Steamboat briefs: 9.7K visitors expected to be in Steamboat on Saturday

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About 9,700 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 65 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are expected to be 69 percent full and condos are forecast to be 55 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 11,900 visitors were expected to arrive, but 12,800 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

Lodging is expected to dip to 5,300 Wednesday.

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.

Town of Hayden to spray for mosquitoes Tuesday

The town of Hayden will be spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday if weather allows. If weather conditions are adverse, the spraying will take place on the next day that has favorable conditions.

Alive at 25 driving class is Tuesday at high school

An Alive at 25 defensive driving course is from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School. The class is required for all Steamboat Spring High School students park on campus next school year and for new drivers who want to get a learner’s permit at age 15 1/2. Register for the free course at www.coloradosafedriver.com, or contact instructor Dennis Hensen at 970-879-3685 or dhensen@sssd.k12.co.us. Shell Oil and Grand Futures have provided grants to help pay for the class.

Boating rules apply to stand-up paddleboards

With the increasing popularity of stand-up paddleboards on local rivers and state park reservoirs, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding users that boating rules and regulations apply to the vessels, according to a news release.

Anyone operating canoes and kayaks, a surfboard, inner tube, paddleboard or any similar watercraft is required to wear a personal flotation device per the agency’s boating regulations.

There were nine boating deaths in Colorado in 2012, including a stand-up paddleboarder, according to the release.

“All nine victims died from drowning, and none of them were wearing a life jacket,” said Kris Wahlers, boating safety coordinator for Parks and Wildlife. “No one plans on having an accident when they’re enjoying a day on the water, but they still happen every day.

Also remember:

■ All children younger than 13 are required to wear a properly fitting, approved personal flotation device at all times while on a paddleboard or other watercraft that requires their use.

■ A sound-producing device such as a whistle is required on a paddleboard.

■ Contact information including a name and phone number or address must be written on the paddleboard.

■ Paddleboards are not permitted in designated swim areas in state parks.

■ Operating any type of watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.

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