Steamboat briefs: Scholarship day held at Howelsen Howler Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Scholarship day held at Howelsen Howler Saturday

The Howler at Howelsen Hill will be the site of the second annual Alpine Slide Scholarship Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. All revenue from the Alpine slide during that day will be donated to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's scholarship fund to help families in financial need participate in the club. The Howler includes a scenic chairlift ride up historic Howelsen Hill and a thrill ride down 2,400 feet of track on a self-controlled sled. Visit for more information about SSWSC.

Teens Around Town sign-up deadline is now Wednesday

The registration deadline for Teens Around Town has been extended until 5:30 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to each Friday adventure. TAT is for teens who will be entering seventh through ninth grades and takes place on various Fridays throughout the summer. Prices vary from $45 to $95 per day, depending on the adventure. Day trips include whitewater rafting, stand-up paddleboarding at Statebridge, rock climbing with Rocky Mountain Ventures, hiking at Hahn's Peak, swimming at Steamboat Lake, slacklining and swimming at the Craig Wave Pool and canoeing at Stagecoach Reservoir. To register, visit

Library's reader of the week is Reyne Mortensen

Reyne Mortenson, 6, was chosen as Hayden Public Library's Reader of the Week. Reyne has two brothers, Wyatt, 11, and Noah, 9. Her parents are Colt and Kristin Mortenson. The family has two dogs named Jasper and Silver, one leopard gecko named Spot and a tarantula named Harrietta Rose.

Reyne's family lives between Hayden and Craig. They moved to the area over three years ago from Price, Utah.

Reyne likes all the colors in the rainbow. Her favorite food is bratwurst. Her favorite book is "Pinkalicious" by Victoria Kann. Reyne likes to watch "Wild Kratts" on TV, and she also enjoys playing games. Her most favorite is foosball. She will be starting soccer and gymnastics very soon. She would like to be a chef when she grows up.

Recently, Reyne took a fun trip to Denver with her family, where she got to stay in a motel, swim and stay up late.

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Reyne's advice for younger readers is, "Keep reading at any age." She was very happy and surprised when she found out she had been named Reader of the Week.

The Hayden Library holds the Reader of the Week contest during its summer reading program. The winner is interviewed for the Steamboat Today and receives special prizes.

Howelsen Hills trails are closed Friday for fireworks

All trails at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday because of fireworks setup and display, according to the city of Steamboat Springs.

This includes all access points and the area from the Bluffs Loop to Mile Run. All other trails on Emerald Mountain will remain open to the public until 4 p.m. and may be accessed via the Blackmer trailhead. From 4 to 11 p.m., all trails and access to Howelsen and Emerald Mountain will be closed for safety reasons.

Security staff and signs will be posted at all trailheads and the city of Steamboat Springs requests that people respect this closure. Sombrero Stables and the Alpine Slide will remain open to the public.

All sections of the Yampa River Core Trail are open as high water has receded.

Local starts Christian women's ministry online

Women of the Way Ministries, a non-denominational, nonprofit, Christian women's ministry, has started in Steamboat Springs. The group's desire is to serve women of all walks of life through their "real-life stories" and relational sharing. 

Founder Therese Shelesky began her work in women's ministry in 2003 through Small Group Leadership, Prayer Team Leadership and Bible Study Facilitating.

WoTWM consists of writers from various parts of the United States who are willing to share their life stories and personal experiences in a relational way while reaching out to women to seek Christ.

Therese personally desires to make a local impact in the Steamboat Springs area, but she hopes for WoTWM and its writers to span all borders and make an international impact.

Learn more about Women of The Way Ministries at and at You can also contact Therese M. Shelesky at

Yampatika to offer FREE community garden classes

Yampatika is offering a new gardening experience to the public with community gardening classes taking place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 8. The class meets at Yampatika's Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch.

Each week, a garden expert will be on-site to answer gardening questions. Food harvested will be available to dedicated volunteers, donated to LIFT-UP of Routt County and used for Yampatika's Garden-to-Table Dinner in October. There is no cost to get involved. For more information, call 970-871-9151.

Food bank in Hayden to distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Landfill seeking volunteers to organize donated goods

Home ReSource at the Milner landfill is in need of volunteers to help organize donated items, including furniture, lighting and building supplies. Those who are interested are asked to call Jenn at 970-879-6985.