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More than 11,000 visitors expected in Steamboat Sept. 2

Approximately 11,600 visitors are expected to be in town today, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 81 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 91 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 84 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 78 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 7,000 visitors by 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.

Founder of crane foundation to speak today at local library

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival presents a free community talk with Dr. George Archibald, senior conservationist and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 in Library Hall.

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Archibald will talk about "My Life with Cranes," his new book of collected stories about a life of crane conservation and the work that the International Crane Foundation does around the world to help cranes. Books will be available for sale and author signing before his talk.

Archibald co-founded the International Crane Foundation with Ronald Sauey, a colleague from Cornell University, in spring 1973.

They established it as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes using a creative combination of field research, help for local people living near cranes, public education, habitat protection and captive propagation and reintroduction.

Today, the International Crane Foundation has 50 employees and supports conservation projects in 45 nations.

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 3, and festival headquarters are at the library.

Visit coloradocranes.org for the full festival schedule.

Live raptors to appear at the library during Crane Festival

A golden eagle, turkey vulture, Harris hawk and barred owl will take up residence at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs in honor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing raptors, part of the nonprofit HawkQuest environmental organization's efforts to educate awareness through birds of prey.

A booth to visit closely with the raptors and their knowledgeable caretakers will be on the library lawn, outside the storytime room, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Visiting with the birds is free.

During a free 1.5-hour sketch-a-bird session with local artist Chula Beauregard at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, the live raptors are scheduled to make another appearance along with Colorado Parks and Wildlife's crane taxidermy as bird models. The library will provide basic sketching supplies for the workshop.

In addition, HawkQuest founder, master falconer and longtime environmental educator Kin Quitugua gives a free all-ages talk at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 in Library Hall. "Birds of Prey" is a community talk about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools and their role in our ecosystems. With the live birds in attendance, observe the unique tools of the owl, the incredible talons and wingspan of the eagle, and the precision flying of the hawk as it free-flies inside Library Hall.

Wild West Air Fest returns to town today

There will be no parking at the Wild West Air Fest, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 2 at Bob Adams Airport in Steamboat Springs. Parking will be available at the Stockbridge Transit Center and the Routt County Justice Center, with city buses running to and from the event throughout the day.

Dogs will not be permitted on the buses or at the event.

Astronaut Steve Swanson will be at the Air Fest signing autographs and greeting the public from 10 a.m to noon. Visit wildwestairfest.com for more information.

Steamboat Sotheby's to host home tour

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty will feature 24 properties when it hosts its 12th annual Labor Day Home Tour Saturday, Sept. 2.

The free, self-guided tour runs from 1 to  5 p.m., giving the public access to a wide range of  properties from downtown Steamboat to the South Valley.

Those interested can stop by a Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty office at 610 Marketplace Plaza next to the Wildhorse Cinema, 56 Ninth Street or 1855 Ski Time Square in Torian Plum to pick up a tour bag, including snacks, water, tour map and more.

For more information, call 970-879-8100.

Steamboat businesses organize relief effort

Steamboat Zipline and Steamboat Snowmobile are reaching out to the community for help providing everyday essentials to the people of Houston and surrounding towns who have been affected by the Hurricane Harvey disaster.

The businesses are asking residents to donate items such as clothing, both for adults and children; toiletries; diapers; non-perishable food items; blankets; pillows; water; infant formula; and hand sanitizer.

Those wishing to donate may drop donations at Steamboat Zipline, 32075 E. U.S. Highway 40, or call 970-879-6500 to arrange to have donations picked up.

Trucks and trailers carrying the supplies are expected to depart for Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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