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Elderly man collapses, dies at Steamboat Ski Area







An elderly male skier died Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center after falling at Steamboat Ski Area.

Witnesses reported the man, who was visiting Steamboat, was skiing on the NASTAR race course and fell.

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said the man did not hit any people or objects. It initially appeared something medical caused the man's death.

The man's age and residency were not available Thursday.

Local restaurants celebrate Ag Appreciation Week

Steamboat Springs restaurants are celebrating Ag Appreciation Week through today. Participating restaurants are offering special menu items featuring local food with proceeds donated to the Community Ag Alliance's local foods program. Restaurants that are supporting Ag Appreciation Week include Aurum, Big House Burgers, Bistro CV, Creekside Cafe, Cugino's, Harwigs, Laundry, Lil' House, Mazzola's, Rex's, Salt & Lime, Steamboat Smokehouse and Steamboat Western BBQ. Visit communityagalliance.org for additional information.

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More than 10,000 visitors expected in town Saturday

Approximately 10,300 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 65 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 72 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 71 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 63 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 6,300 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.

Radio broadcast to feature live music of Mendelssohn

Please tune in to WWFM 91.1 on your radio dial at 10 a.m. today for Live from Steamboat, classical music from our own Strings Music Festival concerts, part of WWFM's "Celebrating Our Musical Community" program. This broadcast will feature Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat Major for Strings.

We will also hear Suite for Piano and Violin, by Norwegian composer Christian Sinding, known for his lyrical works, and an electric violin edition of Who Let The Cat Out Last Night, by Paul Schoenfield, a classical composer has combined popular, folk and classical music forms. 

These broadcasts are brought to Steamboat by the team of WWFM in Trenton, N.J., Strings Music Festival and West Slope FM.  They are featured only once a month, on the last Friday, so don't miss this one.

Beekeeping classes slated for April 16, 17 at CMC

Learn the fundamentals of beekeeping, including hands-on experience, led by Greg McMahan of "To Bee or not To Bee," during classes set for April 16 and 17. The classes are hosted by Colorado Mountain College's Beekeeping Club and include the following:

■ Beginner beekeeper workshop — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16.

■ Hive splitting and queen rearing workshop — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17.

Both workshop classes will meet at CMC's Academic Building, Room 216.

Cost is $75 for the April 16 class and $45 for the April 17 class. Payment is due April 14.

Contact Megan Walker 970-870-4544 or mwalker124171@mail.coloradomtn.edu to reserve a spot.

Area music teachers set to present Honors Concert

The Yampa Valley Music Teachers Association will present its annual Honors Concert at 3 p.m. April 3, at the United Methodist Church, 736 Oak St.  Exceptional local youth musicians will perform a concert of classical music on piano, strings and voice.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  For more information email steamboatartsconsultancy@gmail.com.  

Hunter education classes scheduled in Hayden

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold basic hunter education classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 28 through April 1 at Hayden High School. Range day will be held April 2.

Basic Hunter Education is required for hunters who were born after Jan. 1, 1949. Participants in this class must be at least 9 years old, and children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. The hunting manual is written for a third-grade reading level.

Cost is $10, and attendance at all class sessions is required. Pick up the manual at registration and review prior to the first class.

Contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Steamboat Springs at 970-871-2855 to register.

Tread of Pioneers Museum to close for mud season

Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed April 9 through April 25 for mud season, according Candice Bannister, executive director of the museum. The museum will reopen April 26.

Antler hunting, collecting not allowed at monument

The National Park Service reminds residents that gathering shed antlers is not allowed in Dinosaur National Monument. All objects, including deer and elk antlers, within Dinosaur National Monument are protected by law and may not be removed. Collecting antlers within the monument is a violation that may result in a fine of up to $5000 and/or up to six months in prison. 

The monument boundary is generally well-marked by fence and boundary signs, but shed collectors are responsible for knowing who manages the property they are on and its rules and regulations. To report suspicious or illegal activity, call 970-629-8683.

Disturbing elk and deer during early spring when food sources have yet to green up and an animal's fat reserves are at their lowest can cause stress leading to starvation or the death of unborn calves. Shed antlers are also an important food source that provide nutrients, such as calcium, to many small mammals. These small mammals pass those nutrients on to other larger mammals and birds, such as bobcats and hawks, when they are caught and consumed. 

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700, visit nps.gov/dino or follow dinosaurnps on Facebook and Twitter.

Steamboat Art Museum in need of volunteer help

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum's store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits. 

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from all across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email sam@steamboatartmuseum.org.