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Steamboat briefs: Approximately 11,000 visitors expected in town Saturday

Approximately 11,000 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 76 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 80 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 75 percent full.

Lodging is expected to increase to 11,700 visitors by 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.

Registration open for 2017 Golf Trout Tournament

Join the Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust and the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter of TU for a fun-filled weekend in Steamboat Springs, Sept. 8, 9 and 10.

Events include a day of guided fishing on private waters in the Yampa Valley and 18 holes at the Tom Weiskopf signature course at Catamount Ranch and Club. Great food will be available all weekend, including dinner Saturday at Three Peaks Grill as well as lots of great gifts and prizes.

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Proceeds will go towards the Pleasant Valley Project on Bureau of Land Management property on the Yampa River below Sarvis Creek. The YVSICT and YVFF-TU have invested more than $1 million dollars through the past 30 years to benefit the health of the Yampa River and coldwater fisheries in Northwest Colorado.

Registration and additional information can be found at golftrout.com or by email at yvsict@gmail.com.

Fun with fairy gardens, found items scheduled for July 26

Allison Mecklenburg will be the guest speaker for a free Wednesday Wonderings program Wednesday, July 26. She will share her passion for creating fairy gardens using found items in a fun, hands-on program for all ages.

Meet at the Trillium House in Yampa River Botanic Park from 5 to 7 p.m. and learn to create unique gardens and make your own fairy furniture and accessories.

Chamber to phase out paper Chamber Bucks program

The new Steamboat Chamber Gift Card debuted Oct. 14. The chamber has continued to accept the paper bucks since the inception of this new card, however the chamber is closing out the paper bucks program officially as of Oct. 31.

The chamber asks community members to spend remaining paper bucks as soon as possible. The paper bucks have a one-year expiration date from date of purchase printed on the front, and the chamber will no longer be able to accept expired paper chamber bucks.

Travelers advised to take measures against mosquitoes

Northwest Colorado Health recommends individuals planning travel to some popular destinations take precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses.

Areas where travelers have a higher risk of mosquito-transmitted viruses include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South American and some parts of the U.S., including areas in Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Follow these steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

  • Cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Use insect repellents registered with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and contain active ingredients approved for safety and effectiveness, such as DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus, or OLE. For more information, visit epa.gov/insect-repellents.
  • Always follow directions on insect-repellent labels. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET. Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children two months and older. Adults should spray insect repellent onto hands, then apply to a child's face.
  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing and gear (boots, pants, socks, tents). You can buy pre-treated items or treat them yourself (permethrin is not effective in Puerto Rico).
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in and air conditioned rooms whenever possible. Sleep under a mosquito net if rooms with air conditioning or screens is not available or if sleeping outdoors. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies two months and younger in carriers, strollers or cribs. Keep in mind that some mosquitoes are active during the day and at night.
  • Women who are pregnant may need to take special precautions and/or avoid travel to some areas with active Zika virus. For more information, visit cdc.gov/zika.

For more tips and information about high risk areas and various mosquito-transmitted viruses, visit cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes.

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