CITY GRANT GOING TO RANCH AID
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe city has received a $103,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society to restore a portion of the bunk house and ranch house on the Legacy Ranch.
The Yampa River Legacy Project property, near the intersection of Colorado 131 and U.S. 40, extends from the river bottom where a hay meadow borders the Yampa River for one and a half miles to the top of the aspen and spruce forests of Emerald Mountain. About 25 percent of the land is held by public agencies, while 75 percent is in the hands of private owners.
The city had actually applied for only $100,000, but received an additional $3,000.
TOURISM NUMBERS OFF A BIT
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSDowntown lodging properties and mountain condominiums are hoping for walk-up business during this three-day holiday weekend that concludes Feb. 19. The lodging barometer prepared by the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association forecasted on Feb. 14, that slightly fewer tourists would be skiing here this holiday weekend 13,233 on Saturday, Feb. 17, compared to 13,378 compared to Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.
However, downtown lodging properties were expected to be off more with an 88 percent occupancy rate compared to 99 percent a year ago.
Resort wide, occupancy rates can be misleading because a significant number of new hotel and condo rooms have been added to Steamboat's bed base. But those additions have not come in the downtown area.
BEEF CO-OP WINS BIG AWARD
HAYDENYampa Valley Beef was one of the first winners of the Colorado Agricultural Innovation Award, which was presented by the Colorado Department of Agriculture last week.
The award honors the company for its ability to succeed as a locally owned business providing a locally grown product to local businesses. Yampa Valley Beef sells hamburgers to 22 restaurants and retail outlets in Routt County. With its profits, the company annually contributes to a land conservation organization to help protect working landscapes.
Mebane Farms won the individual producer category, and Yampa Valley Beef won the group, company and cooperative category.
"These companies exemplify not only hard work and dedication but also creativity in their businesses," said Don Ament, ag commissioner. "They are great examples of how innovative thinking can create success for agricultural companies in Colorado."
HORSE ARENA NEARLY COMPLETE
HAYDENHayden resident Keith Barnett is putting the finishing touches on an indoor horse arena.
Barnett is hopeful the arena, which has been named "2 Socks," will be ready to open by the end of the month. Barnett is having the arena built close to his home, 39565 County Road 37.