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Steamboat Briefs: More than 6K Steamboat visitors expected Saturday

About 6,788 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 43 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 27 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 57 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 35 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 5,501 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.

New information released about fatal hiking accident

A Nov. 12 article in the Steamboat Today about Michael Roberts, a Steamboat Springs man who died from injuries sustained in an Oct. 19 hiking accident on Mount Royal in Summit County, has been updated to reflect additional information that was added to the original incident report filed by the Summit County Sheriff's Department.

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In an official statement made to the Sheriff's Department on Nov. 27, the friend who was with Roberts when the accident occurred said she did not ask him to climb a tree for a picture and repeatedly asked him to get down from the tree.

According to the witness statement, Roberts continued to climb higher and eventually either lost his balance or became unconscious and fell 20 to 22 feet from the tree onto a boulder field.

Roberts' cause of death was ruled accidental.

A celebration of life for Roberts was held Nov. 15 at Howelsen Hill's Olympian Hall.

Tickets on sale for visual arts center fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for "Masquerade," a fundraiser to benefit the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, a local nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting visual arts in Routt County. The catered event will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Chief Theater and will include a silent auction of more than 30 works of art donated by area artists. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.steamboatart

center.com or in-person at 837 Lincoln Ave. Call 970-846-5970 for information. The fundraiser is sponsored in part by Alpine Bank, Butcherknife Brewing Company, city of Steamboat Springs, Harwigs, The Steamboat Group and Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Oak Creek celebrating with Holly Festival on Saturday

The Tracks & Trails Museum in Oak Creek will celebrate Oak Creek's Holly Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 129 E. Main St. The free event will feature an open house, new displays, a limited time Soroco student art exhibit, an afghan raffle and drawing and shopping at the Friends of the Museum Store. There will be opportunity for  children to write Santa with stationary provided. Letters then will be mailed at a special box at the Oak Creek Post Office. Volunteers will be available to assist the young writers with their letters. The Tracks & Trails Museum is also a stop on the Holly Festival's scavenger hunt. Call the museum at 970-736-8245.