Steamboat briefs: Smoke near Strawberry Park is controlled burn |

Steamboat briefs: Smoke near Strawberry Park is controlled burn

Steamboat area residents of Strawberry Park and the neighborhoods around Colorado Mountain College who spy a column of smoke as soon as Monday need not be alarmed. Nor do the need to call the fire department.

The smoke is coming from an approved burn of a slash pile left over from beetle-killed tree removal on the north side of the ridge between Fish Creek Falls Road and Strawberry Park.

The owner of the property, Steve Elkins, confirmed he has obtained a Colorado “pile smoke management permit” from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He says local officials are aware of it.

Open house slated to discuss dog park improvements

Steamboat Digs Dogs and the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services will host a public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at The Steamboat Grand to discuss suggested improvements for the Rita Valentine Dog Park.

The event is open to the community, and free parking is available across the street from the Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle. Contact Kathy Connell at 970-846-3746 or visit

Parents encouraged to enroll younger students online

The Steamboat Springs School District is encouraging all parents living in the Steamboat School District with students in preschool, kindergarten or first grade who will be new students to the district for the 2017-18 school year to visit to enroll their students for next year. District officials are trying to determine class sizes and staffing for these grade levels for the 2017-18 school year and would like all eligible students to use the online process. Contact Soda Creek Elementary School at 970-879-0652 or Strawberry Park Elementary at 970-879-7550 for more information.

Award winning documentary film to screen at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Fire at Sea,” the Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary and winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in Library Hall.

This film is Gianfranco Rosi’s incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa — and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it. It is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action.

Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders.

Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them. The result is a lyrical, poetic and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgment nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer.

Visit for more information.

Cocktails with Council to be held Tuesday at Carl’s Tavern

Raise a glass and plenty of questions during the next monthly installment of Cocktails with Council, which will be held from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at Carl’s Tavern, 700 Yampa St. Join council member Heather Sloop and other available council members in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss any issues of interest. No RSVP is necessary.

LiftUp accepting Hope for the Future applications

LiftUp of Routt County is accepting applications for its Hope for the Future scholarship. Candidates who possess the following requirements are encouraged to apply: graduating high school seniors; students currently enrolled in college, trade or vocational school and adults interested in increasing their self-sufficiency by enrolling in college, trade or vocational school. Additional information and applications can be found at The deadline to apply is April 15.

Annual community blood drive to be hosted at YVMC

The second community blood drive of the year will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Local companies Soda Creek Pizza, PowerICE and Honey Stinger will be providing complimentary pizza and snacks for all donors, in addition to the snacks provided by Bonfils Blood Center.

Every unit of blood donated can help to save or enhance the lives of up to three people. Donors should eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating. The entire process takes approximately one hour, and walk-ins are welcome from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., as space permits.

To guarantee an appointment time, call Bonfils Appointment Center at 1-800-365-0006 option 2 or sign up online at using site code 0234.

Yampa, Oak Creek Green Machine schedule announced

Green Machines are now available for single stream recycling drop-off one week per month in both Yampa and Oak Creek. In Yampa, the Green Machine is delivered to 83 E. First St. the second Monday of the month and picked up the third Monday. The Oak Creek Green Machine is delivered to the City Park the fourth Monday of the month and picked up the following Monday. The schedule and recycling guidelines for both locations is available online

Coalition seeks to document return of cranes to area

The return migration of the greater sandhill cranes to the Yampa Valley has begun. Cranes are leaving their wintering homes in New Mexico and Arizona and heading north. Yampa Valley residents can expect the first arrivals during the first or second week of March.

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, presenter of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, is once again sponsoring a First-Crane-Sighting-of-the-Season contest.

Document sightings of the first greater sandhill crane spotted in the Yampa Valley by either emailing photos to or mailing them to CCCC headquarters, 40625 Routt County Road 69A, Hayden, CO 81639.

Include the date, time, and location of the sighting, as well as name and any other pertinent details. A prize will be awarded to each individual with the photo of the earliest sighting in West, North and South Routt County areas, plus Steamboat Springs and Craig. A special grand prize will be given for the overall earliest sighting in the entire Yampa Valley. Winners and photos will be announced at the end of March at

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