Steamboat briefs: Kayla Guettich named Teen of the Month in September

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Kayla Guettich, a 17-year-old senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Optimist

Club’s Teen of the Month for September, according to a news release.

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Kayla Guettich, Steamboat Springs Teen Council

Guettich, who holds a 3.45 GPA, volunteers her time for a number of organizations, including It Takes Courage, Partners in Routt County, Steamboat Springs Teen Council and Young Life, among others.

She enjoys skiing, soccer, hiking, biking, rafting, painting, drawing, writing and acting.

In the future, Guettich hopes to attend the University of Oregon and major in psychology. She also wants to start a group called GRIP, which stands for girls realizing individual potential.

Guettich’s advice to other students is that everyone can make a difference in the world.

“You are as powerful and significant as you allow yourself to be,” she wrote. “Find a passion and follow it, don’t ever let your fears hold you back, and in every moment there is an equal chance that something wonderful will happen, so allow opportunity to consume you.”

Center for Visual Arts seeks exhibiting artist members

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., is taking applications for new exhibiting artist members during its open enrollment period through Saturday. Preference is given to artists in Routt County. More information and applications are available at www.steamboatartcenter.com or by calling 970-846-5970.

Holiday stocking drawing runs through December

The Sock it to Me holiday stocking drawing for teens in sixth grade and older is ongoing through December at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Win a fantasy- or drama-themed stocking full of books, movies and more. Teens will receive a ticket for the drawing each time they check something out. The drawing will be Jan. 6.

Coffee and a Newspaper event at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s monthly Coffee and a Newspaper gathering is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday in the newspaper’s office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Readers are invited to meet with the newspaper’s Editor Lisa Schlichtman to discuss health issues in Routt County and the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s new Yampa Valley Health section.

In addition to free coffee and pastries, members of the newspaper’s management team will be available to answer questions and chat about issues involving the newspaper and the community.

Holiday Wishes program collects gifts for families

Holiday Wishes program volunteers are hoping to collect gifts this year for more than 400 local families that are selected by Routt County United Way.

The Young Professionals Network, Rotary Club members and Steamboat firefighters will be collecting gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 6 and 7 at Walmart. Volunteers will have a list of gifts that can be purchased at Walmart, and those who purchase gifts elsewhere also can drop them off at Walmart during those dates.

The program culminates with the Community Holiday Wishes Party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. At the free celebration, there will be caroling, visits with Santa, sleigh rides, tubing and snacks, and donated gifts will be wrapped.

More information and a list of needed gifts can be found at www.steamboatgiving.com. Information about donating wrapping supplies and money also can be found at the website. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts and to help put on the Dec. 15 party. The party is open to everyone in the community including those not participating in the Holiday Wishes program.

Hayden Christmas Tree Auction seeks nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are needed to participate in the annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 365 S. Poplar St., Hayden.

The auction will feature decorated wreaths, trees and centerpieces, with proceeds benefiting the community and youth groups that created the items.

For more information, call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782.

2,900 visitors expected to be in town Saturday

About 2,900 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 18 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown showing the highest occupancy at 39 percent. On the mountain, hotels are expected to be 8 percent full and condos are forecast to be 20 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 2,600 visitors were expected to arrive, but 3,000 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

Lodging occupancy is forecast to dip Wednesday, when 2,200 visitors are expected to be in town.

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.

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