Steamboat briefs: Transportation department to begin landslide work |

Steamboat briefs: Transportation department to begin landslide work

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work Monday on a section of U.S. Highway 40 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass that is considered an active landslide, according to a news release.

“By building a retaining wall to hold the hillside in place, we will create a much smoother roadway in the future, and will eliminate the constant need for maintenance work in the area,” Project Engineer Justin Kuhn said in the release.

The retaining wall will be built about 15 feet high and 500 feet long on the east/downhill side of Muddy Pass. The highway also will be resurfaced, according to the release.

During construction, crews will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and drivers should expect delays of less than 15 minutes. The $3.1 million project is scheduled for completion in mid-November but will not affect the USA Pro Challenge, which travels over the pass to Steamboat on Aug. 21.

For more information, call 970-819-5125 or email

9,700 visitors expected to be in town this weekend

About 9,700 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 65 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 68 percent. On the mountain, hotels are expected to be 80 percent full and condos are forecast to be 53 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 5,900 visitors were expected to arrive, but 7,600 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

Lodging is expected to dip to 6,500 Wednesday, the day before the Fourth of July holiday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Howelsen Hill trails to close for 4th of July fireworks

All trails on Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4 for the fireworks show, according to a news release. Other trails on Emerald Mountain will be accessible from Blackmer Drive and the Bluffs Trails before closing from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information, call Howelsen Facilities Supervisor Craig Robinson at 970-879-4300, ext. 334.

Officials to look for boaters under influence this weekend

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 today 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.

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Volunteers are needed at Steamboat Art Museum

Volunteers are needed at the Steamboat Art Museum and museum shop. Those who are interested are asked to contact Dottie at 970-870-1755 or

Parks and Wildlife Cast ‘n’ Blast for women is Aug. 3

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife Cast ‘n’ Blast program for women is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in Steamboat Springs. The beginner fly- or spin fishing, shotgun, .22 and archery seminar is $15. Register at or by calling 970-255-6181.

Kids theater workshops are offered at Depot Art Center

As part of the 2013 Piknik Theatre Festival, the Great American Laughing Stock Co. will be offering theater workshops for children ages 8 to 12 at the Depot Art Center from July 12 to 28. The workshops feature an introduction to the performing arts and include acting and music performance activities. The classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, and the cost is $110 per week for Steamboat Springs Arts Council members and $130 per week for nonmembers. Financial aid and scholarships are available. For information or to register, call 970-879-9008 or go to to

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