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Ski area to shut down early Sunday for Closing Day events

Steamboat Ski Area will close early Sunday so guests and staff can participate in end-of-season festivities. Morningside lift will close at 2:30 p.m., and all remaining lifts, including the gondola, will close at 3 p.m. Last call will be at 3 p.m. at Thunderhead Red's, Stoker Bar and Four Points Lodge.

Closing weekend events include the Cardboard Classic at 11 a.m. and a free concert by The Last Bandoleros at 3:30 p.m. today. On Sunday, the Splashdown Pond Skim starts at 1 p.m., the ski area will recognize guests and staff who have skied every day of the season at 3:15 p.m., and Robert Randolph & The Family Band takes the Steamboat Stage at 3:30 p.m. to close out the season. Find more information about closing weekend activities and register for events at steamboat.com/events.

After the mountain closes for the season, accessing trails is strongly discouraged as heavy equipment, construction, road closures and hazards will exist and may be encountered without warning.

Bear River Park access impacted by Lagoon Court construction

Lagoon Court will be closed during the day Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17 due to utility line work by Native Excavating. Those looking to access Bear River Park will need to take the Yampa River Core Trail. Construction work should only impact road access for approximately 48 hours, weather permitting.

State Patrol looks to curb impaired driving over weekend

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Colorado State Patrol troopers will be out in force looking for drivers operating their vehicles while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs over closing weekend. State Patrol will be working saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers in conjunction with events celebrating the end of the ski season in the Steamboat Springs area.

Troop 4B, which includes Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Jackson, and Grand counties, investigated seven fatal crashes and 34 other crashes related to impaired driving in 2017.

Report suspected impaired drivers from cellphone by dialing *277.

Documentary highlights author Wendell Berry on Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library's Indie Lens Pop-Up season continues with a free screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary "Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in Library Hall. This cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in an era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind's eye of writer, farmer and activist Wendell Berry. Often called "a prophet for rural America," Berry has long been a voice for communities frequently overlooked by the media.

In 1965, after living in California, Europe and New York, Berry returned home to Henry County, bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings.

A half century later, Henry County — like many rural communities across America — has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, "Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky" combines observational scenes of farming life and interviews with farmers and community members with lyrical and evocative shots of the surrounding landscape.

Thus, in the spirit of Berry's agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself emerges as a character in the film, a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information about this film and other Indie Lens Pop-Up events.

City offers tips for preparing for high water during peak flows

While peak flows can vary, the Yampa River generally peaks in late May to early June. Smaller tributaries, such as Butcherknife Creek, Burgess Creek and Spring Creek can peak significantly earlier in the year. Therefore, residents should take precautionary measures now to prevent damage from high water and potential flooding.

The city offers the following tips for minimizing damage from flooding:

• Remove outdoor furniture, firewood, landscape debris and construction materials from the vicinity of the waterway to prevent blockages of culverts and drainages.

• Understand if your property is within the FEMA designated floodplain or floodway by contacting Bob Keenan, the city's floodplain manager, at 970-871-8260.

• Review the Routt County Office of Emergency Management's High Water Preparedness Information Guide for additional guidance.

• Follow weather forecasts and take precautions during heavy spring storms. Rain or snow events and warm temperatures can increase the risk of high water and flash floods.

• Keep materials, such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and other materials on hand to help protect your property if you live in a flood-prone area.

The Streets Division will supply sand and sandbags for residential properties that need them on a case-by-case basis. Sand bags will need to be filled and placed by the homeowner. Contact the Streets Division at 970-879-1807 during normal office hours, or dispatch at 970-879-1144 after hours to request this service. Commercial properties and residential neighborhoods with frequent needs must acquire their own sandbags.