Steamboat briefs: Routt County Fair to honor memory of Sam Haslem |

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Fair to honor memory of Sam Haslem

— A flag dedication ceremony in honor of the late Sam Haslem will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Routt County Fairgrounds. A new flagpole is being erected in Haslem’s honor on the east side of exhibit hall. The Hayden American Legion will perform the ceremony. The event is open to the public.

CPW to host meeting about potential license fee hikes

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking sportsmen’s input on funding the future of wildlife management and conservation in Colorado. Hunters, anglers or anyone who wants to learn more about the financial challenges facing the state’s wildlife management agency is invited to attend a discussion with CPW representatives at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at CPW’s office in Steamboat Springs, 925 Weiss Drive.

CPW anticipates budget shortfalls, which could be offset by increasing resident license fees. The last increase occurred in 2006 after legislative approval the year before.

Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and cut $40 million from its operating budget. Wildlife managers caution that additional cuts are inevitable without an increase in revenue.

“Colorado’s wildlife faces more pressure now than ever before, including a growing human population, increasingly fragmented habitat and less young people involved in hunting,” said NW Regional Manager Ron Velarde in a news release. “We have already undergone significant belt-tightening and now we need to find effective ways to increase revenue. We need to have this important discussion with hunters and anglers.”

Velarde adds that CPW’s wildlife management programs are funded by user fees, generated primarily by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Unlike other state agencies, CPW does not receive general fund revenue.

Wandering Biologist slated to visit Botanic Park Aug. 10

Yampa River Botanic Park will host a special “Wednesday Wonderings” featuring widely traveled plant expert, Kathy Keeler, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Trillium House in the park.

Keeler writes and speaks about plants, travel and history as a wandering botanist. A retired professor of biology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Ph.D. in genetics from University of California Berkeley, she now travels the world collecting and sharing stories about plants.

“The more we know about the things we see every day, the richer our lives,” Keeler said. “Plants have always been part of human life and humans generate all kinds of curious stories.”

Keeler recently published a collection of plant stories, “Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants.”

Girl Scout campfire serves as informational event

Girls in kindergarten and first grade and current Daisy Girl Scouts are invited to enjoy hot dogs and s’mores over the Girl Scout campfire from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Gazebo in West Lincoln Park. This informational event is to help new Daisy Girl Scouts and their parents learn about being in a Daisy troop. In addition to the cookout, there also will be activities for girls and information for parents. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at or 970-846-2630.

Coffee with Council set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 12

Coffee with Council will continue from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 12 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. All topics of discussion are welcome and encouraged. The goal of Coffee with Council is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with City Council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them. No RSVP is necessary. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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