Steamboat briefs: Summer adult sports league signups close Thursday

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The summer adult sports league registration deadline is Thursday. 

Leagues begin in May or June and include adult coed soccer, adult coed softball, men’s softball and adult coed beach volleyball. To register and for more information, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/adultsports.

City seeks nominations for Steamboat Heritage Award

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for nominations for the Steamboat Springs Heritage Award, which recognizes a person or organization’s gift of volunteer time, effort and service throughout several years to the Steamboat Springs community. The “gift” can be in the field of human services, open space preservation and maintenance of community character. Volunteerism can be identified in many different community aspects.

The Steamboat Springs City Council will review the nominations and select one person or organization as the 2014 Heritage Award recipient. The award is a six-point bronze elk statue created specifically for the Heritage Award by local rancher and sculptor Curtis Zabel.

Nomination forms, which are due by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, are available at City Hall, 137 10th St., or online at www.steamboatsprings.net. Contact City Clerk Julie Franklin at 970-871-8248 or via email at jfranklin@steamboatsprings.net.

Stagecoach Lake to open to boaters at 8 a.m. Thursday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Stagecoach State Park to boaters at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release.

The Marina Boat Ramp is open, and the Morrison Cove Boat Ramp is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. The Stagecoach Marina store will be open May 23.

Because it is early in the season, boaters are cautioned that floating debris and unmarked hazards may exist. In addition, park staff encourage everyone to wear their life jackets at all times, especially this time of year.

At a minimum, boats must have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket per person on board. Youths younger than 13 are required to wear an approved flotation device at all times while on a boat. For a detailed list of required boating equipment, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/documents/boating/safetyequipment.pdf.

Officials remind boaters to inspect all equipment before launching. Park personnel will provide a free inspection to ensure the required safety equipment is on board. Additional safety tips include making sure all life jackets fit properly, keeping an eye on the weather and avoiding becoming intoxicated while on the water

In addition to boating safety, officials remind the public about the serious consequences of skirting the Aquatic Nuisance Species boat inspections, legally required of all motorized and trailered vessels prior to launching. Boaters visiting Stagecoach State Park must obtain the required inspection at the park’s office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Failure to comply can result in fines of $50, plus surcharges.

For more information about Stagecoach State Park, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/stagecoach.

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