Steamboat briefs: Society of collegiate scholars honors ’15 Sailor graduate |

Steamboat briefs: Society of collegiate scholars honors ’15 Sailor graduate

Logan Daniel Bankard, a 2015 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has been accepted in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Bankard is currently completing his freshman year at the University of Wyoming, where he is studying mechanical engineering and is a member of the shotgun team.

Membership to NSCS is by invitation only and is based on grade point average and class standing.

"NSCS is more than just a symbol or academic achievement," said Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS founder and chief executive officer, in a news release. "Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits, including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community."

Temporary, spring closure set for Routt County Road 18

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Routt County Road 18 is temporarily closed from past the first parking area below the Stagecoach Reservoir dam north to Pleasant Valley, according to a news release from Routt County Road and Bridge Department.

The closure is due to seasonal freeze/thaw conditions and traffic adversely affecting the road. All motor vehicle traffic is restricted.

The closure will be in effect until conditions have improved, up to a maximum period of 90 days.

Classical music slated to be featured Friday on WWFM

Tune in to WWFM 91.1 at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29, for Live from Steamboat, classical music from our own Strings Music Festival concerts, part of WWFM's, "Celebrating Our Musical Community" program. This broadcast will feature music from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

These broadcasts are brought to Steamboat Springs by the team of WWFM in Trenton, NJ, Strings Music Festival and West Slope FM. They are featured on the final Friday of the month

Yampa Valley Artisans seeks 2016 art show submissions

The Yampa Valley Artisans is hosting an art show called Galleria at the Park during Whittle the Wood Rendezous June 16 thorugh 18 at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig and is seeking art submissions from artists across Colorado and from the Utah and Wyoming regions.

The show will be juried by an independent group looking for quality artwork in Colorado and the surrounding area. All mediums will be considered, and applications will be accepted online through May 16.

To request an application or for more information, email

Steamboat Lake State Park dam work to begin mid-May

Beginning in mid-May, dam engineers will perform a geotechnical evaluation of the Willow Creek Dam at Steamboat Lake State Park, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The investigation of the dam's structure, which includes the extraction of soil samples, will aid in the design of a buttress to strengthen the dam's left abutment.

Visitors to Steamboat Lake State Park are asked to avoid the dam while the work progresses. Engineers said the project should take no more than two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.

"The dam is not experiencing any problems, and there is no concern for public safety at this time," said dam safety engineer John Clark in the release. "This evaluation will help us provide long-term stability to the dam, which will make it even safer than it is today."

Steamboat Lake State Park Manager Julie Arington reminds visitors to watch for heavy equipment and avoid construction areas.

"This will have very minimal impacts to park visitors," she said. "We invite the public to enjoy our park but be mindful of the work on the dam."

Dinosaur National Monument shed antlers protected by law

The National Park Service reminds residents that gathering shed antlers is not allowed in Dinosaur National Monument. All objects, including deer and elk antlers, within Dinosaur National Monument are protected by law and may not be removed. Collecting antlers within the monument is a violation that may result in a fine of up to $5000 and/or up to six months in prison.

The monument boundary is generally well-marked by fence and boundary signs, but shed collectors are responsible for knowing who manages the property they are on, and its rules and regulations. To report suspicious or illegal activity, call 970-629-8683. Disturbing elk and deer during early spring when food sources have yet to green and an animal's fat reserves are at their lowest can cause stress leading to starvation or the death of unborn calves. Shed antlers also are an important food source that provide nutrients, such as calcium, to many small mammals. These small mammals pass those nutrients on to other larger mammals and birds, such as bobcats and hawks, when they are caught and consumed.

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700, or visit or follow dinosaurnps on social media.