March 2010

There are 12 blog entries for March 2010.

A group of locals is forming a nonprofit organization with the intent of purchasing the Chief Plaza Theater and renovating it into a single-stage performing arts venue downtown.

Developer/Colorado Group Realty broker, Jim Cook; Jon Sanders, of Ski Town Commercial Real Estate; Tracy Barnett and Towny Anderson, of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, Valerie Stafford, of the Steamboat Dance Theatre; and Bill Rangitsch, of Steamboat Architectural Group, met recently to talk about how to move forward with their plans.  Sanders is the local representative of Michael Barry, who has owned the Chief Plaza Theater in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue since 1970.  (No sale of the building has been finalized.)

The group hopes to leverage a mix of historical preservation

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The rate at which homes in Routt County are selling suggests that it could be a year or more before the residential construction industry mounts a meaningful comeback said Scott Ford, who leads the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.

He's basing his prediction on new insights he has gained by marrying two sets of data whose union gives Steamboat Springs what he calls an inexpensive tool to reliably predict when construction activity might rebound or, for that matter, enter a decline.

Ford, who has been helping Yampa Valley Partners create its Community Indicators publication since its inception, has always yearned to discover ways to use statistics to give businesses in Northwest Colorado tools that can be used to glimpse the future.  Now,

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The final outcome of the March 12 auction sale for 15 luxury condominiums at The Highmark near the base of Steamboat Ski Area won't be known until closings actually take place.  However, sources close to the sale say the investment group that is holding the indebtedness on the project has accepted the high bids on nine of the units.  Steamboat Springs Realtor, Jim Cook said he is in negotiations with a single buyer for the remaining condominiums, which did not attract bidders at the auction. 

I'm working on a bulk sale of the six other units to an out-of-town investment group, " Jim Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, said Wednesday. 

William Bone, president of the National Auction Group, said the nine auction sales are poised to close by April 1. 


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The government will help you pay for specific energy upgrades - but only until the end of this year.  Through 2010, you can claim a federal tx credit of 30 percent of the cost - up to $1,500 - for new qualified windows, doors, roofs, insulation, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems.  So, if you spend $5,000 (whether on one qualified product or total on several projects), you can claim the full amount of the $1,500 credit on your 2010 income tax form.  (Tax credits for alternative equipment, such as solar panels, solar water heaters, and geothermal heat pumps, are available through 2016 and have no cap.)

Want the details on the current energy tax credit (part of the Economic Stimulus package)? These two websites offer a good overview Energy

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The Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation and the Sheila M. Cook Community Arts Foundation have created a youth scholarship for the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp. 

Routt County youth, entering grades 5-7 will be awarded scholarships to attend Perry-Mansfield's Junior Camp, June 25th - July 10th, 2010.  Junior Camp is a two-week program designed for the younger student who wants to explore the performing arts.  The program offers a well-rounded curriculum that includes required classes in dance, theater, and musical theater, with electives in art, creative writing and equestrian.  All eligible youth must complete the Junior Camp Scholarship Auditions at Perry-Mansfield. 

Sheila M. Cook was a childhood dancer and had a deep love of

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Like the 12,000 trees he bought from the state forest service, Tristan Frolich’s idea to help Routt County forests recover from the bark beetle epidemic just keeps growing.

Frolich is the organizer of Re-tree Colorado, an event planned for June 26 in which he hopes as many as 400 volunteers will plant 20,000 trees at sites across the county. He’s envisioning a daylong event including a morning information session with foresters and several hours of tree planting followed by food, relaxation and maybe even live music at a to-be-determined site.

The idea for the event began in the summer, when Frolich attended a tree-planting event at Steamboat Lake State Park and then entered the Green Effect contest, a collaboration between SunChips and National

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EcoCorral represents a rarity in Steamboat Springs - all 24 market-rate townhomes will come developer-equipped with active solar panels.  Four units are ready for purchase.  The two end units in the first building heat water with solar energy.  The two middle units permit larger utility rooms and are able to use solar to provide hot water and heat.  The energy systems in both models are augmented with gas boilers.

The builder, Middle Cog Builders, is a member of Built Green Colorado, which establishes a minimum of 75 points to qualify for program certification.  EcoCorral scored 242 points on the first building. 

Sustainable construction practices adhered to include insulated concrete form and structural insulated panels.  The townhomes feature Energy

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Saturday, March 13th-Easy Star All Stars
Saturday, March 20th-Lyrics Born
Saturday, March 27th -Pimps of Joytime 
Saturday, April 3rd-The Dirty Heads
Sunday, April 11th-Donavon Frankenreiter

The Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series is presented by Bud Light, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Sprint and Wells Fargo. All concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. in Gondola Square at the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort. For more information, check out

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The US Nordic Combined Ski Team - winners of seven Olympic medals will take part in the Armed Forces Entertainment "Olympic Heavy Medal Tour" in early April.

The tour will take Olympic medalists Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota on a special tour to visit troops at US military bases around the globe.

Because of military rules, the exact locations could not be revealed.

"It will mostly be meet-and-greets," said Jennifer Milikien, a public affairs officer with Armed Forces Entertainment.  "They'll take their medals over for them to see.  We want to be able to share that with the troops.  The majority of the reason we do it is we're putting them in harm's way every day.  It boosts morale and gives them a taste of home

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The National Association of Realtors launched HouseLogic, a new, comprehensive consumer Website about all aspects of home ownership.  HouseLogic helps homeowners make smart decisions and take responsible actions to maintain, protect and increase the value of their homes.

The free Web site helps homeowners plan and organize their home projects and provides timely articles and news; home improvement and how-to's; and information about taxes, home finances and insurance.

Registered users can save relevant information, create to-do lists and set project reminders.  The website can also be customized for individual homeowners depending on how handy or ambitious they are regarding home projects; how much money they want to spend or save; where they live; and

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