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Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 12,500 visitors

About 12,500 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 87 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 81 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 87 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 9,200 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.

Coffee with Council with Scott Ford slated for Friday

Coffee with Council is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, July 14 with Councilman Scott Ford and other available council members in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The July session will discuss the current status of the west Steamboat neighborhood proposed by developer Brynn and the expansion of off-leash dog areas. Any other topics of interest are always welcome. No RSVP is necessary. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

YVCF's annual community grant program cycle open

Yampa Valley Community Foundation's annual grant program is an opportunity for YVCF to educate itself regarding the current needs in the Yampa Valley. Grant proposals are researched and analyzed by the Grants Committee, which is composed of local community volunteers and YVCF board of trustees members. Grants are awarded to organizations and programs that best demonstrate an impact on community needs.

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Visit yvcf.org/non-profits/apply-for-a-grant/ to apply or for more information. The grant application deadline is Friday, July 14. Contact Emily Beyer at emily@yvcf.org or 970-879-8632 with questions.

CPW to host big game herd management meetings

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host two big game herd management meetings in July, one in Walden and another in Fort Collins. The gatherings will give residents the chance to express preferences as the agency forms future management strategies for mule deer and pronghorn herds in North Park.

The first meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m.Friday, July 14, at the U.S. Forest Service office, 100 Main St. in Walden. The second opportunity will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 17 in the Harmony Library at Front Range Community College, 4616 S. Shields Street in Fort Collins.

Approximately every 10 years, CPW updates management strategies for the state's big game species. Known as Data Analysis Unit, or DAU plans, they are the blueprints establishing overall big game population objectives, including goals for male-female ratios within those populations.

"Science and biology are the cornerstones of responsible wildlife management, but the public's input is very important," said Jeff Yost, terrestrial biologist for Steamboat Springs, in a news release. "It is very difficult to manage wildlife without the participation our residents."

CPW manages deer populations in North Park in accordance with the DAU D-3 plan, including Game Management Units 6, 16, 17, 161 and 171. Pronghorn fall under the DAU PH-3 plan, including Game Management Units 6, 16, 17, 161 and 171.

During each meeting, CPW personnel will present several management alternatives, including increasing or decreasing overall herd size and male-female ratios or leaving the populations and gender ratios at their current levels.

"Some of the questions and discussion will focus on whether the public wants larger herds for increased opportunity or managing for bigger bucks but with less hunting opportunity," Yost said.

For more information, contact Yost at 970-871-2843.