Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Aug. 31

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Weather: Steamboat should be mostly sunny with a high near 83. There is a chance of showers in the late morning.

Local news

• Craig residents on Thursday night echoed the sentiments of some Hayden residents who have said that they need to diversify their economy and that a casino could help them do that. Craig residents sound off on proposed Hayden casino

• Vista Verde Guest Ranch north of Steamboat Springs is one of three Routt County dude ranches recognized in the inaugural All Signature Ranch Awards hosted by www.duderanch.com. Routt County dude ranches earn Signature Ranch Awards

• Mineral rights owners who have hundreds of thousands of dollars tied up in energy development have formed a group to advocate for their property rights. Energy rights owners in Routt advocate for property rights

• The U.S. Forest Service and Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit remind residents and visitors to be aware of fire danger as well as danger from falling trees during Labor Day weekend. Safety tips offered for Labor Day weekend

• This week, the Gypsy Lumberjacks are in Colorado playing shows in Denver, Golden and Fort Collins. On Friday, the 3 1/2-year-old band makes its Steamboat debut at Old Town Pub. World music, bluegrass band to make Steamboat debut Friday

• Four local artists recently launched the new Steamboat Springs Plein Air Painters group, a small collective that aims to foster the growth of outdoor painting in the Yampa Valley. Steamboat Plein Air Painters have eye, brushes for the outdoors

• Friends of the Chief has a new plan and might be closer than ever to closing — for good this time — on the Chief Plaza Theater building the nonprofit hopes to renovate into a performing arts venue in downtown Steamboat Springs. Friends of the Chief has new plan to finance theater purchase

• An Oak Creek business owner is hoping to have a successful year so she can purchase security cameras to catch the person who has been stealing her brisket. Oak Creek business owner hoping to catch brisket thief

• Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are investigating a burglary that occurred at The Boathouse Pub in downtown Steamboat on Wednesday night. Yampa Street bar burglarized overnight Wednesday

• Police in Hayden are hoping to find the person or people who lit several rolls of toilet paper on fire late Wednesday night in the restrooms at Hayden Town Park. Hayden police searching for arson suspects

• The construction of fishing piers and a trail connecting the day-use area with the campground will require Hahn's Peak Lake to be drained by 10 feet. Hahn's Peak Lake to be partially drained for trail construction

• Hot temperatures on the Front Range could drive tourists to Steamboat, where highs are predicted to sill be in the 80s, for Labor Day weekend. Projected Labor Day tourism in Steamboat Springs outpacing 2011

Routt County events calendar for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

Mary Walker: A better path leads to a special Kenyan wedding

A Dog's Eye View: Teach old dogs new tricks

Community Agriculture Alliance: Thanks to those who support fair

Rob Douglas: Casino falls short on public policy

The Record for Aug. 29, 2012

Steamboat briefs: Prudential Steamboat hosts Labor Day Open House tour

Local sports and outdoors

• If you’re going to knock something off the bucket list, it might as well fill a big bucket. That’s my reasoning, anyway, behind camping at a lung-busting 16,200 feet in the Peruvian Andes on a four-day, mule-assisted backpack trip to the source of the Amazon River — a far cry from our Yampa River back home. Backpacking to the source of the Amazon

• It never takes long to figure out what type of team the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team will be, and it all starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at home against Centaurus. Steamboat Springs soccer team begins another season

• The Steamboat Springs High School golf team struggled at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, carding a team score of 236. The score left the Sailors in the middle of the pack. Steamboat Springs High School golf team struggles Thursday

• The Ride For Dirt mountain bike race will serve as a fundraiser for Routt County Riders. Steamboat Springs to host benefit ride for Routt County Riders

• The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team readies for a new season, having lost nine seniors. Steamboat Springs volleyball team looks to new season

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