Steamboat briefs: Water restrictions remain in effect through summer |

Steamboat briefs: Water restrictions remain in effect through summer

With the Western Slope under a NOAA heat advisory, the four water districts in Steamboat Springs will continue mandatory stage 2 water restrictions for the remainder of the summer.

“Conditions continue to dry out in our region, and we’re seeing hotter temperatures across Colorado, and in many cases, record temperatures for many areas,” said Frank Alfone, with Mount Werner Water, in a news release. “As a community, we were able to get a jump on what’s shaping up to be a very hot and dry summer with the early implementation of Stage 2 in May. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and their support as we head into the heart of summer.”

As part of stage 2 restrictions, home and property owners are allowed to water based on the last number of their street address. Even address numbers water Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, while odd addresses are set for Monday, Thursday and Saturday. There is no watering Wednesday.

“Our efforts will only work if everyone participates and follows the watering schedule and conservation tips,” Alfone explained. “Together, we can make a significant impact on conserving water resources which are vital to the community.”

In an effort to help reduce use of treated water, the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Service Department is now using non-potable water for irrigation in several parks. Drawn from the river and other sources, non-potable water systems are utilized in Ski Town, Emerald, Memorial, Howelsen, West Lincoln and Heritage parks.

Strings conductor to share “Views from the Pit” talk

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Strings Music Festival present a free musical talk with Strings festival conductor Mark Gould, one of the best-known trumpeters of his generation, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29 in Library Hall.

Gould shares an evening of storytelling as he presents “View from the Pit,” a look behind the scenes with all your favorite musical stars, sharing tales you’ve never heard before.

Gould was principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1974 to 2003 and has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982. He joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in September 2004 and currently chairs the brass department there.

Gould’s students play in many of the world’s major orchestras and chamber ensembles, and he is a much sought after teacher around the globe. Visit for more information.

Steamboat’s 1st Independence Day, a live story at the library

Bud Werner Memorial presents “Flag for the Fourth: The True Story of Steamboat Springs’ First Independence Day,” an outdoor storytelling event with Marianne Capra, at noon Saturday, July 1, on the library lawn. The tale will be told at the site of Steamboat Springs’ first-ever Fourth of July celebration, which was held where the library sits now.

Travel back to 1876 as the Crawford pioneers celebrate, and find out who will save the day. The 45-minute live outdoor performance is designed for everyone age 10 and older. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and Fourth of July picnics.

After the 45-minute story, Capra will offer an optional mini walking tour to the Steamboat Spring across the street. Capra is a freelance natural and cultural historian. She has been a historic storytelling interpreter since 1994 in national parks, outdoor science schools, local nonprofits and Routt County’s schools. Visit for more information.

Book club focuses on climate change, biodiversity book

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a special edition of the library book club to coincide with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert’s free community talk that is part of Seminars at Steamboat’s 15th anniversary season this summer.

Community members are invited to read and discuss Kolbert’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book, “The Sixth Extinction,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 in the library conference room.

The New Yorker staff writer has created a book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes.

The library has free copies of “The Sixth Extinction” to loan to anyone who wants to join the discussion. Sign up at the library circulation desk or by calling 970-879-0240. Visit for more information.

Kolbert’s free Seminars talk will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at the Strings Pavilion.

Follow safety rules to assist in preventing ATV accidents

Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health and the ATV Safety Institute remind riders to follow these rules for ATV safety.

  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
  • Never ride on public roads.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
  • Ride an ATV appropriate for your age and readiness.
  • Supervise riders younger than 16.
  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

Visit for more safety information for young riders. Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course are available at

Hit television series American Pickers to film in Colorado

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their crew plan to film episodes of the History Channel’s hit series “American Pickers” throughout the region in July, and they’re looking to find sizable, unique collections of antiques and learn about the interesting stories behind them.

Anyone who has or knows of a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, should send their name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to or call 855-OLD-RUST.

Open house planned at The Reserves of Steamboat

Yampa Valley Housing Authority is planning to hold a public open house at The Reserves of Steamboat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 10. The free event will offer tours of The Reserves, 2100 Elk River Road, and beverages and light appetizers will be served. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to B. Torres at

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