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COMPETITION FOR GUESTS INCREASES AMONG AREA HOTELS
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe competition for guests at traditional highway motels on U.S. 40 is on the rise. Since 1995, the number of available rooms has grown from 644 to 739.
Most of the growth has come on the city's east side, where name-brand motels greet motorists coming to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass from Denver. In that hotel district, there are 327 rooms spread among six motels. That compares to just 142 rooms in the same area in 1995.
Downtown Steamboat accounts for a similar number of motel rooms 326 spread among eight properties. The total number of rooms is down by two from five years ago.
The strip of U.S. 40 between town and the mountain accounts for 86 active motel rooms.
See related story on page 1B.

CITY TO PRESENT YAMPA RIVER STUDY PLANS AT OPEN HOUSE
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a public open house from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall to present study plans for the Yampa River that will start shortly.
The staff of the Aquatic and Wetland Co., the consulting firm chosen by the river user's committee to develop the plan, will be present. The AWC project managers, along with Parks and Recreation staff members, will be available to discuss river study plans to the public. Chris Wilson, Parks and Recreation director, says they are looking for public input and comments about the proposed study and plan development.

HAYDEN HUNTING SAFETY INSTRUCTOR GETS STATE AWARD
HAYDENEvery year the Colorado Division of Wildlife recognizes one instructor who teaches a course on hunter safety.
This year the DOW selected Hayden native Tim Frentress to receive the award for providing outstanding achievement and dedication to teaching the course. For the past six years, Frentress, 46, has taught hunter safety to youths in the Yampa Valley. In that time, he has taught 150 students.
Group urges area residents
to mend fences literally

GROUP URGES AREA RESIDENTS TO MEND FENCESLITERALLY
STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Community Agricultural Alliance wants locals to come out and fix some fence.
The local nonprofit agency that is focused on strengthening the ties between the agricultural and urban community are sponsoring a community fence day June 2. The volunteers will be separated into teams and learn one of the oldest agricultural trades there is, fixing fence.
Along with single volunteers, the Ag Alliance encourages friends and co-workers to put a fence-fixing team together.
For more information, call 879-4370.

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