Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs named a Tree City USA |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs named a Tree City USA

Steamboat Springs has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 22nd year Steamboat has received the recognition, according to a news release.

Steamboat met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community, including having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

April update, events for Old Town Hot Springs


■ During April, the Old Town Hot Springs is trying to raise $2,000 for the Wayne Kakela Scholarship Fund, which helps provide affordable or free memberships and youth swim lessons for financially disadvantaged families.

Pool events

■ Pool admission is half-price today as part of the Tax Relief Soak. A yoga tax relief class at 6:30 a.m. is free for members and half-price for guests.

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■ The Poochy Paddle is from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21. The cost is $5 per dog in advance or $10 per dog on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk or at Paws 'N Claws 'N Things. Bring a can or bag of dog or cat food to be donated to the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. Enter with your dogs at the back gate. For more information, contact Program Director Jill Ruppel at 970-879-1828, ext. 311, or


■ Parts of the hot springs will be under construction in the spring. Beginning today, the electric service will be upgraded and replaced. Because of the construction, the exercise classroom in the Fitness Center will close at 1:30 p.m. Friday through April 27.

■ All of the pools will be closed for cleaning in late April. Draining of the lap pool begins immediately after the Poochy Paddle on April 21. The lap pool is expected to reopen by the morning of April 27. The hot pool will be closed for cleaning April 22 and will reopen April 24. All pools will be closed April 22 and 23.

■ The water slides closed April 14. They will reopen May 24.

Clubs and teams

■ Steamboat Springs Swim Team registration is open at For more information, contact Ruppel at 970-879-1828, ext. 311, or email

■ The Triathlon Club starts May 1. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday. More information is at or at the front desk.

■ A youth Triathlon Club starts in June. More information is at

■ The Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series features mile or half-mile swims on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Information and registration forms are at the front desk.

Member information

■ A summer membership special runs May 24 to Sept. 2. Prices are at

■ The annual member meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the upstairs exercise room. Board members and managers will discuss capital improvements, the budget, fundraising, master planning, and more. Three board members will be elected.

Teen Council now taking applications for 2013-14

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. Council members learn leadership and team-building skills while helping to guide community decisions that affect teens. Stud

ents in eighth through 11th grades can apply by Wednesday. Download an application at For more information contact Kate Warnke at or 970-879-4300, ext. 354.

Youth Education Scholarship applications being accepted

Youth Education Scholarship applications are being accepted. The fund provides three scholarships to graduating Routt County high school seniors and two scholarships to last year's recipients. Applications and information can be found at Applications are due Wednesday to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Resident looking for more ukulele players to join group

Steamboat Springs resident Dan Tyler is looking for ukulele players interested in joining a group that would practice and perform together. Denver's Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra Conductor Gary Jugert has indicated he would travel to Steamboat to help organize the group. Call Tyler at 970-871-4641.