Student from Hayden High School awarded $2K scholarship |

Student from Hayden High School awarded $2K scholarship

Nicholas Pederson, of Hayden, has been selected to receive a $2,000 University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship. He was chosen for the honor from more than 600 applicants. Pederson plans to attend Lincoln Tech in Denver to study diesel mechanics. 

Entries being accepted for Crane Festival photo contest

The Greater Sandhill Cranes have returned to the Yampa Valley, and the 2018 Yampa Valley Crane Festival is sponsoring its annual photo contest. Photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs of this iconic bird by email to

Two submissions per person are allowed. Photographers must indicate their entry category: professional, amateur or youth (under 18). Along with each photo, the entrant must include the photographer’s name, age, phone number, location of photo, date it was taken and a title for the image. Photos submitted to the photo contest must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 13.

Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at

Library slated to screen ukulele documentary on Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free community screening of “Life on Four Strings,” in celebration of the new collection of Bud Ukes, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 in Library Hall. This one-hour documentary follows ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro over the course of a musical season — a portrait of a musician whose mastery on the ukulele has transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, this film reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour, the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame and the loneliness of separation from home and family.

A 30-something, fourth-generation Japanese American, Shimabukuro was born and raised in Honolulu, the child of parents who both loved music. Shimabukuro’s mother, Carol, played the ukulele and began to teach him at age four, as soon as his fingers were big enough to reach the chords.

The film captures his appearances at schools, providing glimpses of a man at ease with himself and happy to introduce children to the joy of music.

For more information about the film and the library’s new free ukulele loan program, visit

Opera Steamboat in search of volunteers

Opera Steamboat is in need of front-of-the-house volunteers for the 2018 summer opera festival. Volunteer duties include ushering, box office and concessions. All volunteers will be trained prior to the production and will have free admittance to the show.

Dates for the shows are as follows.

“The Proposal,” Aug. 1, 2, 3 and 6; “Don Giovanni,” Aug. 9; and “The Cunning Little Vixen,” Aug. 10 and 11. Contact or 970-879-1996 for more information and to sign up.

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