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Steamboat briefs: Routt County Riders to hold trail workdays at ski area

Routt County Riders will host a series of trail workdays in September on the Sunshine Trail at Steamboat Ski Area. The workdays are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and 28.

Tools, lunch from Haymaker Patio Grill and beverages from New Belgium Brewing Co. will be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a backpack, rain gear, a cap and water.

Those who are interested in participating in the workday are asked to register by the Thursday before the workday by emailing or by going to

Ice rink hosts Parent-Tot Playgroup on Thursdays

Howelsen Ice Arena is hosting a Parent-Tot Playgroup for children ages 2 1/2 and older from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. The group is for parents and children to get comfortable on the ice by playing games, drawing and using stuffed animals. 

The cost is $49 for seven weeks and includes skate rentals. For more information, stop by the ice arena or call 970-879-4300, ext. 340.

5Point Film On the Road seeks volunteers for Thursday

Volunteers are needed for the 5Point Film On The Road event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Howelsen Hill. Help is needed with ticketing and drink sales in addition to other jobs. Those who are interested are asked to contact Crosby Nordblom at or 978-886-5387.

Rubber Ducky Race set for Saturday on Yampa River

The 26th annual Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser is Saturday on the Yampa River. This year, the event, which is sponsored by Yampa Valley Medical Center, will award $5,000 in cash and feature family-friendly activities and live music by the Brian Smith Band at the finish line in West Lincoln Park.

The race begins at 11 a.m. at the Brooklyn Bridge, Fifth and Yampa streets. Tickets are available for $10 each at or at City Market through Friday. Remaining tickets will be sold prior to the race at the bridge starting at 9 a.m.

Next $10K Day for United Way scheduled for Friday

Routt County United Way again hopes to raise $10,000 in a single day. The next $10K Day for United Way is Friday at Yampa Valley Bank. The bank will match every dollar given Friday up to $5,000.

All United Way donations stay in Routt County and are dispersed to more than 40 local health and human service nonprofit organizations. To donate, stop by Yampa Valley Bank from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The event also will feature a live radio remote, free food and prizes.

For more information, call United Way at 970-875-5605 or visit

Colorado teachers to meet Saturday in Steamboat

Teachers from across Colorado will gather at the Legacy Ranch Environmental Learning Center in Steamboat Springs on Saturday to share ideas and participate in hands-on field exercises with renowned University of Colorado Boulder biologist Tim Seastedt, according to a CU news release. The event is part of the Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association’s fall workshop, “Takin’ It to the Fields.” Steamboat High School teacher Cindy Gay currently serves as the association’s president.

Seastedt, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will kick off the two-day workshop with a field session in Steamboat titled “Using Novel Ecosystems in Educational, Conservation and Restoration Activities.” The researcher and participating teachers will conduct field exercises that can be replicated for the classroom. The lessons will focus on the causes and consequences of ecological changes occurring in the rural and wild lands of Colorado.

Seastedt’s research centers on invasive species and how they interact with other components of global environmental change with a focus on grassland and tundra ecosystems. His research sheds light on how insects and soil chemistry can be used to control the spread of non-native plants.

The workshop, including Seastedt’s visit, is sponsored by CU Boulder’s Learn More About Climate initiative, which seeks to provide educators, policymakers and citizens with the most up-to-date scientific research to raise awareness and inspire an informed dialogue about climate change. 

Kiwanis Club to host series of forums before election

The Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs will host a series of candidate and voter information forums ahead of the November election. The lunchtime forums are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

■ Tuesday: Steamboat Springs City Council District 1 candidates Tony Connell, Clark Davidson and John Fielding. District 1 is the only contested council race this fall.

■ Sept. 24: Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland will discuss the voting process, various ballot types and the two state issues on the ballot.

■ Oct. 1: Steamboat Springs School Board candidates for District 1, Roger Good and Tony Rosso, and District 2, Joey Andrew. Not all of the candidates have confirmed their attendance.

Registration is required by noon on the Monday before the forum by calling 970-879-0633. The cost for lunch is $6 or $3 for those older than 60.

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