Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs’ Yule Log Hunt begins Monday |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs’ Yule Log Hunt begins Monday

The 37th annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin Monday, Dec. 5.

Each weekday’s clues will be printed in Steamboat Today and posted online at as well as being posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to 10 days, unless the log is found sooner. The clues take people on a path toward the log’s hiding place; they do not describe the hiding spot itself.

The 2016 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: — the “Welcome to Steamboat Springs” sign on U.S. Highway 40 in front of the Mountain Fire Station. Clues often include information that refers to community history or past events.

Unless the log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released Friday, Dec. 16.

The Yule Log Hunt has been a traditional holiday event in the community for over 37 years. The 3-foot-long, 25-pound log is hidden within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. It is distinctively marked with the words “Yule Log” in red letters and at least a portion of it will be visible from its hiding place. The log will not be on private property, inside of buildings or in areas that charge fees to enter.

When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 970-879-2214 and ask for Candice or Katie. The log must be physically presented to a Tread of Pioneers Museum staff person before the winner can claim the $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate.

Sign up to ring bells this season for United Way

Routt County United Way is seeking bell ringers to help raise money for local health and human service programs. The bell ringing started the day after Thanksgiving and will run through Christmas Eve. United Way is looking for organizations to take an 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift on the following days: Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 4, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 17, Dec. 18, Dec. 19, Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. To sign up, visit

Mountainfilm to screen at local Boys and Girls Club

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Colorado present Mountainfilm for Students, a 45-minute Mountainfilm On Tour lineup designed for kids 12 and younger, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Boys and Girls Club gym on Eighth Street in Steamboat Springs.

Kids, films and mountains make a pretty good combination. Mountainfilm for Students is designed to inspire and educate the younger crowd.

Membership is not required for this event. Everyone is welcome, and it’s free. Visit for more information.

Local groups seeks new members among veterans

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Natalie Breitung at 970-879-5489.

Free local breast exams offered to qualified women

Women who are age 40 to 64 and have limited or no health insurance may qualify for free breast exams and cervical cancer screenings. In addition to meeting age and income requirements, women must live in Colorado, be legal residents (or legally present) in the U.S. and have not had a mammogram or Pap test in the last 12 months. Women’s Wellness Connection is a program at Northwest Colorado Health. Visit or call 970-879-1632 for more information.

United Way searches for donations for holidays

Donations are needed for Routt County United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market, which assists struggling individuals and families in Routt County during the holiday season. United Way is seeking donations of new winter boots, socks, gloves and coats for adults and children, $25 grocery cards, toys for children ages 1 to 14, $25 gift cards for teenagers and donations to United Way. Visit to sign up for donation items.

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