Steamboat briefs: Yampatika appoints Mudgett as development director |

Steamboat briefs: Yampatika appoints Mudgett as development director

 Anne Mudgett has been appointed as Yampatika’s development director, which is a new part-time role for the organization that connects people with nature and inspires environment stewardship through education.

Mudgett has worked in the noprofit sector for nearly 20 years and previously ran her own consulting practice helping local, Front Range and statewide organizations to develop and implement effective fundraising programs.

With the recent departure of executive director Sonja Macys, Mudgett will be responsible for fulfilling the key tasks outside the scope of program staff, such as fundraising, donor relations, grant writing and financial management. The organization intends to promote from within the organization over the course of the next year to fill the role of executive director.

 “Anne brings a depth of experience in development work for nonprofit organizations,” said Shari Fryer, board chair at Yampatika, in a news release. “She is a seasoned professional with a passion for environmental education. As a long-term resident of Steamboat Springs with a robust local network, we are confident that Anne is the right addition to our quality team.”

Mudgett holds a masters of arts and bachelor of arts both in English from Colorado State University. She is an avid trail runner, mountain biker and Nordic skier and an adventurous home cook. And, she said she is still as excited about skiing Steamboat as she was 25 years ago.

“I am thrilled to be working with Yampatika,” Mudgett said. “I look forward to being a part of getting more kids and adults outdoors and into nature through Yampatika’s diverse program offerings.”

She starts in her new role Nov. 2.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area passes to go on sale today

Season passes to Howelsen Hill Ski Area will go on sale today at the Howelsen Hill concession stand. Passes can be purchased from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, today through Nov. 6 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 through 27. The concession stand will continue to sell passes during normal operating hours through the season. Season pass prices for an Alpine pass are: $100 for seniors 65 and older; $180 for adults age 19 to 64; $120 for youth age 6 to 18; and $35 for children 5 and younger. Prices increase after Nov. 21.

Hours and price breakdowns for Nordic trail passes and combined passes can be found at

Howelsen Hill Alpine and Nordic trails will open Saturday, Nov. 28, conditions permitting. Call 970-879-8499 for information about the Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center and for the daily grooming report.

Yampa Valley Youth Chorus fall session starts Oct. 30

The Yampa Valley Youth Chorus will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Fridays at the Soda Creek Elementary music room, and the second fall session begins Oct. 30. New singers are welcome to join the group.

The choir will perform a free public concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets, in collaboration with the Youth Chorus from Hayden. Performers and the audience are encouraged to come in costume.


valleyyouthchorus or call the city of Steamboat Springs Afterschool Action program at 970-879-4300 for more information.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay and neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit

Library book club set to host science fiction series

Bud Werner Memorial Library Book Club is hosting a science fiction series during fall. 

The first book celebrates the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” a futuristic tale of noble houses grappling for control of a hostile planet called Dune, which contains the universe’s only repository of a highly valuable spice.

It has been called a masterwork of science fiction and a spiritual brother to “The Lord of the Rings.”

Pick up a copy at the front desk of the library, and sign up for the Nov. 11 discussion.

ATV users reminded to take precaution during fall

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to take precautions on ATVs. Of all ATV-related deaths, 92 percent are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. The VNA and the ATV Safety Institute remind residents to follow the golden 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.

For a young rider readiness checklist and other safety tips, visit

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