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LODGING BAROMETER SHOWS TOURSIST SEASON ON THE DECLINE

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe lodging barometer prepared by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association indicates that Steamboat's ski season has clearly passed its peak as the resort winds up the 19th week of the season.

Steamboat lodging properties were forecasted to be 52 percent full March 31, with 7,575 guests occupying those rooms. That compares to a forecast of 8,168 guests for the corresponding Saturday a year ago.

Looking ahead, tourism will hold fairly steady through the upcoming weekend, and Steamboat lodging properties are expected to be a little busier this year, than they were at the same time last year.

The early forecast for April 7, 2001, is that there will be 5,974 visitors here. That number still has time to move upward.

The forecast for this coming Saturday compares favorably to last year, when the chamber was expecting 5,633 guests on the second to last weekend of the ski season.

CATTLE WOMEN TO SHOW THOSE INTERESTED WHERE THE BEEF IS

HAYDENThis year's Rout County CattleWomen's Association's spring gathering will give members and interested parities an opportunity to learn about agricultural in the classroom.

After the it's annual spring business meeting, on April 7, the CattleWomen will hold an hour-long class about beef education.

This will allow the CattleWomen, who pride themselves on informing the public on the cattle industry, to brush up an agricultural education skills, according to a a press release.

Followed by the class will be a luncheon.

The gathering is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 7 at the Hayden Congregational Church.

NEXT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CODE MEETING SET FOR MONDAY

STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe next round of discussions on the city's new Community Development Code will cover Article 5, which consists of the rules governing development standards in the city.

City Council will compare the difference in standards for different zones, looking at issues like setbacks, building height and percentage of open space, among others.

The city may change the equations used to calculate the allowable height of a building, as well as the lot coverage and amount of floor area allowed, said Planning Director Wendie Schulenberg.

The city may also make changes to the landscaping standards in the current code, she said.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday at Centennial Hall.

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