There are three things I’ll never forget about March 2020. One was my wife, a nurse, explaining to her medically ignorant husband about how a new type of coronavirus was about to change the world. Second, I recall sitting at a restaurant and telling our kids that it might be the last time we go anywhere in public for quite a while – a sort of beta to our upcoming year of social distancing. Lastly, I remember watching “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” a documentary about Mr. Rogers.
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An interview on what I and others can do to help our community during COVID-19, including my pledge to donate 100% of 2020 sales bonuses to organizations and charities assisting with COVID relief.
Findlay Subaru’s latest venture includes working with the Prescott Mountain Biking Alliance (PMBA) to help fund through corporate sponsorship the building of a new trailhead for the Spence Basin trail system. The new trailhead will be called the Spence Springs Trail Head. Vice President on the Board of PMBA, Scott Bideau explains the work that has been done at Spence Basin.
Help Portrait Prescott is a new local chapter of a national organization that offers to individuals and families who could not otherwise afford it a posed, professional portrait in a studio environment. Each individual is given an 8 x 10 framed portrait; families receive an 11 x 14 frame. All are given digital shots and coupons to make additional low-cost prints.
Scott Bideau, the organizer of Help Portrait Prescott, holds a portrait from a similar event a few years ago of a family who arranged for the portrait to send to their daughter serving in Iraq. The father in the photograph was a community leader who died two years later from lung issues he suffered after volunteering to assist his brother at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. (Nanci Hutson/Courier)
I saw my first Warren Miller ski film in 1998. Some friends and I were watching it over college winter break, and before the movie was over, I had convinced several of them to leave that night for a ski trip to Colorado. I would soon fall in love with life in a ski town and eventually do as Warren recommended in the movie: move there.
“Came for the winters, stayed for the summers.” A common saying amongst Steamboat Springs residents. Many credit the “Yampa Valley Curse” from a Ute Indian leader who swore nobody could leave once they moved in. Ironically, our family is now leaving because of the winters. Living in a ski town was a dream of mine since first visiting Colorado. I envisioned epic snow storms that lasted for days, secret powder stashes that never got tracked out, and a laid-back lifestyle that felt like a perpetual ski vacation.
And on the 8th day, God covered Steamboat in single track. Actually, the hundreds of miles in bike trails that we now enjoy in Bike Town USA comes from decades of planning, building, and maintenance – mostly by volunteers. Two people who have invested more than most in that process are Marc and Gretchen Sehler. I ran into them on the trail this week and learned a lot about our local biking history.
Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA is trying to live up to its name with the addition of volunteer ambassadors on local trails. “We’re hoping the cyclists will be the friendly face of Steamboat,” said Amy Stern, director of the Bike Town USA initiative. Some of the 13 volunteer ambassadors have already hit the trails with their yellow jerseys that read “Ask me, I’m local.” Bike Town USA recruited the volunteers largely by word of mouth. Photo: Trail ambassador Scott Bideau visits with Tony and Joey Magnotta of Littleton on Emerald Mountain.
“We’re surprised with the results,” said Scott Bideau, a school board member and co-chair of Yes 2 Steamboat Schools, a committee formed to support the bond measure, after hearing preliminary results Tuesday night. “But I just talked with the team, and we’re all very proud to have stood alongside the principals, the teachers and parents who supported this plan.”