Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Gives promotes giving Tuesday |

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Gives promotes giving Tuesday

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday. The annual statewide movement, which celebrates and increases philanthropy through online giving, has brought more than $900,000 to more than 50 local nonprofits in the past two years.

In partnership with Yampa Valley Community Foundation and as a ColoradoGives Regional Champion, Yampa Valley Gives serves as the platform for donors to learn about and donate to participating nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties. This year, YVG is covering credit card processing fees on Colorado Gives Day, so 100 percent of every donation will go directly to local nonprofits.

Yampa Valley Gives is encouraging people to #GiveTogether today at Sponsorship opportunities are still available to support YVG and make a difference in our community. Email for more information.

Clue No. 2 revealed for 2016 Yule Log Hunt

The second clue for the 2016 Yule Log Hunt has been released.

Clue No. 2

Ring the bell, take out your slate.

Get your pole, choose your bait.

Fill ‘er up, or grab a bite.

Solve the clues, the time is right.

For a list of all the clues to date, visit

The 37th annual hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, starts at the site of last year’s hiding place — the “Welcome to Steamboat Springs” sign on U.S. Highway 40 in front of the Mountain Fire Station.

Each weekday’s clues will be printed in Steamboat Today and posted online at as well as being posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page. A new clue will be released each weekday for as many as 10 days, unless the log is found sooner.

Unless the log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released Friday, Dec. 16.

When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 970-879-2214 and ask for Candice or Katie.

Library seeks volunteers to help lead sand painting

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking volunteers to help manage three days of community sand painting Jan. 3, 4 and 5 in Library Hall. Volunteers will be an on-site liaison to the community as everyone is welcome to try their hand at the ancient Tibetan art of sand painting.

The library seeks lead artists who can commit to being on-site in Library Hall for a two- to three-hour shift. Those interested in volunteering for a lead artist position should contact adult programs coordinator Jennie Lay at or 970-879-0240, ext. 317.

In celebration of the New Year, the library invites the community to celebrate its creative spirit while playing on a new undersea design at the community sand painting table. Available for everyone to try the art form are chakpurs, the Tibetan monks’ authentic sand-painting tools, and plentiful colored sand. A chakpur is a metal funnel with a grated surface along which the artist runs a metal rod. The vibration causes sand to flow like liquid onto the platform. The result is a colorful design that then wiped away in the spirit of impermanence upon completion.

This is a free, all-ages event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for more information.

Some terrain ready to use at historic Howelsen Hill

The Boardwalk at Howelsen Hill is open, allowing the public to access beginner terrain near the base area. The Boardwalk will remain open during normal operating hours, throughout the remainder of the season.

In addition, the Face is open to the second exit and can be accessed via the Poma. Additional terrain, including the Nordic trails, will open once adequate natural snowpack is available.

Day tickets or season passes are required to access the lifts.

For additional information on hours of operation, ticket prices and season pass sales, visit

Construction discussion set for 5:15 p.m. Thursday

Construction individuals working in Routt County are invited to a free panel discussion, “How Are Other Mountain Builders Making the New Building Codes Work Successfully,” at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, on the third floor of the historic Routt County Courthouse, Fifth and Lincoln streets.

Join colleagues for a hot drink and sweet treat and learn from other builders and building officials who are making the new codes work in their similar climate zone 7. The video conference will feature a live panel from Pitkin, Summit and Teton (Wyoming) counties, which have been working in updated building and energy codes for several years.

In addition, the Colorado Energy Office and Colorado Code Consulting are host-ing a free Wednesday Webinar Series on topics related to the updated building codes during the lunch hour Dec. 7 through Feb. 15. Topics range from “Energy Code – The Top 10 Approach to Efficiency” to “IECC for Beginners, Descrambling the Code.” Visit for more information.

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