Steamboat briefs: Resident named to Gonzaga University’s dean’s list |

Steamboat briefs: Resident named to Gonzaga University’s dean’s list

Kelly Borgerding, of Steamboat Springs, has been named to the dean's list at Gonzaga University for fall semester 2016.

Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students.

Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the West's best comprehensive regional universities. Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 25 master's degrees, a doctorate in leadership studies and a juris doctor degree through its school of law.

Audubon documentary film double feature at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition will present a free screening of the new documentary film "Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in Library Hall.

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Audubon's passion for birds carried him across a continental wilderness to observe them in their natural habitat, and his skills as an artist and observer immortalized them and their environment to remind and inspire people two centuries later. A singular visionary in frontier America, Audubon was a godfather of today's conservation movement, and this film is the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved.

Audubon's obsession cost him and his family dearly, but his work influenced every generation of nature lover that came after him, from Henry David Thoreau to Theodore Roosevelt, and has helped to preserve a small portion of the wild lands he explored and documented.

This special screening follows a Wild Films series screening of "Giraffe: Up High and Personal" for a double feature wildlife-focused presentation. For more information, visit

Author, investigative journalist to offer presentation at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with author and investigative journalist Scott Carney, who will talk about his new book, "What Doesn't Kill Us: How freezing water, extreme altitude and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Library Hall.

"What Doesn't Kill Us" traces" the human evolutionary journey back to a time, when survival depended on how well organisms adapted to the environment around them.

Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist whose stories blend narrative non-fiction with ethnography. He has been a contributing editor at Wired, and his work also appears in Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, Playboy, Details, Discover, Outside and Fast Company.

In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism, and his first book, "The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers," won the 2012 Clarion Award for best non-fiction book.

His second book was "A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness and the Path to Enlightenment." Books will be available for sale and signing at this Library Author Series event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. For more information, visit for more information.

BLM, Forest Service announce 2017 federal grazing fee

The federal grazing fee for 2017 will be $1.87 per animal unit month, or AUM, for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.87 per head month, or HM, for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, according to a news release from BLM. 

The 2016 public land grazing fee was $2.11.

An AUM or HM — treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes — is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse or five sheep or goats for a month.  The newly calculated grazing fee, determined by a congressional formula and effective March 1, applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service.

The formula used for calculating the grazing fee, which was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act, has continued under a presidential executive order issued in 1986. Under that order, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per AUM, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year's level.

The annually determined grazing fee is computed by using a 1966 base value of $1.23 per AUM/HM for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors — current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices and the cost of livestock production. In effect, the fee rises, falls or stays the same based on market conditions, with livestock operators paying more when conditions are better and less when conditions have declined.

The 2017 grazing fee of $1.87 per AUM/HM applies to 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Permit holders and lessees may contact their local BLM or U.S. Forest Service office for additional information.