Steamboat briefs: 8,300 visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday

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About 8,300 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 56 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 95 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 74 percent capacity and condos are expected to be 40 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 7,300 visitors were expected to arrive, but 8,500 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

Lodging is expected to increase to 8,900 on Wednesday, when the USA Pro Challenge will finish Stage 3 at about 4:45 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Emerald will close this weekend for Stinger races

The Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area west of Steamboat Springs will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race and marathon. 

About 15 miles of roads and trails within the recreation management area — including the Ridge Trail, Cow Creek Road and Beall Trail — are part of the race courses.

For more information, contact the BLM Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000. 

For more information about the race, visit www.honeystinger.com/steamboatstinger.html.

Atmos Energy warns about latest utility customer scam

Atmos Energy is warning customers about the latest utility scam where customers are contacted by scammers demanding payment of past due balances, according to a news release.

Atmos Energy does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options. Atmos Energy will verify all account information before proceeding to take any payment.

Atmos Energy offers the following payment options:

■ By phone

■ Online, using a debit card, credit card or checking account information: www.atmosenergy.com/home/payment/index.html

■ At an authorized payment location: www.atmosenergy.com/accountcenter/paymentcenter/outsideAC.html

Those who have any concerns about the legitimacy of the call should hang up and call Atmos Energy at 1-888-286-6700.

Rehearsals for Yampa Valley Singers will begin Aug. 27

Weekly rehearsals for Yampa Valley Singers will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. The registration fee is $35. The group will perform “A Great Night for Singing” on Nov. 15 and 16. For more information, call director Anna Williams at 970-218-4882.

LIFT-UP seeks volunteers for thrift store, food bank

LIFT-UP of Routt County is in need of volunteers to work in the thrift store and donation center at 2125 Curve Court in Steamboat Springs. Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds, and duties include sorting and pricing donated items, stocking shelves and straightening up display areas. Shifts are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The LIFT-UP Food Bank also is seeking volunteers to work as desk clerks. Volunteers must have computer and interpersonal skills and must be able to honor client confidentiality. Shifts are available between 1 and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For a volunteer application or more information, contact office manager Vicky Ho at admin@springsips.com or 970-870-0727.

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Mirko Erspamer

Mirko Erspamer named to spring dean’s list at CSU

Mirko Erspamer, a 2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the dean’s list at Colorado State University for the spring 2013 semester. He had a GPA of 3.812.

Steamboat school district accepts board nominations

The Steamboat Springs School District is accepting nominations for three Steamboat Springs School Board seats for the November 2013 election. Directors will be elected in Steamboat Springs School Districts 1, 2 and 3 on Nov. 5. A district boundary map is on display at the district office and on the district website.

Candidates must be registered voters and must reside in the district they wish to represent on the board of education. Nomination petitions may be obtained at the Steamboat Springs School District Office, 325 Seventh St. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Petitions require 50 eligible electors’ signatures.

The deadline for submitting the nomination petitions to the election official is 4 p.m. Aug. 30. Call election official Deb Ginesta at 970-871-3193 with questions.

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