Howelsen Park Vision 2040 set to host 1st community event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 | SteamboatToday.com

Howelsen Park Vision 2040 set to host 1st community event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

The city of Steamboat Springs host its first community engagement gathering focused on the vision for Howelsen Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Townies, 1744 Lincoln Ave. "During this initial stage, we're looking to gain input from as many interested individuals and groups about what they value about Howelsen Park," said Kyrill Kretzschmar, project manager for Howelsen Park Vision 2040, in a news release. "Over time, we'll narrow the focus to take common community themes and values into an actionable vision for the future."

This gathering represents the first phase of a five-phase engagement program over the coming months, which will mix stakeholder input, public gatherings, surveys, previous planning efforts and a variety of digital resources, including an interactive website, engagesteamboat.net, in an effort to reach a wide audience.

Under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Howelsen Park Vision 2040 project is looking to engage the community in an effort to develop a 20-year vision for the entire Howelsen Park complex, from the BMX track across the rodeo venue to the ice arena, and up to the top of the ski area. The goal is to create a community vision that understands desired year-round uses of the complex, while factoring in associated costs and funding mechanisms.

Two concurrent engagement efforts are underway — Howelsen Park Vision 2040 and the Master Plan for Parks, Open Space, Trails and the Yampa River. The public will have opportunities to participate in both efforts.

Heart of Steamboat UMC to hold annual soup luncheon Friday

The Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church, on the corner of Eighth and Oak, will hold its annual soup luncheon, bake sale and gift extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

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Four new soups will be offered this year — cheese and corn chowder, sausage tortellini, Tuscan vegetable and white chicken chili. The luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $8, which includes choice of soup, artisan bread, slice of pie or fall cake and beverage. Tickets for $20 can also be purchased and will include the soup luncheon plus $14 to spend on treats or gifts.

Proceeds benefit local, national and international needs and the event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

BLM invites public to meeting on sage-grouse conservation

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado will host a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clarion Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13 in Craig, to provide input on recommendations to the Secretary of Interior regarding greater sage-grouse management in response to Secretarial Order 3353, as well as other state-specific greater sage-grouse management issues. 

On Oct. 11, the BLM issued a notice of intent initiating a 45-day public scoping period for greater sage-grouse plan amendments with associated National Environmental Policy Act documents. BLM Colorado will consider potential amendments to current management actions for greater sage grouse in land use plans.

The public is encouraged to help identify any issues, concerns or management questions from the Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan amendment to help improve sage-grouse conservation and strengthen communication and collaboration between states and the federal government.

The public scoping meeting will provide the public an opportunity to talk to resource specialists and submit written comments in person. Comments may also be submitted to blm_sagegrouseplanning@blm.gov until Nov. 27.

Additional information about the open public comment period is located at bit.ly/GRSGplanning.

Variety of Veterans Day programs planned in Steamboat

Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools will hold Veterans Day programs to honor veterans on Friday, Nov. 10. The program at Soda Creek will begin in 8:30 a.m. and the program at Strawberry Park will begin at 9:45 a.m. Area veterans are invited to attend both events.

The annual Veterans Day breakfast will be held from 6 to 8 a.m. Friday at the VFW Post, and it's open to all veterans. The breakfast is free but a donation is suggested.

Community members and veterans are also invited to visit veterans who are living in the Doak Walker House in Casey's Pond senior living center from 11:30 a.m. to noon Friday. A reception will be held for veterans in the Doak and Casey's Pond.

Contact Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 for more information.

Registration now open for annual Steamboat Nordic Camp

Steamboat Nordic Camp organizers announced the dates for its annual Cross-Country Ski Camp. The event will be held Dec. 9 and 10 and is hosted by Lake Catamount Touring Center, Steamboat Ski Touring Center and Ski Haus.

In its 14th year of operation, the camp caters to cross-country ski enthusiasts of all levels.  The camp includes top level coaching staff; one- and two-day options; all ability levels; excellent student-to coach ratio; video analysis; new equipment available to demo; wax clinic; lunches, happy hour; and prize drawing. 

To register or for more information, visit thenordiclink.com.

Choose When helps pay for long-acting family planning

Choose When is a community-funded project that is helping women in the area get IUDs and hormonal implants at low or no cost. IUDs and implants are long-acting, reversible and safe. Call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632 or Planned Parenthood at 970-879-2212 for more information.

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