Steamboat briefs: 5.6K visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: 5.6K visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday

About 5,600 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer.

The figure represents 37 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown showing the highest occupancy at 73 percent. On the mountain, hotels are expected to be 61 percent full, and condos are forecast to be 20 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 4,600 visitors were expected to arrive, but 5,900 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

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.

Some downtown streets to be closed for marathon

The westbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for the finish of the Steamboat Marathon. Also closed will be Sixth through 11th streets from Lincoln Avenue to Oak Street.

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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 will be diverted at Cullen's Corner onto Routt County Road 44, and then back onto C.R. 129 north of the airport.

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

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

Jane Toothaker retirement celebration is postponed

The retirement celebration scheduled for today for Jane Toothaker, executive director of the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services, has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled.

VNA reminds that tobacco cessation options available

Today is World No Tobacco Day, which was created by the World Health Organization to raise awareness about the global impact of tobacco. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and in the world, and cigarette smoking is linked to multiple types of cancer and is a major risk factor for heart disease. Children, pets and others exposed to secondhand smoke also have a higher risk of health problems. Smokeless tobacco (chew, snuff, snus and dissolvable products) can lead to tooth decay, gum problems, mouth sores and cancer.

The following free support options are available to help people overcome nicotine addiction:

■ The VNA offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist. To make an appointment, call 970-871-7634.

■ The Colorado QuitLine provides personalized phone support to help people quit smoking or smokeless tobacco. Call 800-QUIT-NOW.

■ SmokefreeTXT offers personalized text messages to help with smoking cessation. Text "QUIT" to 47848.

All services are available in English and Spanish.

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