Emily Seaver remembers when the Yampa River Botanic Park had no shade. “It’s so wonderful to watch it evolve,” says Emily, who has been volunteering at the park since it first opened. “I find it to be a very peaceful place.”
Whether picking up tire-flattened soda cans and other trash from Lincoln Avenue or waking up with a start at 3 a.m. with an idea to improve the downtown business district, Tracy Barnett can’t shake free from her devotion to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.
Rallying for a cause
When Linda Danter was a young girl, she hated the color pink. As a tomboy and sports fanatic, she made her mother cover up the pink in her room by painting her walls blue. Now, as the founder of Steamboat’s Rally for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser, she finds herself with drawers full of pink paraphernalia.
Big wheels keep on turning
With its national fundraisers for the Children’s Miracle Network, ACE at the Curve has provided a way for Scott Schlapkohl to pursue his passion for pedaling while making a difference in people’s lives.
Instrumental in building a band program
When Jim Knapp took over the Steamboat Springs School District band program four years ago, he had 10 students in high school band. This year, he has 65.
Family and fire
Jay Muhme, 57, is a lifetime local. He is a 1972 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. He’s been involved with the Steamboat fire department almost as long, volunteering with his dad, a firefighter, since he was 16.
A front-row seat to the miracle of childbirth
Steamboat Springs obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Mary Bowman provides a calming presence and expert care to more than 100 Yampa Valley women each year as they welcome their newborns into the world.
Banjo-pickin’, back-crackin’, unicycle-ridin’ Renaissance man
Von Wilson, 47, used to raise work horses growing up in Craig in a third-generation ranching family. He put the pastime on hold for a spell when he moved to Steamboat in 1990 and co-founded coffee hot spot Mocha Molly’s with his wife, Molly.
Jumping through all the hoops
Those who know Devin Borvansky aren’t shocked about what he’s been able to accomplish as a volunteer coach who helps run a youth basketball program for fifth- through eighth-graders.
From Bulgaria with love
Michael Stoyanov and Aneliya Plocheva, both born in communist Yambol, Bulgaria, moved to Steamboat Springs in 2003. They arrived in Routt County with $1,000 between them. They worked any job they could, all in hopes of starting a business, a new life and a family.
From the Tetons to the Yampa Valley
For Harry Martin, co-owner of Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, it’s the people who make Steamboat Springs such a great place to live. “They’re incredible,” he says. “The whole community is just amazingly friendly and down to earth. It’s a great place to live.”
Serving those who serve
Rob Powers organizes and leads several American300 Warrior Tours a year to U.S. military bases, in combat zones and peaceful areas, to improve the resiliency and morale of troops. He brings along Olympians rodeo stars, country musicians, professional athletes and others.
It’s all about the kids
School might be out for summer, as so eloquently put by Alice Cooper, but the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is very much in. Steamboat toddlers and teens (as well as their parents) can thank longtime local Heather Martyn for that.
Of cycling and stage races
Corey Piscopo says his passion for cycling probably began as a kid who liked to fill up on ice cream. Unlike most children, he felt he had to get a workout in and then reward himself with a treat. So he regularly rode his bike to the nearest Dairy Queen five miles from his home in Sanbornton, N.H.
Eccentricity in Steamboat
If Irene Nelson, owner of Irene Nelson Interiors, had her way, she’d add her own special touch to town. She does it for a living for people’s homes, and it’s her nature to do the same for the community she loves.