Grant would benefit fire station, Howelsen ski area

— The energy impact fund grant committee has recommended giving more than $1 million in state grant money to two Routt County organizations.

City Intergovernmental Services Director Linda Kakela said Monday the committee decided to recommend approval of grant funding for both upgraded ski jumps at Howelsen Hill and an expanded fire station on US 40 near Casey's Pond. Now, the request will be forwarded to Bob Brooks, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, who will make the final funding decision.

Members of the Colorado Ski Heritage Project made their case to the energy impact fund committee Thursday for a grant of $2.5 million so the group can upgrade the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

The impact fund committee recommended giving the group a total of $1.2 million in two installments, Kakela said.

The heritage committee wants to put plastic on the ski jumps to allow jumpers to train year-round and ensure that Steamboat will remain one of the premier jumping facilities in the West.

The heritage committee has already secured more than $200,000 in private funds to match the grant, if it is awarded.

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