Steamboat briefs: 9,800 visitors expected to be in town this weekend

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About 9,800 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 66 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 76 percent. On the mountain, hotels are at 75 percent and condos are expected to be 59 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 8,600 visitors were expected to arrive, but 9,800 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

Lodging is expected to dip to 7,800 on 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.

Mainstreet Steamboat seeks entries for chili challenge

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is seeking entries for the eighth annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge on Sept. 1. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Eighth Street. Competitors can enter the red, green or other chili as well as salsa and cornbread categories. Taster kits are available to the public for $10 and will include a ballot for choosing your chili. Entry forms are available at www.mainstreetsteamboat.com or by emailing tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com. For more information, call 970-846-1800.

Grant awarded to Routt to be used to remove fencing

Routt County received one of 18 grants awarded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Grant funding will be used to remove 0.78 miles of barbed wire fencing on wildlife migration corridors in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest on Lone Spring Butte just east of Yampa, according to a news release.

Foundation grants, which total $260,769 for 2013, directly affect 19 counties in Colorado, including Routt. Foundation funding impacts nearly 6,000 acres of Colorado elk habitat and also supports research efforts, a wounded veterans’ elk hunt and several hunting heritage outreach gatherings, according to the release.

“This latest round of grants further solidifies our longstanding commitment to elk and elk country in Colorado,” foundation President and CEO David Allen said in the release.

From 1985 to 2012, the foundation and its partners completed more than 570 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Colorado with a combined value of more than $147 million, according to the release.

Trail workday is Saturday on Emerald Mountain

A Routt County Riders trail workday is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Emerald Mountain. Work will take place on the first mile of the Ridge Trail to make it accessible to hand cyclists.

“We made terrific progress cleaning up the trail edges in early July, but we weren’t able to complete the necessary work to make the trail accessible for hand cyclists all the way to the beginning of the Rotary Trail,” trail crew leader Aryeh Copa said in a press release. “We are excited to get out there and finish the project so that STARS can get some of its adaptive athletes out there on the dirt.”

Volunteers should meet at the Rotary/Ridge Trailhead on Routt County Road (Cow Creek Road) at 9 a.m. The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Adaptive Recreations Sports a joining in the effort, as well.

Tools, lunch and beverages will be provided, but volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves, a backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, a cap and water.

Those who are interested in helping should register to trails@routtcountyriders.org or at www.goo.gl/KL8lO.

Classes on dewatering, working on waterways

The city of Steamboat Springs and Altitude Training Associates are offering two half-day classes on construction dewatering and working in waterways. The classes will be held Wednesday at Citizens Hall at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

The first class, “BMPS for Working in Waterways,” is from 8 a.m. to noon. The course will provide information about selection, design, installation, maintenance and inspection of practices for erosion and sedimentation during construction in and around waterways.

The second class, “Construction Dewatering Operations,” is from 1 to 5 p.m. This course is designed to guide personnel involved in construction dewatering operations, which includes removal of groundwater accumulations from excavations or the discharge of process water.

The cost is $100 per class. For more information or to register, contact Tom Gore at 303-886-1133 or info@altitudeta.com.

STARS event is set for Aug. 4 to benefit programs

The third annual STARS Biking the Boat Gran Fondo Charity Ride is slated for Aug. 4. The event benefits recreational programs for people with disabilities.

The ride offers various distance options, including a 5-mile all-abilities ride, 26- and 55-mile challenge rides and a new 100-mile Grand Fondo ride through the most scenic backroads of Steamboat and Routt County. The cost to register is $100 for the Grand Fondo, $60 for the 55-mile ride, $25 for the 26-mile ride and $15 for the all-ability ride. Children younger than 5 can participate for free.

To register or for more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/lkkzk49. Read more about the event here.

Hot Night at Hot Springs to serve as a fundraiser

Hot Night at the Hot Springs fundraiser is from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Old Town Hot Springs. The cost is $35 and includes a pig roast, wine and beer, music by Todd Musselman and a Zumba dance party. Proceeds will go toward playground equipment at the hot springs. The event is for adults only.

Emerald Mountain Epic bike ride registration open

Registration is open for the Emerald Mountain Epic bike ride. The event is at 9 a.m. Aug. 24. The cost is $35 for the half Epic and $45 for the Epic for adults, $25 for both races for teens age 13 to 19 or $15 with a paying adult, and free for youths 12 and younger with a paying adult. A post-race barbecue is $10. Proceeds benefit the Gold Medal Initiative, which supports development of top Colorado-born ski and snowboard athletes. Registration is open at www.emeraldmountainepic.com/register.

Totally Kids hosting dinner fundraiser on Wednesday

Totally Kids is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hayden Valley Elementary cafeteria. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and $20 for a family. Call Carolyn at 970-846-9083 for more information.

Sk8 Church hosts yard sale to help with mission trip

Sk8 Church is holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with the proceeds going toward a mission trip Aug. 9 to 18 to California. The group already has raised $1,800 of the $4,200 it needs. Drop off donated items for the sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.

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