Steamboat briefs: Work begins on Après Ski Way, Village Drive project |

Steamboat briefs: Work begins on Après Ski Way, Village Drive project

Initial construction work on the Après Ski Way and Village Drive intersection project began Monday, Aug, 1.

The city of Steamboat Springs has contracted with Native Excavating to complete the project, which includes a realignment of the intersection, additional vehicular lanes and new bike lanes, a new four-way stop, replacement and upsizing of existing culverts, installation of new sidewalks, a new bus stop pullout and landscape work. The project is being financed by the city and the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority via the Urban Renewal Authority.

The city will conduct a public information meeting for the improvement project from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Sundowner meeting room at One Steamboat Place, 2250 Après Ski Way.

Work began Monday, Aug. 1 to relocate existing utility lines. To facilitate this work, Native Excavating will shift westbound Après Ski Way vehicular traffic between the intersection and roundabout into the eastbound lane. Vehicular travel lanes will be open in both directions through the work zone during this time. Actual construction is not scheduled to begin until Aug. 15.

Coffee and a Newspaper to focus on housing issues

Members of the Community Housing Steering Committee, an advisory committee sanctioned by the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners, will be the featured guests at August’s Coffee and a Newspaper, slated for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Steamboat Pilot & Today offices, 1901 Curve Plaza.

The group has recently recruited community members to serve on four working groups, which will be tasked with analyzing all housing segments through a supply and demand lens, along with the obstacles to housing and potential solutions or opportunities.

Publisher Suzanne Schlicht and Editor Lisa Schlichtman will host the event, which is free and open to the public.

Coffee and pastries will be served.

Public vigilance requested in regard to wildfire starts

Disturbing trends in recent wildfire starts have led local U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officials to request public vigilance regarding suspicious activity on public lands in southeast Wyoming and northern Colorado.

From July 15 to 26, five suspicious fires were started on the Medicine Bow-Routt and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. The majority of these fires occurred fairly close to the Laramie, Wyoming, area. The fires took place near Fox Park, Centennial, Commissary Park, Happy Jack Ski Hill and Stub Creek, south of Woods Landing. All were suppressed during initial response by fire crews.

The Forest Service is actively investigating, and anyone with specific information about how these fires may have started should call Law Enforcement Officer Hannah Nadeau at 307-343-2335.

Anyone witnessing future suspicious actions is also encouraged to call Nadeau.

CPW slates meeting about potential license fee changes

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking sportsmens’ input about funding the future of wildlife management and conservation in Colorado.

Hunters, anglers or anyone who wants to learn more about the financial challenges facing the state’s wildlife management agency is invited to attend a discussion with CPW representatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at CPW’s office in Steamboat Springs, 925 Weiss Drive.

CPW anticipates budget shortfalls, which could be offset by increasing resident license fees.

The last increase occurred in 2006 after legislative approval the year before.

Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and trimmed $40 million from its operating budget. Wildlife managers caution that additional cuts are inevitable without an increase in revenue.

“Colorado’s wildlife faces more pressure now than ever before, including a growing human population, increasingly fragmented habitat and less young people involved in hunting,” said NW Regional Manager Ron Velarde in a news release. “We have already undergone significant belt-tightening, and now, we need to find effective ways to increase revenue. We need to have this important discussion with hunters and anglers.”

Velarde added that CPW’s wildlife management programs are funded by user fees, generated primarily by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Unlike other state agencies, CPW does not receive general fund revenue.

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