Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street to be closed Friday for Harley bike show |

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street to be closed Friday for Harley bike show

Yampa Street between Sixth to Eighth streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 9 during the 2017 Rocky Mountain Harley Owners Group Bike Show, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The bike show, which is open to the public, will consist of about 50 classic Harley motorcycles divided into 10 different classes. The group will be based out of The Steamboat Grand and attendees are expected to be in town through Saturday, June 10.

Vote through June 16 on new name for Buff Pass trail

Have you ever wondered how particular trails were named? Now, you have an opportunity to help give the new 2A-funded trail on Buffalo Pass a new moniker. Initially dubbed, Buffalo Billy’s, this soon-to-be-named, approximately 5-mile trail will be renamed based on public voting.

The trail, which was completed in fall 2016, originates near the Dry Lake campground and allows users to bypass the Buffalo Pass Road.

Nominations were vetted by the Forest Service, and four names were carried forward for final voting.  Trail-naming choices are Spring Creek Highlands, Painters Pathway, Flash of Gold and SunDog. Vote either online at by making a donation to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, or vote in person at the U.S. Forest Service Office at 925 Weiss Dr.

Only one vote per person will be considered. Voting is open until June 16.

Final HS127 jump work donated by design company

Gerber Berend Design Build of Steamboat Springs will donate the work associated with completing the final elements of HS127 ski jump project started last year. The HS127 is the largest jump at the Howelsen Hill jump complex.

Under the direction of Hans Berend, the firm will donate the labor, materials and other associated costs to complete the work around the in-run, in-run side boards and start bars on the large jump. This work is valued at around $9,223 in donated costs and is anticipated to start this week.

Hans Berend’s son Ben Berend learned the sport of ski jumping on Howelsen Hill as a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Ben is now enjoying his third season on the United States Nordic Combined team.

This work completes the repair project started last November 2016 by the city of Steamboat Springs and Winter Sports Club.

Yampatika publishes hiking book for 25th anniversary

Yampatika has published a new hiking book to commemorate and celebrate the nonprofit organization’s 25th year of connecting people to nature and inspiring environmental stewardship through education.

The book, “Come Explore With Us: 25 Favorite Hikes From Friends of Yampatika,” is a compilation of favorite hikes contributed by Yampatika members, donors, partners, board members, volunteers, summer camp parents, advisors and program participants. It is not a detailed hiking guide but rather the book honors the voice and opinions of the contributors and reflects their passion for hiking.

“For a quarter of a decade, Yampatika has been working to get people outside,” said Yampatika Executive Director Joe Haines. “We believe that by experiencing nature firsthand, people will be better stewards of the beautiful environment we all share and appreciate in the Yampa Valley. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than by creating our friendly hiking guide, which includes many unknown treasures all within an hour’s drive of Steamboat Springs.”

The 70-plus page book is a fundraiser for Yampatika and was underwritten by Yampa Valley Bank. The content is supplemented by photographs contributed by Karen Vail and Karen Pharis. The book will be launched at Yampatika’s Wild Edible Feast on June 8 at the Haymaker Golf Course.

“Come Explore With Us” is available for $18.99 from Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Ave., and Yampatika’s Nature Store, 925 Weiss Dr. All proceeds raised from book sales will be used for environmental education programs in the Yampa Valley. Call 970-871-9151 for more information.

Museum to host ghost mine driving tour to Oak Creek

Tread of Pioneers Museum will host a “Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek” from 9 a.m. to noon June 30. Historian Jim Stanko will talk about Routt County’s coal mining history as participants enjoy a bus ride along Colorado Highway 131 from Steamboat Springs to Oak Creek and back. The event will include a guided tour of the Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek. The cost is $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members and $15 for kids younger than 12. Reservation and prepayment required at by June 23.

New documentary about Yo-Yo Ma screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Strings Music Festival present a free community screening of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble,” a new documentary film about music and the intersection of cultures, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall.

During the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.

The film follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice.

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