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Steamboat briefs: Some 13,000 visitors expected for Fourth of July

About 13,100 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday for the Fourth of July, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released this week.

The figure represents 83 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 95 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 72 percent full.

Lodging is expected to drop slightly to 12,800 visitors by Wednesday.

The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Road closures announced for Independence Day parade

Road closures have been announced for the Fourth of July Parade. The eastbound and westbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue from Fifth to 11th streets will be closed from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4. As in past years, the city’s special event officers will be assisting during each event with traffic detours and any other traffic/emergency needs.

Pro Challenge topic for next Coffee and a Newspaper

The USA Pro Challenge will be topic of discussion at the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s next Coffee and a Newspaper event, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the newspaper, 1901 Curve Plaza. Members of the local organizing committee will be presenting information about the event, which will start from Steamboat Aug. 17. Jim Clark, CEO of the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association, and Kara Stoller, chamber marketing director and a member of the organizing committee, will be among the speakers.

Trails temporarily closed for July Fourth activities

Due to the July Fourth fireworks set-up and show, all trails on the Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be closed from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday. This includes all access points and the area from 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 Blackmere trailhead.

From 4 until 11 p.m., all trails and access to Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain will be closed for safety reasons. Security staff and signs will be posted at all trail heads, and the city of Steamboat Springs requests that everyone respect this closure for their own safety.

The Sombrero Stables will remain open to the public Friday.

Police stepping up enforcement for weekend

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be out in force over the July Fourth holiday weekend, pulling over and arresting impaired drivers to keep the roadways safe.

The increased DUI enforcement, part of The Heat Is On campaign, begins Friday and will run until Monday.

“Over the holiday weekend, we are simply asking that Coloradans act responsibly while enjoying their time with friends and family,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, in a news release. “We want everyone to get to and from their celebrations safely and plan ahead if they will be using alcohol or marijuana. Designate a sober driver or use an alternate form of transportation — there are so many ways to get around safely, there’s really no reason to drive impaired.”

This year over 90 local law enforcement agencies are planning heightened enforcement efforts, such as sobriety checkpoints, increased patrols and more. The same enforcement period last year resulted in 303 DUI arrests throughout Colorado from the 78 law enforcement agencies that participated.

A DUI can cost upwards of $10,000 on average. Impaired drivers can also face jail time, the loss of their driver’s licenses, higher insurance rates, attorney fees and many more unanticipated costs. An impaired driver not only faces severe consequences when they are caught, but are also a serious danger to pedestrians and motorists.

Library to present free screening of film

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of the film “Beats of the Antonov,” winner of the People’s Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall.

The film by Hajooj Kuka is about music, identity and the war in Sudan, a country that has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. “Beats of the Antonov” explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them. Visit for more information.

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