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Steamboat briefs: Spring storm blocks Broncos appearance in Steamboat

Thursday's snow and the promise of more this weekend led to the Denver Broncos' decision to cancel appearances in Steamboat Springs and Aspen.

"They (the Broncos) emailed us Thursday morning to let us know that the weather and the concern with traveling in the mountains led to the cancellation of the events in Steamboat Springs and Aspen," said Maren McCutchan, public relations manager for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

The Salute to the Fans Tour in Steamboat Springs was scheduled to take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Ski Town Field. The team had planned to drive to Steamboat Springs for the event and then continue onto Aspen.

But Mother Nature had other ideas. Road closures and dangerous driving conditions in the mountains forced the team to reconsider its stops. The events might be rescheduled at a later date, but McCutchan said several things would need to fall in place before that could happen.

JD Hays memorial service postponed due to weather

Friday's memorial service for former Steamboat Springs Police Chief JD Hays has been postponed due to the weather.

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Police Commander Jerry Stabile said JD Hays' family members did not want loved ones risking the trip.

The family now plans to hold the memorial service at 3 p.m. June 9 at Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs.

Hays was diagnosed with brain cancer six weeks ago and died Saturday.

2A Trails Committee set to host open house May 30

The city of Steamboat Springs 2A Trails Committee, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, will host a 2A trails project open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tues., May 30 at Mountain Tap Brewery, 910 Yampa St.

The happy hour event will provide updates on completed 2A-funded trail projects, future 2A-funded trail construction on Buffalo Pass and the upcoming Forest Service's NEPA planning process, which will determine new trail opportunities in the Mad Creek, Rocky Peak and Rabbit Ears Pass areas.

In addition, the names selected as finalists for the new 2A trail on Buffalo Pass will be displayed, and votes will be accepted during this time.

Steamboat Springs voters approved a portion of the municipal accommodations tax be spent on developing trails. During the next 10 years, $5.1 million dollars will be invested in trail infrastructure across Steamboat Springs. A committee, made up of city residents, is prioritizing the expenditures of this investment.

Area Airport Commission seeks applications

Routt County is seeking applications from a qualified individual to fill a seat on the Yampa Valley Airport Commission. Candidates must be resident of Routt County and should have knowledge of and interest in the maintenance and improvement of air transportation for the Yampa Valley, have an understanding of the economic issues related to Yampa Valley Regional Airport and the Steamboat Springs Airport and have the ability to be a proactive representative of the two airports to the community served. 

Letters of interest and an application can be submitted by mail to the Commissioners' Office, P.O. Box 773598, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 or by email to The deadline to apply is Friday. Call 970-879-0108 for more information. Applications can be downloaded at

Steamboat Reading camp registration deadline nears

Steamboat Reading, an organization providing comprehensive support services for struggling readers and their families, is offering three weeks of camp this summer through their program, A Different Path to Reading.

This program gives children entering third through sixth grade an opportunity for intensive reading and writing instruction during the summer, while building a community with supportive peers and their families.

The camp will be held the weeks of July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7. Children may sign up to attend any or all three weeks. Steamboat Reading's directors Beth Melton and Kim Schulz recommend that children attend as many weeks as possible to see the most benefit. Need-based scholarship money is available if cost is an obstacle to attendance.

The deadline to register is May 19, so parents are encouraged to contact Melton or Schulz with any questions or interest. Steamboat Reading also provides tutoring services throughout the year.

More information and a registration form can be found at or by emailing

15 passenger van needed for 2017 Crane Festival

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition needs one additional shuttle van, seating 15 to 20 people, to help provide transportation for sunrise and sunset crane viewing sessions during the crane festival, which will be held Sept. 1 to 3 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. If you or your organization may be able to help out, email Nancy Merrill at or call her at 970-846-5556.