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Steamboat briefs: Reds, Whites & Brews closes Yampa Street on Saturday

Yampa Street from Fifth to Seventh streets and the side streets of Sixth and Seventh to the alley along with Workman Park will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24 for the Reds, Whites & Brews in The Boat. The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Reds, Whites & Brews in the Boat is a beer and wine tasting event that brings together cold craft brews and a variety of international wines, featuring unlimited wine and craft beer tastings, live music, local and regional food vendors along with local and regional retail vendors and more. Additional information can be found at

Mainstreet Steamboat's Farmers Market on Seventh Street will run as scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for 2A trail on Buff Pass planned

The U.S. Forest Service, the city of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on noon Friday, June 23 to officially open and unveil the name of the newest trail on Buffalo Pass.

The special event will take place at the start of the new trail, which was constructed in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs Accommodation Tax. Participants are asked to meet in the Dry Lake Trailhead parking lot, and the group will walk to the trail for the ceremony.

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The Forest Service, along with the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, conducted a contest to name the new trail. Nominations were submitted, and four finalists were selected, including Spring Creek Highland, Painter's Pathway, Flash of Gold and SunDog. One of these entries will officially be announced as the new trail name during the ribbon cutting.

The soon-to-be-named trail, which was completed in fall 2016, is an intermediate level multidirectional trail with great views. It's approximately five miles long and features both uphill and downhill traffic. Originating near the Dry Lake campground, it allows users to bypass the Buffalo Pass Road.

Forest Service seeks input on Elk Park Road project

Public input is being sought by local Routt National Forest staff on possible management changes to Elk Park Road — Forest Road 314.

Information obtained from public feedback will be important in developing management options. No decisions have been made yet by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District on this topic.

A motorized route that is located just north of Steamboat Springs, Elk Park Road is approximately four miles long and provides access to the Elk Park area and Elk Park Trailhead.

Extensive erosion and rutting are reoccurring management challenges along the road and have prompted the current analysis. Problems are mainly caused by the road's location, lack of engineered design and erodible soils.

Much of the southern portion of the road is not passable to most passenger vehicles due to its rough condition. Additional management concerns include the road's proximity to streams, steep terrain and user-created alternate routes.

Through the years, the Forest Service has considered multiple management options that address resource concerns while maintaining motorized access to Elk Park, including alternative routes originating from Routt County Road 36.  However, these alternative routes are not viable due to Colorado Roadless Rule restrictions.

A decision regarding future management of the road is anticipated by summer 2018.

Comments would be most useful if received by Friday, June 23. They can be submitted via email to with "Elk Park Road" in the subject line; or mail or hand deliver to Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Attention: Elk Park Road Project, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.

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New exhibit opens at Tread of Pioneers Museum

Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs announces the opening of its newest exhibit, "Staking Their Claim: Pioneer Settlement in the Yampa Valley."

Through pioneer stories, recollections and historic photographs, "Staking Their Claim" tells the story of pioneer settlement in the Yampa Valley. The exhibit features sound clips from oral history interviews with early settlers, film segments detailing the rules of the Homestead Act of 1862 and fascinating pioneer artifacts from the museum's collection.

The exhibit pieces together the stories of hardship and success of making a home and a living in one of the last regions settled in the rugged Rocky Mountain West.

The exhibit explores the following.

What did it take to be a homesteader?

What were the requirements of the Homestead Act of 1862?

Who were the first to come and where did they come from?

What was life like for the first settlers and why did they make the journey west?

• How did the railroad impact the settlement of the region?

The exhibit is on display through May 2018.

Local LiftUp to be collected at summer concert series

With the start of the Free Summer Concert Series this weekend, LiftUp of Routt County is reminding people that the nonprofit will be collecting canned goods at the entrance to the concerts throughout the season.

Henderson to be ordained to Greek Orthodox priesthood

Rev. David Henderson will be ordained to the Orthodox priesthood on Saturday, June 24 at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church in Craig, 691 Green St. The ordination service will begin at 10 a.m.

Henderson served as a priest in the Episcopal church for 20 years, including 16 years as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs. He was received into the Greek Orthodox Church in 2009 at St. John's, and after several years of study and preparation, was ordained deacon on March 27, 2016.

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