Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street closures released for week of July 18
Steamboat Springs — Beginning Tuesday, July 19, Yampa Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Ninth and 11th streets, including the 10th Street intersection.
Before this closure takes effect, crews will be wrapping up work from the previous week from 11th to 12th streets, and that closure will remain in effect until the construction work and closure shifts Tuesday.
Additionally, the Core Trail will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists for one day between Tuesday and Friday to allow crews to complete utility crossings going under the trail. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be safely routed around the construction zone closure.
Construction work in these areas includes the infrastructure necessary to support moving electric utilities, as well as some storm drainage utility work.
Signage and wayfinding will continue to be installed during the required closures. For everyone’s safety, visitors, employees and residents are asked to respect all closures and use the designated detours and parking areas.
Additional nearby parking is available at the 10th Street lot, as well as at the Howelsen Hill parking lots, with easy access to Yampa Street over the Ninth Street pedestrian bridge.
Construction work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday.
A construction hotline, which is updated frequently, is available at 970-871-7052. Information on the overall project can be found at diggindowntown.com.
To sign up to receive notice of project updates, visit the website, click on Notify Me and select Downtown Improvement Project updates, or send an email request to email@example.com.
View a map of the closures at SteamboatToday.com
Seminars at Steamboat talk features views on terrorism
Seminars at Steamboat will presents two Brookings Institution scholars, William McCants, a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and Philippe Le Corre, a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, speaking about “Radical Islam and Terrorism, Views from the U.S. and Europe.”
The free talk starts at 5:30 p.m. July 18 in the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets will be distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.
McCants is a scholar of militant Islamism. In addition to his senior position at the Brookings Institution, he is adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East and terrorism.
Le Corre’s research focuses on Asia-Europe political and economic relations, China’s foreign policy and France. He is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Science in Washington, D.C. and has has contributed to numerous magazines and journals.
Copies of McCants’ and Le Corre’s books will be available for sale and author signing after their talk. KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of their Seminars talk at 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at 88.5 FM.
Visit seminarsatsteamboat.org for more information about the speakers series.
Housing steering committee to host community meeting
The Community Housing Steering Committee, sanctioned by the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners, is hosting a housing kickoff meeting at 5 p.m. July 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.
The committee has established four working groups that will analyze all housing segments through a supply and demand lens, along with the obstacles to housing and potential solutions or opportunities.
Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided, and members of the community are encouraged to attend and offer their views on the local housing situation.
Scholarships available for reading summer camp
Reading on Ranches Camp has several openings for scholarship students for camps the weeks of July 18 and July 25. Camps, which are open to children in first through eighth grades, include outdoor exploration and reading and writing enrichment. Call 855-426-6587 or visit mybooktrails.org for more information.
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