedom Conference will be held Aug. 26 and 27.

Speakers at the festival tent will include the following.

■ Dr. Matt Spalding, Hillsdale College associate vice president and dean of educational programs and author of “We Still Hold These Truths” and executive editor of “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.”

■ Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and author of a new book, “Equal is Unfair:  America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.”

■ U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska.

■ Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA.

■ Jillian Melchior, political editor of the new online publication, Heat Street, and Tony Blankley fellow at the Steamboat Institute.

■ Ned Ryun, founder and president of American Majority. 

The Leadership Program of the Rockies will also offer a seminar on building the army for freedom.

“Attendees, with the $50 Festival Tent ticket, will have the opportunity to meet and talk with these nationally recognized leaders in a casual, small-group setting,” Schubert-Akin said in a news release. “The full Freedom Conference ticket prices start at $325, so the $50 Festival Tent offers attendees an outstanding experience at a fraction of the cost.”

For more information and to register, visit

Inaugural foundation’s pig roast fundraiser sells out

The Petis Law Community Impact Foundation’s inaugural pig roast planned for today, at Cloverdale Farm, 31900 Routt County Road 22 is sold out. All proceeds from will support the Petis Law Community Impact Foundation, which was created by Petis Law in May and will be giving grants to local nonprofits in the community twice per year. Grants will be given to nonprofits whose mission aligns with the practice areas of Petis Law, including personal injury, business law and real estate matters.  

Hayden library selects 7th Reader of the Week winner

The Hayden Public Library has selected Kayle Downs, 5, as its seventh Reader of the Week for its summer reading program.

Kayle’s parents are Kimberly and Bobby Downs. She has a sister, Aubry, 7, and a brother, Tyler, 9. The family moved from Phippsburg to Hayden in March. Kayle has two cats, Mars who is black and white and Kaa who is black,13 chickens and one rooster. When she grows up, Kayla said she would like to be a cupcake maker.

Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite food is homemade kale chips. Her friends are Tyler, Aubry and her kitties. Kayle enjoys going to her friends to jump on their trampoline, collecting eggs from the chickens and playing with her Zhu Zhu pets. She also likes going to the library with her mom and siblings to attend programs.

Kayle’s favorite TV show is “Casey Undercover,” and her favorite movie is “Dinosaur Island.” Kayle loves to read the Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain and enjoys looking for objects in the “I Spy” books.

Kayle, Tyler and Aubry are homeschooled, and math is Kayle’s favorite subject. She will be in the first grade this fall.

When asked what advice she would give other kids about reading, she said, “You’re a great reader.”

Event at library planned to celebrate summer readers

What do gelato, juggling and jumping have in common? They will all be part of the end-of-the-summer reading celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Bud Werner Memorial Library. All readers who participated in the Summer Reading Challenge or Wee Reader Program are invited to the event, which will be held on Library Lawn. There will be juggling entertainment by We’re Not Clowns, a bounce house from Steamboat Fun Jumps, free ice cream from Ciao Gelato, a book swap and the 50 Spot Challenge Gift Basket giveaway. All are welcome, and any reader who read every day for 50 days will be recognized at this event. 

For the book swap, bring one or two gently used children’s books to swap with other kids.

School supply giveaway slated at Depot Arts Center

Families and community members are invited to stop by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Arts Center on 13th Street from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 for a giveaway of gently used and new school supplies such as crayons, markers, colored pencils and more, while supplies last.

Visitors can tour the Create Space resource room upstairs at the Depot to check out the free donated art and creative supplies or to consider donating supplies. Arts Council representatives will be on hand to talk about children’s arts programs including Young at Art Creativity Camps.

This event is co-sponsored by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, which organizes Clean Out the Classroom efforts at the end of each school year to recapture and redistribute reusable school supplies. Contact Madeleine at the Arts Council at or 970-879-9008 or for more information.

County students named to dean’s list at UNC

Several students from Routt County were named to the Dean’s List of Distinction and the Dean’s Honor Roll at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2015-16 academic year. Honor students include Becca Hoza, Hayden, Dean’s List; and Kelbi Rogers and Cameron Smith, both Dean’s List.

To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, a student must earn a 3.75 to 4.0 GPA in any two terms of the year.

CPW marks Colorado Day with free park entrance

On Monday, Aug. 1, people can enjoy free entrance to all the state’s state parks in honor of Colorado Day, the commemoration of Colorado’s acceptance into statehood.

“Colorado Day is an opportunity for everyone to get outside and experience the diverse natural beauty and recreational activities that our 42 state parks and 350 state wildlife areas have to offer,” said Colorado Park and Wildlife’s Information and Education Assistant Director Gary Thorson in a news release. “This day is also the agency’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents and visitors who enjoy our state parks and for their continued support.”

Most Coloradans live less than 30 minutes from a state park. Visit for a list of state parks.

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