Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs airport projects begin in August |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs airport projects begin in August

The city of Steamboat Springs will begin several projects in August to improve the taxiways and runway at Bob Adams Field in Steamboat Springs.

The plans include remarking and sealing the surface of the runway, realignment of taxiway A and repairing a taxi lane between B and C hangars with funding assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation's Colorado Aeronautic Division.

"These projects will prolong the usability of the runway and increase the overall safety, visibility, and usability of the airport," Steamboat Springs Airport Manager Adam Kittinger said in a news release.

The airport will remain open during the work, however the runway, taxiway and portions of the ramp will be closed and aircraft may not be able to take off or land during specific portions of the project. Expected dates where closures may take effect are Aug. 3 through Aug. 9, Aug. 18 to 21 and Oct. 5 and 6.

Newspaper to host local issues discussion Wednesday

Steamboat Today's Coffee and a Newspaper will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. The proposed Steamboat Springs School District bond issue will be the topic of discussion. Superintendent Brad Meeks and other district officials will attend to present information and answer questions from the community. Coffee and pastries will be served. Members of the newspaper staff — including Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Assistant Editor Jim Patterson — also will be on hand to answer questions.

Aug. construction to affect 2 roads in Routt County

Native Excavating is preparing to begin construction on two county roads, Routt County Road 14 and Routt County Road 27.

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Construction on C.R. 14 will continue through most of August with a tentative completion date of Aug. 20.

Truck and trailer traffic is strongly discouraged from using this road for the duration of the project. The area of construction will begin roughly at the intersection of C.R. 14 and Henderson Park Road and continue north to the intersection of C.R. 14 and Hibbert Lane.

C.R. 27 is completely closed approximately 6.5 miles north of Oak Creek on C.R. 27. The area of construction will extend approximately 0.1 miles north on C.R. 27. Crews expect the project to be complete by Aug. 7, and the road should be reopened to normal traffic on that date.

BLM to gather wild horses in northwest Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management plans to gather excess wild horses in the White River Field Office in Northwest Colorado as early as September. The BLM will gather as many as 167 horses using water and bait trapping and helicopter gather operations to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations.

Maintaining healthy herd populations is a key aspect in the BLM's multiple-use mission to manage public lands for a variety of natural resources and a sustained yield. When wild horse herds grow at levels that are unsustainable for local resources, the ecological balance of these areas is altered and can impact plant and animal species on the range. The BLM has determined that current wild horse populations south of Rangely pose a serious and potentially permanent risk to the area's ecological balance.

The BLM evaluated several alternatives in conjunction with scientific data, range-specific conditions and public input through a formal environmental analysis. The planning documents evaluating the planned gather operations are available at the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 and online at

Local museum exhibits artist's photo retrospective

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is now exhibiting a 50-plus year photography retrospective by longtime regional photographer Rod Hanna. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 9.

Hanna moved to Steamboat Springs from Kansas City in 1975 after 13 years as an award-winning photojournalist and sports photography specialist. He then began a 25-year career marketing the Steamboat Ski Resort. During that time, he also served 10 years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos.

His interest turned to nature landscape and fine art photography. His photographs have appeared in a number of books by the National Football League and in a variety of national publications, including People, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Travel & Leisure.

Hanna is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs for his landscape photography and USA Today Sports Images for his legacy NFL photographs. In November 2007, he published his first book of his landscape photographs, "Seasons of Light, Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley," and in 2010, his second book, "Seasons of Gold," portraying autumn on Colorado's Western Slope.

In 1984, he started and directed a workshop in Steamboat Springs called "Photography at the Summit" that ran for eight years and now is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work can also be seen at