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Steamboat briefs: 6,200 visitors expected to be in town this weekend

About 6,200 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday for the holiday weekend, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer.

The figure represents 42 percent capacity at area loding properties, with downtown showing the highest occupancy at 78 percent. On the mountain, hotels are expected to be 63 percent full and condos are forecast to be 20 percent full.

During the Memorial Day weekend last year, 5,800 visitors were expected to arrive, but 7,400 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.

Visitor center to open for Memorial Day weekend

The Steamboat Springs visitor center will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday after closing for an interior remodel. The visitor center, 125 Anglers Drive, offers maps, brochures, recreation permits, tickets and guidance about Steamboat activities, lodging, restaurants and more. The visitor center will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Summer hours begin Monday, when the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 970-879-0880.

Steamboat Springs kindergarten school teacher Grady Turner published an e-book series, "Eat Play Learn: Kids Activities that use Healthy Foods as a Learning Tool."

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Steamboat kindergarten teacher publishes e-books

Steamboat Springs resident and kindergarten school teacher Grady Turner recently published the e-book series "Eat Play Learn: Kids Activities that use Healthy Foods as a Learning Tool."

The series focuses on healthy eating through lessons and videos for children ages 4 to 9.

Turner said he always has had a passion for food and wanted to share it with students after seeing an "overabundance of processed foods" in their lunches, according to a news release.

Turner started teaching in 1998 before earning a master's degree in education at University of Vermont. He began teaching in Steamboat in 2006, according to the release.

The book is $19.95 and is available for download through Smashwords at

YES Golf Tournament has openings for June 5 event

Registration remains open for the Youth Education Scholarship Golf Tournament at 10 a.m. June 5 at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. The cost is $125 per person through Friday and $135 thereafter with proceeds benefiting the YES scholarship fund. The tournament is a mixed scramble format with four-player teams. Five players are permitted with at least one female.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams with additional prizes for longest drive, longest putt, drive closest to the center line and hole-in-one, including a car donated by Steamboat Motors and a $25,000 cash prize donated by Yampa Valley Bank, according to a news release.

Registration forms are available at For more information, email

Totally Kids youth soccer registration open until Friday

Registration for Totally Kids youth soccer in Hayden is due Friday. For more information, call Carolyn at 970-846-9083.

Group run, ride is Monday to benefit Steamboat local

A group run and ride from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday will benefit Scott Blair. 

Blair, a physical therapist at SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center, suffered a seizure while skinning up Mount Werner on May 5. Subsequent medical evaluations revealed a brain tumor. 

Those interested in the group run or ride are asked to meet at the sandpits at Howelsen Hill. The ride will be a preride of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series course. The run will go in the opposite direction.

Refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to bring a salad or dessert. There is no cost, but donations are encouraged with all proceeds going to Blair and his family. 

Anyone with questions can call Walter Magill at 970-819-1161. 

Natural trail renovation set for June 1 behind school

Partners in Routt County will host a renovation of the community nature trail behind Strawberry Park Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 1. Students in third through eighth grades and members of the community are needed to help revitalize the trail.

Projects include raking, cleaning up trash and brush, painting the bridge, planting flowers, clipping branches, fixing up the path and decorating the benches built by the Steamboat Springs Middle School Shop Class.

Library Summer Reading Program begins June 13

The Summer Reading Program at Bud Werner Memorial Library begins June 13. This year's theme is Dig into Reading, and readers will explore topics including gardening, dinosaurs, buried treasure and more.

Wee Readers is for children ages 5 and younger with a story-time and craft activity at 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Gnome Readers is for children ages 6 to 10 with stories and hands-on activities featuring special guests from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Teens Read is for children and teens ages 10 and older, and participants can earn gift certificates for reading 1,000 pages.

Participants can pick up a Summer Reading Program map at the Kids' Desk to get started. For more information, call 970-879-0240, ext. 313, or visit

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