Steamboat briefs: Youth basketball league is now accepting registrants

Steamboat Springs Youth Recreation League Basketball, powered by the High Altitude Basketball program, is now accepting registrations for the 2015 season. Interested boys and girls in third through sixth grades can register online at or by calling 970-291-9448.

Relief fund set up at bank for Royal Hotel victims

A new relief fund donation account has been set up at Alpine Bank to help those affected by the Royal Hotel burning down in Yampa earlier this month.

All donations can be dropped off at the Steamboat Springs Alpine Bank branch at 1901 Pine Grove Road, Suite 101.

Denver’s 9News is planning to visit Yampa on Saturday afternoon for part of a follow-up story to the Royal Hotel, which burned down in the early morning hours of Jan. 4. The Royal was 109 years old and served as a permanent residence for a few locals, and was a Yampa favorite social establishment.

National Safety Month to feature helicopter showcase

Steamboat Ski Area and Classic Air Medical will allow guests to get up close to a Bell 407 helicopter air ambulance involved in mountain safety, remote response and search and rescue operations during an event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Tower Trail, the top of the gondola.

This event is part of an effort to promote increased awareness during National Safety Month. Sunday has been set as weather back up day for the event.

After a patrol training exercise Thursday, Classic Air Medical again will land one of its red and white helicopters at mid-mountain Saturday. Guests can check out the inside of this incredible craft while learning safety tips from the talented on-board crew. The flight crew will be on hand for approximately two hours.

For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Classic Air Medical opened its base at the Steamboat Springs Airport on March 1, 2014, and recently reached the 100-mission milestone nine months later. Classic Air Medical employs eight medical crew members, four pilots and a full-time mechanic ready to respond to a call at all times, covering search and rescue, remote scene responses, inter-facility transports, 24-hour dispatch and rotor and fixed wing transports.

The Bell 407 helicopter integrates reliability, speed, performance and maneuverability with a cabin configurable for an array of missions and payloads. Its Rolls Royce 250-C47B turbine engine delivers exceptional high altitude and high performance with the ability to cruise at 140 knots.

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