Christmas trees are decorating the Moffat County Courthouse. There are about 30 taking part in the eighth annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by local businesses and nonprofits. The theme this year is “Bold and Beautiful.” Craig Fire/Rescue won the People’s Choice award. Connections 4 Kids won first place overall this year, followed by Open Heart Advocates. The Christmas trees will be on display at the courthouse through Friday, Jan. 3.
The library in Steamboat Springs is getting rid of library fines. Bud Werner Memorial Library will no longer charge for those returning books and DVDs past the deadline. Library Director Chris Painter says, “The last thing we want to do is make it harder to use the library.” The new policy goes into effect Jan. 1.
The Meeker Sanitation District Board of Directors may approve a rate increase in February. The Herald Times reports Meeker is facing essential repairs and replacements to aging infrastructure, as well as increasing costs each year to maintain the water treatment plant. The board is proposing an increase of $5 a month. A public hearing is at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, at the sanitation district building.
Some Meeker High School students also recently picked up 25 bags of windblown trash from the county landfill. It’s part of the Meeker International Ecology program. They’re raising money to go to the Galapagos Islands in June.
Thinking ahead to New Year’s Eve… There is a New Year’s Eve skate at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena in Craig. It’s hosted by Craig Youth Hockey. Skating is from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 31. There will be food, games, music, and fun for the whole family.
Jumping ahead to the first day of the New Year, Yampa River State Park is hosting a First Day Hike on Jan. 1. It’s a one-mile showshoe, anytime that day. Visitors can borrow some snowshoes and then enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks afterwards.
Leadville is hosting the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. The event is Feb. 28 through March 1 on the trails of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. Leadville is the highest city in North America at 10,152 feet in elevation.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.