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Bus service for Hot Air Balloon Rodeo begins at running at 6 a.m.

Steamboat Springs Transit will provide early morning shuttle service between the Meadows Parking Lot and Bald Eagle Lake starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 for the 37th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

Due to the unique launch location, there is no public parking at the event. Free transportation is provided by SST from the Meadows Parking Lot on Pine Grove Road. Parking will also be free in the parking lot although a donation of $10 is suggested to support the festival.

Based on past events, the city suggests catching an early SST shuttle to the launch site between 6 and 7 a.m. Spectators are also encouraged to walk or ride their bikes. Bald Eagle Lake is located approximately nine-tenths of a mile south of Walton Creek Road on U.S. Highway 40.

$500 reward for information on Hahns Peak vandalism

Authorities have announced a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in an incident of vandalism to the historic Hahn's Peak fire lookout.

On or around July 4, vandals broke 13 windows and badly damaged a door and historic object used to determine the direction of fires that was inside the building. The U.S. Forest Service said a preliminary cost estimate of the damage was in excess of $5,000.

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Routt County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident. Anyone with information about who caused damage to the Lookout building is asked to call 970-870-6226 or 800-230-9339.

People can also text NABM followed by the tip to 274637, or people can click Crime Stoppers/Text a Tip web-based reporting and complete an online form. People with information may also contact Routt County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at 970-879-1090.

The Hahn's Peak Lookout is one of the oldest fire lookouts in the state. Records show the lookout was built around 1912, though some iteration of it might have existed as early as 1908, Historic Routt County Executive Director Emily Katzman told the Steamboat Pilot & Today earlier this week.

The lookout fell out of use around the 1940s when authorities began using aircraft to watch for fire. The structure began to fall into disrepair, largely due to exposure and vandalism, Katzman said. In 2014, the Hahn's Peak lookout was listed on Colorado's Most Endangered Places List.

A restoration effort kicked off in 2015. During the course of three summers, from 2015 to 2017, several organizations worked to restore the building to its 1940 condition.

Multiple organizations spend more than $100,000 to renovate the property, an effort that required hiking logs up to the 10,839-foot summit of Hahn's Peak. The U.S. Forest Service, Historic Routt County, Colorado State Historical Fund, Museum & Heritage Fund of Routt County, HistoriCorps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Job Corps contributed to the restoration effort.

Yampa Valley foundation grant applications deadline Friday

Yampa Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., donor-advised fund holders and other granting endowments, supports programs and services benefiting the Yampa Valley through this grant program.

Grants may be awarded for innovative programs demonstrating community benefits in five focus areas: arts and culture; education; health and human services; environment and recreation. New for 2018, all grant requests for general operating support must be approved by YVCF staff before submitting an application. Grants applications are due Friday, and organizations will be notified of awards in late September.

Visit yvcf.org/non-profits/apply-for-a-grant for more information.

Art In the Park event brings lane closures

The 44th annual Art in the Park returns to Steamboat Springs this weekend and brings lane closures to city streets Friday to Sunday, July 15.

One lane of eastbound U.S. Highway 40 at West Lincoln Park will be closed for event setup from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, July 14, the one-lane closure on Lincoln Avenue will run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The same closure returns on Sunday, July 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. for event teardown.

No parking is available on Lincoln Avenue west of 13th Street as well as on 13th Street from Lincoln Avenue to Gilpin Street. Bud Werner Library patrons will have access to the library parking lot as well as additional on-street parking on the south side of Lincoln Avenue from the bus stop to 12th Street for library business.

In addition, motorists will see parking restrictions around the event and should anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic in this area.

During the event, Steamboat Springs Transit will operate additional buses from the Stockbridge, which offers public parking, to West Lincoln Park. Event participants may also use SST's Red Line to get to West Lincoln Park.

The city also reminds area residents and visitors that no dogs are allowed at Art in the Park.