Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs native to host book signing Thursday |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs native to host book signing Thursday

Alicia Wright, Steamboat native and current resident of Moab, Utah, will be presenting a reading from her first published book, “Sol Journeys,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Off The Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs. Her work is composed of guided experiences and exercises, which help facilitate relationships with the self and the world.

Wright will share some connecting tools presented in “Sol Journeys” and her latest endeavor, Sol Journey Retreats, which applies the exercises of her book into the natural order via a four-day, three-night excursion into the desert.

After the presentation, Alicia will sign copies of her book which is available for purchase at Off The Beaten Path.

Coffee with Council returns Friday; open to public

Coffee with Council will continue from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The goal of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with Steamboat Springs City Council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them. No RSVP is necessary; coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Hike and Bike to School events set to begin Friday

Hike and Bike to School Fridays start at 8 a.m. Friday at Steamboat Springs Elementary and Middle Schools. Students can be dropped off by the bus at the high school where community service officers and volunteers will be present to safely manage street crossings. Walk Butcher Knife trail to Soda Creek or Strawberry Park campuses. Permission slips can be found on the school website. Call 970-879-3446 for more information.

Free ventilation workshop held to prepare for codes

Construction professionals working in Routt County are invited to the free workshop, “How to Meet Ventilation Requirements for 2015 Building Codes,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 325 Ninth St. construction site in Steamboat. RSVP online at

The workshop is part of a series of free local classes during the fall to help prepare the construction community for the upgrade to new building codes proposed for Jan. 1, 2017. The workshop will be taught by Jim Finegan, who has 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry. The class is hosted by Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and the Routt County Regional Building Department.

Haymaker Golf Course to host 2016 Fall Classic

Haymaker Golf Course will host the 2016 Fall Classic, a CGA points event, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11 at the golf course, 34855 U.S. Highway 40. Tee time begins at 9 a.m.

The event will include 36-hole individual flighted solo play, and current USGA handicap will determine flights.

Men’s and women’s divisions will be available.

Registration fee is $120 for pass holders and $135 for all others, and the registration deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, visit or call 970-870-1846.

Yard art cranes support Crane Festival, bird habitat

A flock of yard art cranes descends upon the lawn at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in support of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival during the weekend. Volunteer artists have generously decorated special yard art cranes that will be on display and open for bids from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Bidding closes at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The silent auction benefits the festival and the new Crops for Cranes conservation program, which is adding prime local habitat for the Yampa Valley’s greater sandhill cranes. The Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs through Sept. 11, and festival headquarters are at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Visit for the full festival schedule.

Children’s Civil Air Patrol open house planned

The Civil Air Patrol, open to boys and girls age 12 to 17, focuses on topics such as aviation, aerospace technology, leadership, fitness and character. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the program is invited to an open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Bob Adams Airport in Steamboat Springs. Email squadron commander Micah Clark at for more information.

Grant cycle open for law nonprofit foundation

The Petis Law Community Impact Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its 2016 winter grant cycle. The nonprofit foundation is committed to leaving the community in a better place than before by contributing to agencies that protect and support the well-being of those injured by others; that promote the sustainable enrichment of our housing market; and that encourage social equity and economic growth within local businesses and nonprofits.

Grants will be awarded to agencies and nonprofits whose mission fits with the above description, or agencies and nonprofits who have a project that fit within the above description. Grant applications are due Oct. 15, and the grant application form can be found at Call Foundation President Lisel Petis at 970-846-5255 for more information. 

Community picnic slated for Crane Festival at ranch

Yampa Valley Crane Festival will host an evening to celebrate local Greater sandhill cranes at The Nature Conservancy’s historic Carpenter Ranch in Hayden on Saturday, Sept. 10. A free community picnic kicks off the festivities at 4:30 p.m. The evening also includes a talk by author and Birding Magazine Editor Ted Floyd, plus a guided sunset crane viewing. People should bring their own picnic, and carpooling is highly recommended. Visit for the full festival schedule.

Local artist to host free art talk about Chuck Close

Local artist and educator MB Warner will continue her popular “MB Notes” free art lecture series with a talk about American artist/photographer Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave. 

Close achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale photo-based portraits and inventive techniques for painting the human face. His work now extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking and tapestries based on Polaroids. Born in 1940, Close was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Warner’s lectures are free to the public.

Free food boxes available for low-income seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly by LiftUp of Routt County to area seniors, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LiftUp Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.

The Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank, 202 E. Jefferson, also distributes free food and personal items to those in need. For more information, contact the church at 970-276-3510 or Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000

Digital US Forest Service maps available on app

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

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