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Steamboat briefs: Tipton speaks about Colowyo on House floor

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 22 to continue to pressure U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to take every action necessary to save the 220 jobs at the Colowyo Mine, according to a release from Tipton's office.

Tipton met with Secretary Jewell and Western Colorado leaders in Glenwood Springs last week to discuss the future of the mine. 

"Closing the Colowyo Mine would jeopardize 220 direct jobs and millions in economic activity. … I hope the secretary realizes the decisions here in Washington have real lasting impacts on everyday working Americans," Tipton said to lawmakers. "Communities, such as Craig, have expressed concerns that these proposed regulations will work to the detriment of their local economies by shutting down local power plants, negatively affect Colorado's mining industry, and needlessly burden Coloradan families and businesses with higher energy costs."

On Wednesday, the House also passed H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015, which would allow states to implement permitting programs for the safe management, disposal and recycling of coal ash which is used in numerous construction materials including concrete and roofing materials.

11,000 visitors expected in Steamboat for weekend

About 11,000 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday, July 22.

The figure represents 69 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 85 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 77 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 63 percent full.

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Lodging is expected to dip to 9,700 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.

Youth Corps to hold meeting about project building plans

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will hold a public meeting for anyone interested in learning more about its capital project plans to construct a warehouse structure and renovate the existing office building on its property at 991 Captain Jack Drive in Steamboat Springs. The meeting, which is open to the community, will be held at the location at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10. All are invited. Call Kate for more information at 970-879-2135.

Power outage planned to perform electrical upgrade

Starting at noon Friday, Yampa Valley Electric Association will shut down power at Centennial Hall, which will close the Planning Department and Engineering Division for the remainder of the day. In addition phones, voicemail and email to City Hall and Centennial Hall employees will be down. The city's website shouldn't be affected; however, any videos on the site will be inaccessible during the hours of noon to 8 p.m.

New building permitting software goes live Monday

The Routt County Regional Building Department will be going live with new permitting software Monday, July 27. ViewPermit is replacing software that has come to its serviceable end of life, and new features that can be done online include application filing and payment, process tracking and inspection scheduling.

Once fully implemented, ViewPermit will be used by the county planning, environmental health, road and bridge and GIS departments.

According to a news release, the new integrated system will allow each of the departments to review projects concurrently making the permitting process faster. Plans may be submitted in electronic form with only the site set printed on paper. The new process is intended to make the handling of, storage and retrieval of permits far more efficient.

In order to prepare for the launch of the new software, the department will not be able to issue new permits Friday, July 24. Staff will be on hand to assist or answer any questions during that time at 970-870-5566.

Some delays could also occur Monday and Tuesday.

Free foreclosure, bankruptcy class to be offered Thursday, July 30

Routt County Treasurer and Public Trustee Brita Horn will host a free foreclosures and bankruptcy class from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 30 in the third floor county commission hearing room in the Historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. The class, which will be taught by attorneys Susan J. Hendrick and Michael Suchoparek, will cover Foreclosure 101, advanced topics in foreclosure including loss mitigation and bankruptcy. Continuing education-approved credits will be available for real estate agents and attorneys. To register for the class, call the Treasurers' Office at 970-870-5555. The class is open to the community.

YVSC collecting deviled egg recipes for garden tour

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host its annual Green Gardens Tour at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. This year's topic is Tour de Coop featuring four innovative chicken coops downtown. After the tour, there will be a deviled egg contest, with an egg-themed prize awarded to the winner. Egg recipes to be tasted at this event can be submitted by calling 970-871-9299 or emailing info@yvsc.org anytime before the event. Visit yvsc.org/gardentour for more information.

Youth Corps open to hire for Yampa Valley School

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is hiring for the Yampa Valley Science School, which annually serves all Routt County sixth grade students in a residential, experiential science camp. Operated in cooperation with local schools since 2000, YVSS incorporates a five-day, three-night science curriculum integrated with sixth grade academic standards, team-building activities and personal growth experiences for the students. For position descriptions and more information visit rockymountainyouthcorps.org.

Lions Club votes to approve $5,500 in scholarships

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club recently voted to approve $5,500 in scholarships to six students in the Yampa Valley.

The following high school seniors received $1,000 scholarships each: Andrea Clark, Heritage Christian School; Brandon Dorr, Hayden High School; Cody McCollum, Soroco High School; Foster Ramirez, Steamboat Springs High School; and Dylan Wallace, Steamboat Springs High School. Charles Toye, a student from Steamboat who is studying at Arizona State University, was a second-time recipient and received a $500 scholarship.

In judging scholarship applications, the Lions Club looked at community service, monetary need and academic aptitude. Helping with local Lions Club projects earned candidates special recognition in the valuation of their scholarship application.

Anyone interested in becoming a competitive candidate for next year's scholarship is invited to visit the Ski Town Lions, who meet at 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Egg and I.

'Managing Your Moods' class to take place Saturday, July 25

Life Essentials Day Spa will sponsor a "Managing Your Moods" class Saturday in the small conference room on the second floor of Bud Werner Memorial Library. Pam Sutton, from doTERRA essential oils, will be speaking on the use of oils and blends to help manage attitude. Seating is limited; to register, call 970-871-9543.