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— The 2001 graduating class of Leadership Steamboat has already left its imprint on the community.

Michael Peilet told 55 people at a Chamber Business to Business luncheon this week that the group took on restoration work at the city's Legacy Ranch barns as its group project.

"We scraped and painted the barns," Peilet said. "They date from the early part of the century. I encourage people driving south on U.S. 40 toward (County Road) 131 to take a look at the project."

Peilet is one of 15 participants in Leadership Steamboat who have devoted a full day every two weeks since September to learning more about their community and acquiring new interpersonal skills. The program is sponsored by the Chamber and Colorado Mountain College. The Chamber's Sandy Evans-Hall and CMC's Dan Schaffrick act as class facilitators.

Schaffrick told his audience the program is observing its 10th anniversary this year, and is the envy of other communities on the Western Slope. The class alums include "half a dozen bank officers, elected public officials, department supervisors both in private business and in government," and even the principle organizers of the annual cabaret, which spoofs life in Steamboat, Schaffrick said.

Ellen Stein, who represented the Community Agriculture Alliance, said participants in Leadership Steamboat were exposed to different viewpoints about Routt County's undeveloped land.

Alan Keeffe said the group received an immersion in the operations of many of the communities not for profit organizations, and through them a better understanding of the community. They also got a jaw-dropping tour of RAG's Cyprus Twentymile underground coal mine.

"It could only happen in a place like Steamboat, where people are focused on future issues, not just on today," Keeffe said.

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