Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Regional Airport gets OK to hire


— Yampa Valley Regional Airport received approval Tuesday to hire a mechanic. The Routt County Board of Commissioners waived the county's hiring freeze, citing public safety concerns, as well as the fact that taxpayers don't directly fund the position. The Hayden airport's mechanic left this spring, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said. The mechanic cares for about 40 pieces of equipment necessary for airport functions. The person also fills in when others are absent, sometimes driving runway snowplows, Ruppel said.

YVRA will start advertising the position immediately. The mechanic will work 36 hours a week and will make $16.62 per hour, which reflects the 10 percent pay cut and furlough program for Routt County employees. Airport fees fund airport positions, Ruppel said.

Hahn's Peak Museum open noon to 4 p.m. for summer

The Hahn's Peak Museum opened for the summer Saturday and will be open from noon to 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day. The schoolhouse is closed temporarily for painting and will be open after the project is completed.

Friday is last day to apply for Realtor scholarships

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is awarding Renewable College Scholarships to past Board of Realtors scholarship recipients. Visit for application guidelines, or call the Board of Realtors at 879-4663, ext. 12. The deadline to submit applications is Friday.

Writers conference July 18 at the Depot Art Center

The 28th annual Steamboat Springs Writers Conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street. The cost of $60 covers four seminars and a catered luncheon. Instructors are young adult novelist Wick Downing and short story writer Erika Krouse. The conference is sponsored by the Steamboat Writers Group and the Steamboat Arts Council, for beginners and published writers. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Visit, or call Susan at 879-8138.

Registration open for Steamboat Triathlon

Registration is under way for the 2009 Steamboat Triathlon, Aug. 30 at Lake Catamount. The Steamboat Springs Triathlon is limited to 650 entries and sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the sport's national governing body. For more information, go to


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