Steamboat briefs: Routt County bond ratings upgraded to AA from A+ |

Steamboat briefs: Routt County bond ratings upgraded to AA from A+

Routt County’s bond ratings have been upgraded by Standard and Poor’s, according to a news release issued by Dan Strnad, the county’s finance director.

The county’s bond issuer rating was raised from A+ to AA and its outstanding lease purchase certificates of participation, which were issued in 2006 to finance construction of the new Routt County Justice Center, were upgraded from A+ to AA-. The debt on the Justice Center was refinanced in 2012 to lower interest rates.

The news release states that the upgrades were a result of the county’s budgetary performance and flexibility, strong reserves, excellent liquidity, low debt levels and strong financial management practices.

“We are glad that S&P recognizes the strengths in the local economy and the good management practices of Routt County,” Commission Chairman Tim Corrigan said in the release. “While we do not have plans to issue debt at this time, should the county issue debt, these higher bond ratings will be helpful in keeping the interest cost of any future financing low.”

8,725 visitors expected to be in town on Saturday

About 8,725 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 55 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 94 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 78 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 38 percent full.

Lodging is expected to drop to 5,810 visitors by Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Steamboat Institute adds seminar for conference

The Steamboat Institute has added a bonus seminar to the lineup for its sixth annual Freedom Conference. Krista Kafer and Melanie Sturm will present “Engage to Win,” an interactive workshop offering skill building and live practice aimed at helping individuals learn to more effectively communicate their views and values. The seminar will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22. The cost is $25. To register, visit

Ex-Navy secretary to speak about cybersecurity Thursday

Richard Danzig, a former secretary of the Navy, will present “Cyber Insecurity: What It Means for National Security and What We Can Do About It” during the last Seminars of Steamboat event of the season at 5 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion.

As a director and former chair of the Center for a New American Security, Danzig calls for seeking agreements with other countries on cyber constraints, including “not using cyber as a means of physical attack between China, Russia and the United States.” 

Danzig also is a consultant to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on terrorism, is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior adviser at the Center for Naval Analyses and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Previously, he served as undersecretary of the Navy and principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for manpower, reserve affairs and logistics. He was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award in 1981, 1997 and 2001. Two of his recent publications are “Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction” and “Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies.”

Tickets to the free seminar will be distributed at 4:15 p.m., and doors open at the same time. 

Community dinner paused for Holy Name construction

Because of the construction that currently is taking place in the hall at Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs, the monthly free community dinners will be taking an indefinite hiatus. There will not be a community dinner Thursday. Call 970-879-0671 for more information.

Piknik Theatre Festival holds free performances

In its seventh year, the Piknik Theatre Festival offers free outdoor performances put on by actors from The Great American Laughing Stock Company. GALSCO is a not-for-profit summer repertory theater company with the mission to enhance and diversity of performing arts in the area.

This year, performances of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as “Botanica” will be held at either the Yampa River Botanic Park or Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The remaining schedule includes:

■ 6 p.m. Thursday: “Romeo and Juliet” at Yampa River Botanic Park

■ 6 p.m. Friday: “Botanica” at Yampa River Botanic Park

■ 6 p.m. Saturday: “Romeo and Juliet” at Yampa River Botanic Park

■ 6 p.m. Sunday: “Botanica” at Yampa River Botanic Park

Master knitter to present lace exhibition Saturday

Franki Franklin, a master knitter who focuses on delicate lacework, will be at Sew Steamboat from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition will include examples of her ethereal lace, and Franklin will discuss her process and her love of lace and will be available for questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Local Edward Jones branch holds school supply drive

The Steamboat Springs Edward Jones branch office will be participating in the Colorado Student Care school supply drive. Local residents and businesses are invited to drop off school supply items during regular business hours from Thursday through Aug. 31. The office is located at 1815 Central Park Drive, Unit 101-A.

‘Celebrate Women’ event held Wednesday evening

A “Celebrate Women” health, fitness and fashion event will be held from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Hosted by the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Tennis Center, the event will begin with tennis, drinks and shopping at the Wanderlust Boutique trunk show. A meet-and-greet with Dr. Terese Kaske, medical director of the Breast Health Center, will follow from 5 to 6 p.m. The evening will end with Kaske and Dr. Leslie Ahlmeyer, OB/GYN, discussing the latest in breast health from 6 to 6:45 p.m. To register for the free event, visit To reserve a court time, call the Tennis Center at 970-879-8400.

Hidden Lakes Campground open to the public Friday

Hidden Lakes Campground and Forest Road 20 will be open to the public Friday, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service Parks Ranger District.

This popular campground on the Routt National Forest has nine campsites near a number of small lakes. The campground will be accessible via Forest Road 20, which has been closed since the summer of 2013 due to hazard tree removal.

Hazard tree logging is continuing on Forest Road 20 south of its junction with Forest Road 620, so there is no access to the Percy Lake Trailhead at this time.

Recreationists are reminded to be cautious and aware of heavy equipment operating in the area. Log trucks will be hauling timber on Forest Road 20. Do not enter areas which are posted closed, as they are closed for public safety.

For more information on current conditions, water availability or other general inquiries, call 970-723-2700. 

Information on other road closures and projects also can be found at

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