Bow Wow Film Festival comes to Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday |

Bow Wow Film Festival comes to Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday

Routt County Humane Society of Steamboat Springs is hosting the 2017-18 Bow Wow Film Festival Tour for the first time at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
The festival is a Boulder-based traveling film fest that celebrates, educates and inspires all things dog through the art of short film. It’s a family-friendly show and has played to enthusiastic audiences in cities that include Austin, Denver and San Francisco.
“We are so excited to bring the Bow Wow Film Festival to town for the first time, as it’s a great match for Steamboat as Dog Town USA,” said Routt County Humane Society Executive Director Alexis Pagoulatos in a news release. “These movies will make you laugh and maybe reach for a tissue, but they are phenomenal and you are guaranteed to have a great time.
Doors will open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 2:30 p.m. People are invited to arrive early to vote in the Routt County Humane Society Cutest Pet photo contest. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets in advance online and see a trailer with this year’s film selection at
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds go to the local shelter animals at Routt County Humane Society.
The Cutest Pet photo contest is open to anyone who wants to share a photo of their adorable pets through Nov. 10. Entry forms can be picked up at the animal shelter or at one of the film fest sponsors, which include Deja Vu, Pet Kare Clinic, Paws ’N Claws, Steamboat ACE Hardware, Elk River Pet and Ranch and RE/MAX Partners.
At the end of the film fest, the top three Cutest Pets will be announced.
For more information, visit or contact Maggie Smith at Routt County Humane Society at or 970-879-7247.

Yampatika seeks volunteers to assist with winter programs

Yampatika is seeking volunteers to help support naturalists who lead winter programs and help connect people to nature. Volunteers help with such programs as snow shoe tours, birding programs and Skiing with a Naturalist at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. They do not lead programs but rather provide support, so no experience or environmental education credentials are required.
“We are seeking volunteers to help with one program a week or one program a month—we appreciate whatever time they can offer,” said Kellie Gorman, head of programing and volunteer outreach at Yampatika, in a news release. “We support our volunteers with training, learning opportunities and a rewarding experience to help get more visitors and residents outside and connecting to nature.”
Volunteers typically support the naturalist leading a program by the following measures.
■ Greeting and talking to participants by being friendly and encouraging
■ Helping the naturalist hand out or collect forms
■ Staying at the back of the group to ensure the group stays together
■ Learning about and enjoying the outdoors
■ Taking photos to share on social media after the program
“Yampatika is all about taking the classroom outdoors and having fun,” Gorman added. “Volunteering is a great way to get involved in our community and expand your knowledge of the abundant natural resources here in the Yampa Valley.”
Training will start in December. Visit to learn more or to sign up for volunteer training.

Yampa River bank improvements scheduled to begin Tuesday

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department will be conducting river bank stabilization and access improvement work along the Yampa River near the Stock Bridge Transit Center. The work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 14.
The purpose of the project is to stabilize eroding banks and improve recreational access points to the Yampa River within this stretch of river utilizing boulders and native riparian vegetation. Additionally, fencing will be installed protecting these riparian areas. The planned river work is being funded by a $47,500 Great Outdoors Colorado grant and a $47,500 match from the city. This work is expected to take approximately two weeks. People are asked to respect detours and closures along the Yampa River Core Trail during the project.

Residents reminded of local rules governing dogs in public

The city of Steamboat Springs reminds residents and visitors of local rules regarding pets in public areas.
■ Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be “at large,” even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.
■ Though most public places require dogs to be on leashes, there are two off-leash parks in Steamboat Springs, Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property.  As the trail moves into county-owned property, dogs can be off leash, providing there are no signs posted to the contrary, and that the pet is within sight and under voice control. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.

Christmas bazaar planned at Concordia Lutheran on Saturday

Concordia Lutheran Church’s 34th annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18 at the church, 755 Concordia Lane. Proceeds from the event support local, national and international missions. People can shop for homemade Christmas crafts, baked goods, Lefse, pies, homemade dog treats, Christmas cookies and more. A delicious brunch will also be served for $8 per person.

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