Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for Pro Challenge biking events |

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for Pro Challenge biking events

Steamboat Springs is the host of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge overall start and Stage 1 race Monday and Stage 2 start Tuesday and volunteers are needed. To volunteer, visit, fill out the online registration form and select the Steamboat stages. By clicking on "submit," volunteers are automatically directed to the local Volunteer spot site, where individual jobs, time slots and course locations can be chosen. Volunteering promises close-up views of the race and interaction with the world's best cyclists.

Courthouse, annex closed due to Pro Challenge

All the offices in the Historic Routt County Courthouse and Annex will be closed for business on Monday due to the USA Pro Challenge events. There will be no access to our parking lot and limited access to the streets around the Courthouse and downtown area. County offices will reopen for regular business hours Tuesday.

Hayden Library reader of the week winner announced

Reader of the Week for Hayden Public Library's summer reading program is 5-year-old Emily Hockaday, a well-known patron of the library.

Emily has lived in Hayden her whole life along with her parents Shawn and Leslie Hockaday. She has two brothers, Tyler, 16, and Joseph, nine. Both of Emily's brothers have also been Readers of the Week. The family has a dog, Gizmo, three cats, Tinka, Myla and Nips, and rabbits Whopper, Snuggle Bunny and two baby rabbits.

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Emily's favorite color is red, and her favorite food is watermelon. Her favorite subject in school is art and her favorite sport is wrestling, which she participates in along with her brothers. She enjoys playing with her friend Chase, who is 6.

Emily also loves fishing, swimming, tubing the Yampa River and catching crawdads. Her favorite book is "Biscuit" by Alyssa Capucilli. She also enjoys watching "Clifford the Big Red Dog."

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Emily said, "I want to work at the DA's office like my mom."

The family goes camping and stays in a motel to swim as often as they can. Emily said she was very excited when she found out she was the Reader of the Week because she has been trying to win all summer.

Screening of documentary about sage grouse Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Conservation Colorado and Audubon Rockies will present a free screening of the new documentary film "Sagebrush Sea" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall, along with a discussion about greater sage grouse and the landscape in Northwest Colorado that continues to support these iconic birds. The film follows this increasingly rare bird with an otherworldly display through a year on the North America's iconic sagebrush steppe, a vast wilderness spanning 250,000 square miles, brimming with hardy life.

Following the screening, a discussion will focus on the film, the science around this iconic bird and the issues that have brought so many parties into the discussion about this species' future. There will also be a Q & A session with Matt Holloran, chief scientist for the research nonprofit Wildlife Management Research Support and co-principal and senior ecologist for Wyoming Wildlife Consultants, LLC, a specialist in the long-term research of sagebrush-obligate wildlife species and the effects of human activity on sage-grouse populations. 

Displays and outreach booths will be provided by Conservation Colorado, Audubon Rockies, Yampa Valley Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust, Yampa Valley Birding Club, Yampa Valley Crane Festival, Yampatika and other organizations and will be on display at 6 p.m. before the showing of the film. Visit for more information.

Swim team registration to open at end of August

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team is welcoming new swimmers, ages five through 18, for the fall season, which begins Sept. 2 and continues through Sept. 18. Swimmers can sign up for 10-minute tryouts from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 or Sept. 1. Returning swimmers need to sign up for the team by Aug. 21. Visit for more information or call Old Town Hot Springs aquatics director Sam Huff at 970-879-1828, ext. 316.

Newspaper seeks interested readers for editorial board

The Steamboat Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board.

Individuals selected for the board will be asked to serve a four-month term beginning the first of September.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff.

Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, Assistant Editor Jim Patterson and veteran reporter Tom Ross serve as the board's newspaper representatives. Outgoing community representatives on the board are Geoffrey Petis and Tami Havener.

The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Editorial Board meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the newspaper offices, 1901 Curve Plaza.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should email a letter and resume to Schlichtman at or send it to the Steamboat Today, P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Steamboat Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Schlichtman at 970-871-4221 with questions.

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