Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer: 10K visitors this weekend

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The Labor Day holiday is expected to attract about 10,070 visitors to town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 64 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 76 percent capacity and condos are predicted to be 47 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 3,887 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.

Women are invited to Bible study beginning Thursday

Area women are invited to join an inter-denominational Community Bible Study, which will begin Thursday from 8:45 to 11 a.m. The host church is Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane in Steamboat Springs. The weekly study, which is open to women and their children of all ages, will include fun, fellowship, individual study and small group discussion on the “Gospel of Mark and Christian Living.” Call Susie Rinn at 970-879-2045 or Marcia Spitellie at 970-846-2865 of visit www.cbsclass.org/classes/steamboatsprings for more information. Pre-register now to be placed in a Core Group on the first day. 

Nighttime construction schedule to begin Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, construction crews working on the U.S. Highway 40 project will begin a schedule of night work. According to Eric Marsh, Steamboat operations manager for Connell Resources. That work will take place generally from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights east and west of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Current work includes installing new traffic signal conduits at Pine Grove Road as well as installation of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks and ADA-compliant curb ramp improvements and center median concrete removal and replacement from Third Street to the Hilltop intersection. There also is center median work being done from Third Street to the Anglers intersection.

During the project, motorists can expect various alternating single-lane and multiple-lane shifts or closures and turn lane closures at Hilltop, Anglers, Pine Grove and Walton Creek roads. No work is being performed in downtown Steamboat Springs from 13th to Third streets.

Delays of about 10 to 20 minutes from one end of the project to the other should be expected, and work will continue during the day and at night.

The $6 million road improvement project is being constructed by Connell Resources of Steamboat Springs. The project information line is 970-871-7979.

Colorado Workforce Center to host virtual job fair

The Colorado Workforce Center in Steamboat Springs will offer a winter virtual job fair. The hiring event will be hosted by www.connectingcolorado.com and will offer 24-hour access, chat rooms, online applications, resume and interviewing workshops and more. For information, call the Steamboat Workforce Center at 970-879-3075 or email trisha.benglen@state.co.us. The Winter Virtual Job Fair will run 24 hours a day through Sept. 15. 

Movie screening at library honors Wilderness Act

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free community screening of “Wrenched” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. This is a new documentary film that captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation, which will carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century as their fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness. For more information, visit www.steamboatlibrary.org.

Tai chi offered by VNA at the Community Center

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program is offering tai chi classes with Nancy Smith from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Tai chi helps strengthen bones and muscles, improves balance and confidence, reduces stress and encourages relaxation. The classes are free, but a $3 donation is suggested. For more information, call 970-871-7676.

Museum to offer free downtown walking tour

The Tread of Pioneers Museum has added another free Downtown Historical Walking Tour for Labor Day weekend at 9 a.m. Saturday. The easy walking tour will begin at the museum at 800 Oak St. and highlight the historic buildings of downtown Steamboat Springs, town development and the early settlers. Participants walk past and discuss many historic buildings, including the Old Town Pub, the Pioneer Building, the Old Pilot Building and more.

Heed downtown banner, drive sober or don’t drive

Impaired driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s an average of one alcohol impaired driving fatality nearly every 51 minutes, and holiday weekends often bring a surge in drunk driving. 

That’s why law enforcement agencies across Routt County are teaming up to conduct a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which is being promoted through the use of a new banner that hangs across downtown Steamboat Springs on Lincoln Avenue. The banner was created by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a local non-profit organization that works to promote healthy lifestyles for youth, and is supported by the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Funding for the banner came from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health’s Persistent Drunk Driver Prevention grant awarded to the city of Steamboat Springs in partnership with Grand Futures. 

“This is an important weekend to remind our community and those visiting that substances and driving do not mix – this includes alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs,” Grand Futures Routt County program director Kate Elkins said in a news release.  “We encourage people to plan ahead and be sure to designate a sober driver before festivities begin – use a taxi, rely on a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.”

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