Steamboat briefs: Road closure announced for Routt County Road 80 |

Steamboat briefs: Road closure announced for Routt County Road 80

— Routt County Road 80 will be closed to all traffic between mile markers 11 and 12 for the replacement of a culvert starting at 7 a.m. July 20. This area is near Routt County Road 56 at the bottom of Barnes Hill. The road is expected to re-open after 4 p.m. July 20. Motorists are encouraged to plan to travel alternate routes during the closure period.

Steamboat Christian School to host open house July 24

All interested students, parents, volunteers and those who want to learn more about the new Steamboat Christian School are invited to attend a barbecue and informative open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the Heritage Park school building, 27285 Brandon Circle. 

Steamboat Christian School is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year, which begins in late August. The school’s goal is to follow the path of Jesus Christ, teach excellency and develop wisdom and character in students and teachers. 

Call 970-367-6102 or visit for more information.

Crane festival photo contest continues through Aug 15

The 2016 Yampa Valley Crane Festival photo contest is currently underway. Photographers of all ages are invited to participate in the contest by submitting photographs of these iconic birds to

Crane photos submitted to the contest must have been taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 15. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Sept. 8 through 11 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

This year the contest includes a special youth category with a prize. Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at

Tour de Steamboat package benefits local nonprofits

This year’s Tour de Steamboat adventure package includes Steamboat Ski Area lift tickets, Nordic skiing, Powdercats skiing, bike park passes, a 10th Division hut trip, fly fishing and more. Only 100 tickets will be sold for $100 each. All proceeds from the giveaway benefit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Partners in Routt County and Routt County Riders. To purchase tickets visit

Part of Routt County Road 15 closed July 25 through 29

Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, July 25, Routt County Road 15 will be closed to all traffic between Routt County Road 132 and Routt County Road 17 for the replacement of a culvert. The road is expected to re-open after 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29. County crews are replacing aging culverts before overlay in September.

Vehicles traveling north to C.R. 132 — Dunckley Pass — will be detoured north around the closure via Colorado Highway 131 to access C.R. 15 near Phippsburg. Vehicles traveling south on C.R. 15 to Crosho Lake will be detoured via Colo. 131 to C.R. 17 near Yampa to travel around the closure area.

Hayden Library selects 7th Reader of the Week

Joseph Pederson has been chosen as Hayden Public Library’s seventh Reader of the Week for its summer reading program. Joseph, 14, is the son of Amy and Larry Pederson, and he has six brothers, Thomas, 23, Brian, 21, Nicholas, 18, Matthew 16, Adam, 8 and Hezekiah, 6. He also has six sisters, Ellie, 23, Maria, 20, Sabrina, 12, Ruth, 10, Naomi, 4 and Phoebe, 2.

Joseph regularly visits the library and is a mentor in the library’s Bradley’s Book Buddies program. His best friends are Keaton Knez and Jonathan Lockhart.  He has lived in Hayden for 13 years.

The family’s pets include two cats, Ninja and Tess, and a German shepherd named Liebe. Joseph wants to become a zoologist when he grows up and work with rainforest and “ice” animals.  His favorite color is green, and his favorite food is bacon.  He enjoys watching “Arrow,” and in his free time, he also enjoys reading. His favorite sports are football, soccer and frisbee. He has read all 58 Hardy Boys books by Franklin W. Dixon, who also is his favorite author. In school, his favorite subject is reading.

When asked what advice he would give to other readers, Joseph said, “You learn more when you read.  Computers wreck your brain cells, so I suggest to read books instead.”

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