Steamboat briefs: This year’s Routt County Pioneer Picnic is June 10 |

Steamboat briefs: This year’s Routt County Pioneer Picnic is June 10

Sons and daughters of the pioneers of Routt County are reminded that this year's picnic has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. June 10 in the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

"This is an important time to renew old acquaintances while making new friends and sharing old stories" organizer Jo Semotan said. "Everyone is invited to join the pioneers including longtime residents and newcomers."

Beef and drinks will be provided. Tradition calls for every family to bring a covered dish to share, their own dinnerware and a cup or glass.

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring children or grandchildren to help celebrate the historic occasion.

Depot parking lot to be closed Monday to June 8

The city of Steamboat Springs and contractor Native Excavating are replacing an old water main and repaving the Depot Art Center parking lot. The parking lot will be closed Monday to approximately June 8. The parking lot will be open, however, for Memorial Day weekend.

During the closure, the city encourages motorists to use the parking lots at West Lincoln Parkway adjacent to Dream Island and on 13th Street across from Bud Werner Memorial Library. For more information, call Danny Paul at 970-871-8210.

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The board holds regular meetings at 4:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month. This position requires a person who is committed to working for the community and who is willing to spend their time and energy to make the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District a community where government works.

To apply or learn more about the position, send a letter of interest via email to Kathy Connell, board president, at, or to district manager Kammy Tinney at kammyt@pinnaclec The board will review applications at Monday's meeting. For more information, call Connell at 970-846-3746 or Tinney at 303-333-4380.

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Atmos Energy reports that potential victims have been approached in person, via flyers and by social media and texting. Atmos Energy said its employees never contact customers asking for personal information like Social Security numbers.

For more information, call Atmost Energy at 888-286-6700. Potential scam victims are asked to contact their local law enforcement agencies.

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