Steamboat briefs: Tamara Beland is resigning from post at Chief Theater |

Steamboat briefs: Tamara Beland is resigning from post at Chief Theater

Tamara Beland, executive director of the nonprofit Chief Theater, has resigned her position effective Sunday, according to a news release.

“Where the Chief is today could not have been possible without the involvement of Tamara. In a short period of time, she was able to transform the theater into a viable venue for performing arts in the downtown community. With a focus on creating a cultural and performing arts center for all genre, the transformation has been a wonderful addition to the Steamboat Springs arts community. We wish Tamara the best in pursuing her next adventure, ” board President Jim Cook said in the release.

The board has initiated a search for Beland’s replacement. More information is available by emiling

Steven R. Lucas graduates from basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Steven R. Lucas, a 2009 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., according to a news release.

During the nine-week training, Lucas studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises, according to the release.

Lucas is the son of Carol Henderson, of Loveland, and Steven Lucas, of Steamboat.

Weigh and Win program is available for month of July

Weigh and Win — a free incentive program to lose weight and make healthier choices — is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to July 12 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive, as well as from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 to 26 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. For more information, call 970-819-4110.

21st Literary Sojourn fest tickets go on sale July 15

Literary Sojourn will be held Oct. 5 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Steamboat’s 21st annual festival of readers and authors is presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and features Augusten Burroughs, Emma Donoghue, Jennifer Haigh, Ron Rash, Jess Walter and master of ceremonies Andre Dubus III. General admission tickets cost $75 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. July 15 at

tickets. Visit for more information about the event, author biographies and reading lists.

Registration is open for Young at Art half-day camps

Registration is open for the following Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Young at Art half-day summer camps:

■ Cinderella’s Tea Party dance camp for children ages 4 to 7 is from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 8 to 12.

■ Jungle Boogie dance camp for youths ages 8 to 12 is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 8 to 12.

■ Children’s Theater camp for youths ages 8 to 12 is from 9:30 to noon July 15 to 19 and July 22 to 26.

■ The Roots of Hip Hop camp for youths ages 8 to 12 is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 22 to 26.

■ Pet Projects camp for first- through third-graders is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 to 16.

The cost for half-day camps is $110 for Arts Council members or $130 for nonmembers. Register at

A full-day camp called the Wings Fine Arts Camp is for those in fourth grade and older from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to 9. That camp is $299 and registration is available at

Increased checkpoints for boater impairment upcoming

As part of a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will be looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of 0.08 from Saturday to Sunday, according to a news release.

The weekend effort will include increased patrols and checkpoints as well as boater education. Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other penalties, including fines and loss of boating privileges.

For more information, go to

The Chief Theater receives a $150,000 challenge grant

The Chief Theater has received a $150,000 challenge grant donated by Jack and Mary McClurg, of Steamboat Springs. Mary is a member of the Chief board. 

The funds will go toward upgrading the sound and lighting systems and completing other theater renovations. 

Nonprofit Optimist Club is in need of new members

The nonprofit Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders.

The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.

For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Newborn Network offers free resources for parents

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags.

Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

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