Yoga in the Botanic Park begins Saturday, runs through Sept. 1 |

Yoga in the Botanic Park begins Saturday, runs through Sept. 1

The summer yoga program at the Yampa River Botanic Park begins Saturday, June 2. All levels of yoga experience are welcome to join on the lawn of the Botanic Park from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through Sept. 1, weather permitting. Park admission is free, and yoga class is by donation. A suggested $10 donation helps support the park. Bring a mat or towel and water. A sweet treat will be provided after class as a thank you for supporting the park. Call or text Patty Zimmer at 970-846-5608 for more information.

Road closures associated with Sunday’s marathon announced

The 37th annual Steamboat Marathon is Sunday, June 3. As a result of the event, motorists traveling in the area should expect significant traffic delays.
There will be two traffic lanes — one in each direction — on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the marathon. The westbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets for the finish of the Steamboat Marathon, half-marathon and 10K races. The closure will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Traffic control will be in place on Routt County Road 129. Northbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted to the left lane just past the entrance to Elk River Estates and will proceed north to Cullen’s Corner. Southbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted at Cullen’s Corner onto Routt County Road 44 and then back onto C.R. 129 just north of the airport.
From Cullen’s Corner north to the start of the half-marathon near Moon Hill, there will be one-way traffic, controlled by a pilot car leading traffic on the west side of the road.
Call the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-879-0880 for more information.

Old Town Hot Springs receives $150K grant from Daniels Fund

The Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Denver-based Daniels Fund to help with the building expansion and remodeling of the current facility.
The capital expansion campaign, “It’s in the Water,” will raise funds for a building expansion, remodeling, critical pool improvements and increased programming for all ages to meet growing demand. During the past decade visits by members and guests to Old Town Hot Springs have grown significantly from 100,000 to 300,000 annually.
“Our thanks goes out to the Daniels Fund for their recognition of the importance of OTHS as a significant asset to the community,” said Jack Trautman, president of the Old Town Hot Springs board of directors. “The long-term impact of the capital campaign project will have substantial benefits for our community and its visitors.”
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program and ethics initiative.
The total cost of the five-year project is $10 million dollars, and $5.6 million is already raised. The first phase of the plan, presently underway, is to add 15,000 square feet to the current building, allowing for expansion of indoor programming for all ages in fitness, health and wellness, and nutrition. Phase two of the project will focus on renovating the lap pools and surrounding play areas.

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition writing competition winners announced

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition initiated the first Yampa Valley Crane Festival Writing Competition this year, and high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties were invited to submit an original piece of writing inspired by the Greater Sandhill Crane.
The work had to be original and it had to accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of the species.
The first prize winner, who received a $1,500 scholarsihp, was Hannah Heil, of Steamboat Springs High School. Second prize was awarded to Charlee Veilleux, of Soroco High School, and the third-place winner was Kailee Davis, of Steamboat Springs High School. The second and third place winners received a certificate and a book about cranes.
Other students who entered the contest were Sarah Heineke, Jordyn Hetrick, Ben Kelley, Amanda Perlman, Lana Pivarnik and Max Skov.
Winners will be honored at the seventh annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival scheduled for Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

South Routt libraries announce theme for summer reading program

“Libraries Rock!” is the theme for the summer reading program at South Routt libraries for 3- to 12-year-old children, which will kick off in mid-June. Kids can explore and learn about songwriters and singers, play instruments and create musical crafts, science and engineering experiments and costumes.
There will also be a prize drawing at the end of the program for all who participate, and families are invited to join the read-to-me portion of the program for younger children. A reading club will be also be available for children who can read on their own.
The program in Oak Creek will begin at 1 p.m. June 19 and in Yampa at 10:30 a.m. June 20 and will be held on these respective days for eight weeks. There will be no program during the week of July 4.  Call the Oak Creek library at 970-736-8371 or the Yampa library at 970-638-4654 or visit for more information.

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