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Steamboat briefs: Trail closures scheduled on Emerald Mountain continue







The Emerald Mountain hazardous tree mitigation project continues this week. According to the city of Steamboat Springs, who is collaborating with the Colorado State Forest Service on the project, the Wild Rose trail has been closed.

Logging will occur on and near the lower section of this trail on city property, and the closure is expected to last approximately two weeks. Other existing trail closures include Root Canal, upper and middle Stairway to Heaven, No Mo' Bluez and Wild Rose. The Morning Gloria trail has been reopened.

One Book Steamboat Trivia Contest continues in Day 6

Each fall, the Bud Werner Memorial Library presents One Book Steamboat, a community read for Steamboat Springs. In 2016, the community is reading "Angle of Repose," the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Wallace Stegner, honoring the Pulitzer centennial and "the dean of Western writers."

Win a copy of "Angle of Repose" during the weeklong trivia contest, then participate in a month of free discussions and events surrounding the novel. Questions are posted daily, through Friday, in the Steamboat Today and on the library's website and Facebook page.

Today's question:

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The title of Wallace Stegner's novel, "Angle of Repose," is a reference to what?

■ The repositioning of settlers in the American West

■ The gradual decline of the birth rate in the west

■ The angle at which sediment becomes unstable

■ The editor's geological hobby

Submit answers in person at the library front desk, message the Bud Werner Memorial Library Facebook page or email jlay@steamboatlibrary.org. Make sure to include a name and contact information.

The answer to yesterday's question: "Angle of Repose" explores themes including the Old West and the New West, the conflict between traditional male and female roles, values and more. Stegner invokes readers to explore their own identity as an American, similar to other great American novels, including "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Great Gatsby," "Go Set a Watchman" and "The Glass Castle," all former One Book Steamboat community read selections.

Learn more about One Book Steamboat at steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Ask-A-Lawyer legal clinic offered at 3 p.m. Wednesday

The 14th Judicial District courts and Access to Justice Committee is offering monthly ask-a-lawyer legal clinics at three locations within the district, which includes Routt, Grand and Moffat counties.

The next clinic will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Routt Justice Center, 1955 Shield Drive in Steamboat Springs. Individual, 15-minute appointments at the clinics will be with volunteer lawyers to discuss civil matters including divorce, custody, protection orders, landlord-tenant problems, foreclosures and bankruptcy and debt problems.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the clerk's office at 970-879-5020. Professional interpreters will be available. Walk-ins will be served as time allows.

A sincere thank you from the committee to lawyers Mark Freirich, Matt Tjosvold, Doug Karet, Randy Salke, Jessica Ryan, Todd Elenz for volunteering their time to our community and making these clinics successful.

Sustainability group set to host Green Building Tour

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting its ninth annual Green Building Tour from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The event showcases energy efficiency and sustainable building technologies, offering a diverse look at square footage, operating systems, style and ingenuity of design.

The 2016 tour will feature three homes near downtown Steamboat Springs: a modern three-story home that showcases space and energy efficiency; an energy efficient two-story rebuild from a 1946 bungalow; and a home still under construction that is on the path to passive house certification. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the homebuilders, homeowners, architects and subcontractors involved in the construction of these homes.

Tickets for the tour are $15. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Learn more about this year's homes and purchase tickets online at yvsc.org.

Movie series about state's national parks wraps up

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of "Heart of the World: People and the Parks," the final episode of a three-part documentary about Colorado's national parks, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Library Hall.

Narrated by Grammy-winning country music star Kathy Mattea, with music by 10-time Grammy nominee Peter Kater, "Heart of the World: Colorado's National Parks" tells the stories of Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes Park and Preserve, Colorado National Monument and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

This episode, "People and the Parks," focuses humans as an important part of the story of Colorado's National Parks. Some used the abundant natural resources to make it home. Others used ingenious methods to adapt to the harsh environments. Still others recognized the wonder of these places and sought to preserve them for future generations.

Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

City sales tax rate on track to decrease at start of 2017

The sales and use tax rates within the city of Steamboat Springs will decrease from 4.75 percent to 4.5 percent starting Jan. 1.

Referendum 2B was passed by voters in November 2011, and allowed for 0.25 percent of funding to be dedicated for use by the Local Marketing District to support commercial Air Service to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. This referendum is set to expire Dec. 31.

The city will work with businesses engaged in booking advanced reservations now for future stays or that enter into lease contracts or equipment rental contracts that will span into next year in order to evaluate their system limitations and revenue recognition methods.

Businesses that have systems that can accommodate for the collection of the two different tax rates — 4.75 percent for the remainder of 2016 and 4.5 percent effective the beginning of 2017 — can make those changes at any time. Alternatively, businesses may use the tax rate at the time of booking or contract execution date as long as the accounting method is consistent.

The online sales tax filing system and paper forms will be adjusted to accommodate for this change. Contact the city's sales tax department at 970-879-2060 or salestax@steamboatsprings.net for more information.