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Steamboat briefs: Trails ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Saturday on Buffalo Pass

The city of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Saturday, Sept. 23 in the vicinity of Dry Lake near the base of the Bear Tree Ridge Trail to officially mark the opening of several new trails and additional trail extensions.

Participants are asked to meet in the Dry Lake Trailhead parking lot, and the group will walk or ride to the trail for the ceremony. The new trails and extensions that will be dedicated during the ceremony includes the following.

 BTR – approximately 2 miles

Two loops near Dry Lake to complement the Panorama Trail — 1 mile and 0.8 mile respectively, names to be determined

Upper Grouse — approximately 2 miles — advanced technical trail for the more aggressive rider

Flash of Gold completion — additional 6 miles of trail ending near the summit of Buffalo Pass

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The Buffalo Pass Trails project is a partnership between a number of local organizations including Routt County Riders, who did the majority of trail work, Bike Town USA, the city of Steamboat Springs, Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

This is a city of Steamboat Springs 2A project, which was funded with the accommodations tax. In November of 2013, the voters of Steamboat approved a portion of the municipal accommodations tax to develop trails. During the next 10 years, there will be a $5.1 million investment in the trail infrastructure in Steamboat Springs.

Individuals looking to invest in the maintenance of local trails can contribute to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, administered by the YVCF. This fund provides a permanent endowment supporting specific non-motorized trail and trailhead maintenance projects on public lands in Routt and Moffat counties. Learn more at yvcf.org/trails.

LiftUp produce drive planned at The Hayden Mercantile Friday

A produce drive for the LiftUp food bank will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at The Hayden Mercantile. People are invited to buy extra groceries and donate them to the local nonprofit.

Council, board candidates forum to focus on family, child issues

First Impressions will host its annual candidates forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the County Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. The event offers an opportunity for voters to learn where City Council and school board candidates and incumbents stand on issues facing families and young children birth to age 5. The forum will also include information about Referendum 5A — the Housing Opportunities Make Economic Sense ballot initiative.

Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice rescheduled for Saturday

The Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. The finish line will be at West Lincoln Park.

Ticket holders of the winning ducks win a total of $3,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize. You don't need to be present to win. Tickets are $10 and available at north
westcoloradohealth.org/rubberducky. Tickets also will be available at the bridge before the race.

All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health's hospice program, which provides services to anyone who needs end-of-life care, regardless of their ability to pay. Volunteers are needed to catch duckies at the finish line and retrieve stuck ducks from the river after the race. Call Kyleigh Lawler for more information at 970-871-7609.

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