Supplies collected at Backpacks & Bubbles event set for Aug. 2 |

Supplies collected at Backpacks & Bubbles event set for Aug. 2

Women United is collecting school supplies for children going into kindergarten and will be assembling backpacks and supplies during its annual Backpacks & Bubbles event, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 in the Champagne Room at Rex’s Bar & Grill. Contact or 970-879-5605 to donate supplies and RSVP for the event by today. The event is sponsored by Glas Deffryn Ranch of Oak Creek.

Yampa Valley Electric to relocate power line at Howelsen Hill

Yampa Valley Electric Association will begin work to relocate power lines on Howelsen Hill in late July or early August. The project will remove two existing overhead power lines in the existing Howelsen landside area and relocate one new line to a less visible location. Instead of two sets of poles, both lines can be accommodated on one set of poles.

The installed line will also provide new power service to the top of Howelsen Hill, which will allow the city to expand services for snowmaking or chairlift operations, if desired. These lines provide service to the communications towers on top of Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill as well as service to the Brooklyn and Mount Werner substations, which provide the majority of power delivery to the city and associated areas.

The project is anticipated to begin later this month or at the beginning of August and will focus first on clearing the right of way area. During October and November, construction will begin, and the old line will be retired.

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.

Construction during the project will use the existing Blackmere Drive on Emerald Mountain for access to the top of Howelsen Hill and existing roads and access points on Howelsen Hill for construction on the lower portions of the hill. All disturbed areas will be re-vegetated by YVEA to 75 percent coverage within one year and 100 percent coverage within three years.

YVEA will coordinate with the city of Steamboat Springs Parks & Recreation Department on required closures and detours during the project. City staff is working to minimize the impact on trails and events and will post notices should closure be necessary.

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