Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, May 17

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• Soon, 40-foot tractor-trailers will climb the switchbacks that cross ski trails including Twister and Nelson's Run to haul steel to the site of of the new Four Points Lodge. Four Points Lodge construction at Steamboat Ski Area weathers mud season just fine

• It'll probably take another couple of weeks for me to get all of the sand out of my car and the focus ring on my camera. By then, I already may be on my way back to the dunes. Great Sand Dunes National Park is a photographer's dream

• The weather has taken a turn for summer in the past week, and outdoor recreation is on the rise. The biggest local outdoors attraction for summer activities is the Yampa River, where residents can boat, float and fish for much of the year. Yampa River, Elkhead Reservoir ready for outdoor fun

• Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will visit Steamboat Springs on Friday for a duo of events, including a noon meet and greet as well as the Routt County Republican's Lincoln Day Dinner. Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler to visit Steamboat on Friday

• The June party on Yampa Street will offer sand piles and small water pools for children, volleyball, street games and reggae music. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs tests the water for Sunday festivals on Yampa Street

• The Ely Creek backcountry campsites, located along the Jones Hole Trail, are a popular destination for anglers and hikers, and although Dinosaur doesn’t seem like the most ideal habitat for bears, several black bear sightings have been reported to monument officials during the past several weeks. Dinosaur National Monument’s Ely Creek campground closed due to black bear activity

• The Paddle Battle returns for its third year in Steamboat. Paddle Battle pingpong tournament returns for 3rd year

• The Steamboat Springs Running Series returns Saturday with the Spirit Challenge. Steamboat Springs Running Series returns Saturday

• The competitive mountain bike season has started for some of Steamboat’s most avid cyclists. Steamboat Springs riders open cycling season

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• Taking the stage Sunday will be three Routt County musical acts: guitarist and singer Guerin Lewis, ’80s tribute band All About Me and folk rock group House with a Yard. Local musicians to play Sunday at Chief Theater

• The many scenes that come to Vero Khan’s mind find their way to a formerly blank surface via her paintbrush. This weekend will be the first time the local artist will get the chance to bring her work to a wider audience. Steamboat artist Vero Khan to display paintings Saturday

• For the aspiring filmmakers of Steamboat Springs High School, the greatest reward was seeing their hard work come to life Saturday night at the first Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival. Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival names winners

• As much as Hollywood may deny it, some works of literature just can’t function on the silver screen. No matter how much glitter and glitz you throw into the mix, “The Great Gatsby” just doesn’t shine the way it should. Andy Bockelman: DiCaprio aside, ‘Gatsby’ is not that great

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