Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Resort trails closed due to construction |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Resort trails closed due to construction

All mountain trails at Steamboat Resort are closed because of ongoing construction and heavy machinery operating across the mountain. After the resort opens for summer June 30, cross-country and multi-use trails will open as conditions allow. The gondola and Steamboat Bike Park trails are scheduled to open July 15. Visit for updated trails information.

Organizers kick off 37th Yampa River Festival Thursday

Organizers will kick off the 37th annual Yampa River Festival with an all-star lineup of slideshows, videos and talks Thursday, at the Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with two-for-one draughts until 6:30 p.m. and free appetizers compliments of the Community Agriculture Alliance.
From 7 to 8:45 p.m., attendees will hear from state and local river luminaries, who will offer updates and information about the Yampa's place in the big picture of the Colorado River, the Antiquities Act and how it applies to public lands, the 2017 Yampa River flows and reservoir levels and leafy splurge, which threatens about 100 miles of the Yampa.
There is a $10 suggested donation to benefit Friends of the Yampa.
The Yampa River Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, June 2 through 4.

Area 2017 Cen$ible Energy rebates slated to close Thursday

Following the third year of successful electric-side energy efficiency funding in the Yampa Valley, Cen$ible Energy rebates for residential and small business customers will close for 2017 Thursday. All rebate applications and electric-side residential energy audit requests should be submitted by the end of the day.
So far this year, the Cen$ible Energy program has funded 182 efficiency upgrade rebates for member customers across the Yampa Valley Electric Association territory and has helped fund 60 free residential energy assessments by local professional auditors. Rebates are available for four types of Energy Star appliances, up to 10 LED bulbs, programmable thermostats or post-audit air sealing.
Full program information is available at Rebate funding will be available again on Jan. 1.

Steamboat fire academy enrollment deadline Thursday

The enrollment period has been reopened for the 2017 Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Fire Academy. Applications for this year's program will be accepted through Thursday.
SSFR is a combination fire department with full-time, part-time and reserve firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics serving the residents of the city of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding rural fire protection district.
When SSFR has openings for full-time, part-time or reserve positions, individuals who have successfully completed the SSFR Fire Academy are eligible to apply and will be considered in the applicant pool.
Applications may be hand delivered to Mountain Fire Station at 2600 Pine Grove Road or mailed to: Attention: SSFR Fire Academy, P.O. Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.
Contact academy instructors John Rockwood or Captain Travis Wilkinson at 970-879-7170 or for additional information or questions on the Fire Academy.

YVSC seeks business sponsors for area sustainable events

Large public events often generate significant waste. Since 2010, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has been reducing the environmental footprint of local community events by engaging residents and visitors in protecting the natural resources of the Yampa Valley.
YVSC works with event organizers and vendors on environmentally preferred purchasing, and the organization's Zero Hero volunteers help event attendees sort their waste to ensure everything that can be recycled ends up in the right bin.
YVSC is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Sustainable Events program starting at the $500 level. The deadline for sponsorship commitments is Thursday. A sponsorship packet and information about the program is available at

YVCF's community grant cycle open through July 14

Yampa Valley Community Foundation's annual grant program is an opportunity for YVCF to educate itself regarding the current needs in the Yampa Valley. Grant proposals are researched and analyzed by the Grants Committee, which is comprised of local community volunteers and YVCF board of trustees members. Grants are awarded to organizations and programs that best demonstrate an impact on community needs.
Visit to apply or for more information. The grant application deadline is July 14. Contact Emily Beyer at or 970-879-8632 with questions.

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Tread of Pioneers to host Routt County Pioneer Picnic

Tread of Pioneers Museum will host the 113th annual Routt County Pioneer Picnic from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Steamboat Mountain School, 42605 Routt County Road 36. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered side dish or appetizer to share; meat, drinks, dessert and all tableware will be provided. Visit for more information.

Players can register for Y.E.S. Golf Tournament on Wednesday

The 29th annual Y.E.S. — Youth Educational Scholarship Fund — Golf Tournament will take place Wednesday, June 7 at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club in Steamboat Springs. The tournament is organized by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Young Professionals Network.
Since its inception, the scholarship fund has awarded more than $213,000 to scholarship recipients. The funds are awarded to Routt County graduating seniors and past recipients still enrolled in college.
The per-player entry fee for the tournament is $135. The tournament format is a mixed scramble with four-player teams or five-player teams if a team has at least one female player. There is no handicap required; however, no team may have more than two players with handicaps of 12 or less.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, with additional prizes for the longest drives, longest putt and drives closest to the center line. There will be at least one hole-in-one prize — a $15,000 cash prize donated by Yampa Valley Bank.
Registration forms can be downloaded at For additional information, email

Students earn degrees from University of Northern Colorado

Becca T. Hoza, of Hayden, Heidi Berend, of Steamboat Springs, and Cameron Smith, of Steamboat, received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2017 commencement ceremonies May 5 and 6. Hoza graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in special education, and Berend earned a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling. Smith graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in instrumental performance.