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Steamboat briefs: 36th Steamboat Marathon triggers travel advisories

The 36th annual Steamboat Marathon is Sunday, June 4. As a result of the event, motorists traveling in the area should expect significant traffic delays.

There will be two traffic lanes — one in each direction — on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the marathon. The westbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets for the finish of the Steamboat Marathon, half-marathon and 10K races. The closure will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traffic control will be in place on Routt County Road 129 again this year. Northbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted to the left lane past the entrance to Elk River Estates and will proceed north to Cullen's Corner. Southbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted at Cullen's Corner onto Routt County Road 44 and then back onto C.R. 129 just north of the airport.

From Cullen's Corner north to the start of the half marathon near Moon Hill will be one way traffic, controlled by a pilot car leading traffic on the west side of the road.

For more information, call the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-879-0880.

Community meeting planned to discuss West Lincoln Park

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The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department will be hosting a community meeting to discuss budgeted improvements at West Lincoln Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today in Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Parkway.

As part of the 2017 budget, City Council approved $150,000 to construct a new picnic pavilion and playground. The parks department would like to invite all interested parties to come to this meeting to discuss these new amenities and how they relate to the future of the Yampa River Queen.

Due to concerns about safety, outdated and underutilized play features, accessibility and structural concerns of the River Queen, city staff is seeking input on how the community would like to see these improvements move forward.

Additionally, city staff has been working with local youth programs to identify what types of play features kids age 2 to 12 would like.

CMC hosts venture capital investing seminar Thursday

The Colorado Mountain College Entrepreneurship Center in Steamboat Springs will be hosting a seminar entitled Venture Capital 101 at noon Thursday. Topics will include trends for venture investing in mountain towns, where does venture investing fit in the capital formation ecosystem and how to engage in this type of investing including diversification and portfolio management.

This program is recommended for accredited investors seeking a defined path for equity investing in emerging businesses and for entrepreneurs with highly developed business plans that seek greater knowledge on capital formation. Kokopelli Capital, from Boulder, will be leading the discussion. The seminar will take place in classroom 213 in the Academic Center, and lunch will be provided.

To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/venture-101-with-kokopelli-capital-tickets-34156840028 or call 970-870-4491. 

Sign up by today for Tour de Steamboat to save money

Early bird registration for the Tour de Steamboat, which will be held July 22, ends May 31. The ride offers routes of 26, 46, 66 and 116 miles. Registration fees increase Thursday, and anyone who registers by today will receive the lowest registration rate and be entered to win a two-night Wyndham lodging certificate from Steamboat Resorts, four passes to Old Town Hot Springs and 10 Howler Alpine Slide rides.

The Tour de Steamboat welcomes riders of all ages and abilities. After the ride, participants enjoy a barbecue and beer garden with local microbrews at Little Toots Park. All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat benefit Yampa Valley nonprofits, REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Routt County Riders and Partners in Routt County. Interested riders can learn more and register online at tourdesteamboat.com.

Proposals sought for use of local 2A tax reserve fund

The city of Steamboat Springs is accepting proposals for how to spend an estimated $1.186 million that has accumulate in the Accommodations Tax Reserve Fund. Proposals must be focused on an improvement or amenity that draws additional visitors to Steamboat Springs.

The 2A accommodations tax ballot language restricts the use of the first $660,000 in accommodation tax dollars between 2014 and 2023 to trail projects and development of Workman Park on Yampa Street.  Any tax revenues in excess of the $660,000 each year may be spent at the discretion of city council on projects authorized by the 1986 public accommodations tax ballot question which includes the following.

• Only a capital or capital improvement project qualify; operating and maintenance costs do not qualify

• Promote tourism in Steamboat Springs

• Enhance the vitality of Steamboat Springs as a destination resort

• Enhance the community identity of Steamboat Springs

• Enhance the environmental desirability of Steamboat Springs

• Enhance the economic health of Steamboat Springs

An Accommodations Tax Reserve Fund Committee will review submitted ideas and then make a recommendation to city council on how the funds should be allocated. Applications may request all or a portion of the available funds.

The formal request for proposals is posted on the city website at bit.ly/2qjJKQv. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m.

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