Traffic signal timing changes implemented on U.S. 40 in Steamboat |

Traffic signal timing changes implemented on U.S. 40 in Steamboat

Colorado Department of Transportation crews are working to enhance signal-timing operations on U.S. Highway 40 through downtown Steamboat Springs. One of the most notable changes is that pedestrians will now need to use the push button controls on the signals to cross Lincoln Avenue/U.S. 40.

Other changes motorists will see is how the Pine Grove/U.S. 40 intersection left turn arrow works from eastbound U.S. 40 onto Pine Grove Road. There will no longer be a green arrow before and after the red signal on U.S. 40.

Motorists should be aware that when implementing a new signal-timing program that CDOT may need to make minor adjustments over the course of testing the system to allow the system to operate as efficiently as possible.

“Families Belong Together” rally to be held in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs area residents will have the opportunity to participate in a “Familes Belong Together” sign-waving rally from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the sidewalk in front of the historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat. The rally is open to the public. Signs will be available.

Electric vehicle Ride-n-Drive scheduled for 11 a.m Saturday

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host the annual Electric Vehicle Ride-n-Drive community education event twice Saturday, and owners of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are encouraged to participate.

This free summer show-n-tell will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the Main Street Steamboat Springs Farmers Market at Seventh and Yampa streets in downtown Steamboat Springs and again 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Olympian Lodge parking lot at Howelsen Hill before the free concert.

The event will showcase several fully electric powered or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, including some available for short test drives, to help community members learn more about these modern, cleaner air vehicles. According to state vehicle registration records through April, Routt County is home to 24 electric vehicles and 132 electric/gasoline hybrid vehicles.

This year’s EV Ride-n-Drive will feature a 238-mile-range, all-electric Chevy Bolt, Tesla model X, Chevy Volt and electric bicycles and mountain bikes.

Volunteers needed for Tour de Steamboat slated for July 22

The Tour de Steamboat cycling event on July 22 is a non-competitive ride offering four distance options — from 26 to 116 miles — for cyclists of all ages and abilities. All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat benefit local nonprofits, Partners in Routt County, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS), Routt County Riders and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions leading up to the event and the day of the ride. To sign up to volunteer out on the course, email To sign for set up or clean up of post-ride barbecue, visit

All volunteers receive a Tour de Steamboat T-shirt and a ticket for the barbecue. More information on the event can be found at

Steamboat Springs student graduates from School of Mines

Rachel Pierce, daughter of Ed and Pam Pierce of Steamboat Springs, recently graduated cum laude from Colorado School of Mines in Golden with a degree in chemical and biological engineering and a minor in chemistry. Pierce currently is working as an intern at ACZ Laboratories, Inc. in Steamboat.

Heeling Friends is celebrating 20 years of animal-assisted therapy in Routt County with a float in Steamboat Springs’ July Fourth Parade. Past Heeling Friends members are invited to join the group during the parade. For more information, email

Steamboat students graduates from RIT

Aaron Schwartz, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with an associates of arts degree in applied arts and sciences. The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability and fine and applied arts.

Community Ag Alliance offers farmers market

The Community Agriculture Alliance hosts a Friday Farmers Market weekly where people can purchase vegetables, eggs, meat and other locally-produced items. After the first order, the cost to join the market is $25 per year. Most products and their availability change along with the seasons. People can reserve what they’d like online at and pick it up on Friday.

State driver’s license fees to change Sunday

The fee for a driver’s license in Colorado is set to increase by $1 to $28 on Sunday, July 1. The fee increase is intended to offset the cost of providing driver services.

This fee increase is the last of three written into the current law, which included a $1 price increase in the cost of driver’s licenses each year since 2015.

Visit for more information.

Residents encouraged to renew licenses online

Colorado residents who renew their driver’s licenses or identification cards online will now receive a newly designed card.

Renewing online allows customers to avoid visiting a Department of Motor Vehicle office. It also offers individuals the opportunity to update their current physical and mailing addresses.

Individuals may renew their driver license up to two consecutive times online. The most recent photo on file with the DMV is used when renewing online.

Last year, only 29 percent of eligible residents took advantage of the online renewal option. Individuals are encouraged to renew online for their convenience.

Colorado unveiled the new driver’s license and identification card at three pilot offices in March. All driver license offices across the state are issuing the new design.

Steamboat Creates seeks Routt creatives

Steamboat Creates, the official brand of the Steamboat Springs Creative District, is in the process of creating a county-wide inventory of every creative who calls Routt County home, and the group needs the help of local residents.

To measure the economic and social benefits of arts and culture on the community, the Creative District is compiling a comprehensive inventory of all creatives: vocalists, musicians, artists, sculptors, poets, actors, writers, craft-brewers, print-makers, bands, jewelry makers, architects, designers and others involved in creative endeavors.

Send the following info to Melissa Hampton at name; address; phone number; email; medium: and how many years in Routt County.

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