Steamboat briefs: 2,100 visitors expected to be in town this weekend

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About 2,100 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 13 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown showing the highest occupancy at 26 percent. On the mountain, hotels are expected to be 8 percent full and condos are forecast to be 11 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 2,600 visitors were expected to arrive, but 3,200 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report. By this time last year, Steamboat Ski Area already had opened for the season.

Lodging occupancy is forecast to get a slight boost Wednesday, when 3,100 visitors are expected to be in town. Wednesday is the annual Scholarship Day fundraiser at Steamboat Ski Area. Proceeds from ticket sales that day will benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and families who need financial assistance.

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.

Ficke named a director at Johns Hopkins University

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Dr. James R. Ficke

Dr. James R. Ficke, son of Steamboat Springs residents Jim and Barbara Ficke, has been named the director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and orthopaedist in chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, according to a news release.

James Ficke, a colonel in the U.S. Army, is a nationally renowned expert on the treatment of complex foot and ankle injuries and amputees, according to the release. Ficke, 52, also is the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

Reusable bag campaign at City Market on Saturday

The annual Put Your Turkey in a Bag education campaign is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at City Market, 1825 Central Park Drive. Members of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Recycles will sell Keep our Mountains Green reusable shopping bags for $1 each. Those who purchase or bring a reusable bag can get a free “remember your bag” door hanger. Call 970-870-2896 for more information.

Council suggests giving tree donations as gifts

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is suggesting tree donations as gifts this holiday season. The donated funds will be used in January to purchase trees for ReTree Steamboat, a annual tree-planting event in June that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Giving levels are as follows:

■ Douglas Fir: $10 (5 trees)

■ Engelmann: $24 (12 trees)

■ Blue Spruce: $50 (25 trees)

■ Evergreen: $100 or more (50 or more trees)

Those who give $25 or more will receive a card for friends or family describing the gift.

Saplings can be repurchased from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. at City Market and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Strawberry Park Elementary School. For more information or to purchase trees, go to www.yvsc.org/retree.

Yoga Center of Steamboat is offering family classes

The Yoga Center of Steamboat is offering family yoga classes Dec. 14. Children and parents will learn and practice yoga poses through games and music. Children ages 2 1/2 to 5 are welcome from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and children ages 6 to 12 are welcome from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call Alex Mathisen at 970-819-3360 to sign up.

Colorado Humane Society adds county to investigator

The Colorado Humane Society has added five counties, including Routt, and one new Bureau of Animal Protection field investigator through commissions from the Colorado Agricultural Commission, according to a news release.

As part of the program, the Colorado Humane Society and Routt County Sheriff’s Office will work to investigate and prevent the cruelty and neglect of animals (excluding livestock). Agents also will work with local law enforcement agencies to educate residents about animal care and safety to avoid possible animal neglect or abuse situations.

In addition to Routt County, Chaffee, Lake, Jackson and Kit Carson counties also were added for a total of 28 Colorado counties, according to the release.

Sage grouse 1 topic for for BLM council meeting

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in Silt at the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road.

Agenda items include the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS, air quality modeling and land-use planning, data management system for the White River Field Office and field manager updates. Public comment periods related to items on the agenda are scheduled for 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to a news release.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion also is looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Hayden Homies celebration is at American Legion hut

A Hayden Homies Thanksgiving celebration is at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hayden American Legion Hut. Attendees are asked to bring one side dish to the event. Registration is required to Debby Shaw at 970-276-4778, Dana Haskins at 970-276-3338 or Kathy Hockin at 970-276-3610.

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