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Women’s March in Steamboat Springs emphasizes ‘power to the polls’

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Sunday morning snow storm was not about to keep hundreds of residents from marching down Lincoln Avenue during the Women’s March in Steamboat Springs.

The second-annual event was held on the same date last year, which was the day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Similar marches, attended by men, women and children voicing their opinions on a variety of issues, were held across the country over the weekend.

Steamboat resident Yvonne Truelove and her mother Valerie McLarrin-Clark attended Saturday’s march in Denver, which they described as magical. They then beat the storm and came back to Steamboat.

“We find it’s important to be one of the numbers in big cities,” Truelove said. “It’s also important to be part of this community, and we wanted to do both.”

Truelove and her mother were concerned about a number of issues facing the country.

“There are so many,” Truelove said. “The way that the world has changed in the last year, and what people find as acceptable all of the sudden, it never would have been before and going out there and saying, ‘no, it’s not OK.’”

She was still optimistic about the future.

“With all these people here, and all the people in Denver and around the country and the world, I think that we will make a difference,” Truelove said.

Longtime Steamboat resident Peggy Frias strapped on cross-country skis to march through the fresh snow.

Frias said she was planning on going downhill skiing Sunday morning, but she changed her mind and decided to march after speaking to her daughter, who is a first-year law student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

“This is the first march I’ve done,” Frias said. “I’ve never gone out and campaigned or anything like that. I’m just a little concerned with the direction our country is going in. I’m a little frightened.”

Artemis Loomis marched with her 6-year-old daughter Quinn, who held a sign with the words “future voter.”

“We just think it’s important that little kids and women and all people have their voices heard,” Loomis said.

At the rally on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, which concluded the march, 11-year-old Charlotte Teuscher held a sign advocating for the environment.

“I care about the Earth, and I guess I wanted to tell people that,” Charlotte said. “If we keep on going like this, we won’t have a planet to live on.”

Solange Guenier Chambers, who has lived in Steamboat since 2011, was one of the performers during the rally.

She was born in Havana, Cuba, is married to a U.S. citizen and is raising a young daughter.

“Right now, I’m in the process of getting my citizenship,” Guenier Chambers said. “Hopefully, I’ll get it before November so I can vote. I just have to be patient.”

Helen Beall, who helped organize the march, estimated it was attended by about 500 people.

“The theme for the march was power to the polls,” Beall said. “To get people voting, keep people voting and also to get more women to run for office — Democrat, Republican, whoever you are.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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