Steamboat briefs: United Way to host ‘Every Gift Matters’ 5 p.m. Wednesday |

Steamboat briefs: United Way to host ‘Every Gift Matters’ 5 p.m. Wednesday

Routt County United Way will be hosting "Every Gift Matters" from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College's Allbright Auditorium. The presentation will feature an engaging panel discussion about how to maximize the impact of donations, no matter the size.   

The panel will feature Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation and author of "Every Gift Matters," and Christine Benero, CEO of Mile High United Way. Complementary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will the program in the Neas Dining Center.

Deadline Saturday for 2015 crane coloring contest

The deadline for the 2015 Yampa Valley Crane Coloring Contest is Saturday. The contest is open to children ages three through 12. There is still time to pick up and drop off the sandhill crane scene to be colored and decorated at one of the following locations: the children's section of the Bud Werner Memorial Library, the Hayden Library, the entrance booth at Stagecoach State Park, Yampa River State Park headquarters, Circle 7 Gallery, Off the Beaten Path bookstore, Creekside Restaurant, The Homesteader, Ciao Gelato, Bonfiglio Drugs in Oak Creek, Montgomery's General Store in Yampa and the Clark Store in North Routt. The drawing can also be downloaded from the Yampa Valley Crane Festival website at colorado Winners will be announced and prizes awarded Sept. 10 during the opening film event for the 2015 Yampa Valley Crane Festival — a free screening of "Winged Migration" at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. For more information, call 970-276-1933.

Coffee with Council meeting to be held 7:30 a.m. Friday

Councilman Scott Ford will host a Coffee with the Council meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. There are no set topics of discussion at this Friday's meeting, so the public is encouraged to come with any questions or concerns they have.

The goal of the monthly "Coffee with Council" is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with 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.

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Groups to present 2015 Soil Health Tour on Aug. 20

Colorado State University Extension, Routt County Conservation District, and NRCS will host the 2015 Soil Health Tour on Aug. 20 at the Frentress Ranch outside of Hayden. Meet at the Hayden Town Hall parking lot at 1:50 p.m.; the tour begins at 2. Discussions include success and failures: soil health, commodity and cover crops in 2014-15; soil test results: improvement to the soil in only one year; and soil pit and soil health bucket: digging into soil health and tools you can use. The tour will end with a happy hour, discussion and question and answer session at the Hiway Bar.

Applications available for Leadership Steamboat class

Leadership Steamboat is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 class.

The nine-month professional development program focuses on enhancing individual leadership skills, increasing understanding of how the community works and meeting professional leaders who guide the community and its businesses. Participants will work with national experts on leadership skills and local civic and business leaders who will share their insights on how things get done in the Yampa Valley.

At the initial meeting in September, the class will establish priorities for the issues and community concerns they would like to learn more about. Each year the class identifies a community need and takes on a group project to solve that need through collaboration and project management.

Recent group projects include the community garden on Oak Street, recycling containers along Lincoln Avenue, the initial Bike Guide, attractive benches in the downtown area, Yampa Valley Gives fundraising campaign, and last year, the Catch the Drift Yampa River education and environmental awareness program.

After an initial day-and-a-half orientation in late September, the class meets one Friday each month through early June 2016. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.

For information on the program, cost and an application, visit or call Angela Sherwood at 970-875-7000. The deadline for accepting applications is Sept. 4.

Leadership Steamboat is a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association.

CDOT to upgrade Statewide Bicycle, Scenic Byways map

The Colorado Department of Transportation is upgrading its Statewide Bicycle and Scenic Byways map, giving local governments an opportunity to provide cycling information specific to their area.

Initially, bicyclists could go online and review and select state routes to ride throughout Colorado, based on shoulder width and traffic volumes. It also included a search capability for lodging, bike shops, restaurants and other areas of interest. Now, local jurisdictions can add similar cycling information to the site.

"This upgrade is adding another complete dimension to the map," CDOT's Bicycle/Pedestrian and Byways Manager Betsy Jacobsen said. "Users will be able to zoom in and find much more detailed information than was originally available. It will also allow local jurisdictions to update their information as they make physical changes to existing facilities."

Local agencies can access the site and request to be a "trail editor." Once approved, they can upload their GIS files showing their local trails, routes, bike lanes, etc. Trail editors must be associated with a government agency to be approved.

To access the map, visit