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Steamboat briefs: 9,100 visitors are expected to be in town on Saturday

About 9,100 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 61 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 83 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 87 percent capacity and condos are expected to be 45 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 9,100 visitors were expected to arrive, but 10,600 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report. Lodging is expected to dip to 3,000 on 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.

County named a contiguous disaster area by the USDA

Because of drought conditions, Routt County has been named a contiguous disaster designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a news release. The designation makes farmers and ranchers eligible for emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.

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Nearby counties Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Lake, Pitkin and Summit also were designated as disaster areas.

"These disaster designations will provide critical assistance to producers to help offset their losses and continue to weather the dry conditions," Sen. Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in the release.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months to apply for assistance. Call the Farm Service Agency's local office at 970-879-3225 for more information.

Election packets available for Hayden School Board

Hayden School Board election packets are available for pickup at the Hayden School District. Those who are interested in running for the School Board must live in the school district and be a registered voter. Packets can be picked up at the administration office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The nomination petition deadline is today. For more information, call 970-276-3864.

Steamboat Springs School Board has 3 open seats

The Steamboat Springs School District is accepting nominations for three board of education seats for the November 2013 election. Directors will be elected in Steamboat Springs School Districts 1, 2 and 3 on Nov. 5. A district boundary map is on display at district office and on district website.

Candidates must be registered voters and must reside in the district that they wish to represent on the board of education. Nomination petitions may be obtained at the Steamboat Springs School District Office, 325 Seventh St. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Petitions require 50 eligible electors' signatures.

The deadline for submitting the nomination petitions to the election official is 4 p.m. today. For more information, call Election Official Deb Ginesta at 970-871-3193.

Ukrazy ukulele group meets every week in Steamboat

Ukrazy?, a group for ukulele players, meets weekly at 625 S. Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs. The group is for those interested in practicing, improving and having fun and plays everything from Beatles to Mama Cass and oldies to Elvis. New players with some experience are welcome. Call Dan Tyler at 970-871-4641 for meeting times and other information.

Volunteers are needed for a Yampa River cleanup

Volunteers are needed for a Yampa River cleanup at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Those who are interested in helping out can meet at Backdoor Sports, 841 Yampa St. The cleanup ends at 6 p.m. when volunteers will be treated to pizza and a raffle. For more information or to donate items to the raffle, call 970-879-6249.

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