Briefs for July 14 |

Briefs for July 14

Driver, passenger injured trying to avoid porcupine

A woman veering to avoid a porcupine rolled her vehicle Monday night, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jeff Vrbas said. Meryl Meranski, 19, was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 when she swerved onto the road’s right shoulder to avoid the animal, he said. She quickly veered back onto the road but lost control of her Jeep. It rolled over and landed on its driver’s side, Vrbas said. Meranski and a passenger were taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. After being treated for a few cuts and bruises, they were released, he said.

Fund started to offset injured teen’s medical bills

Friends of Stormie Beach, a Hayden teen seriously injured in a car accident June 20, are raising funds to help pay her medical costs.

The 16-year-old girl was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and was in intensive care for more than a week. She was recently transferred to Children’s Hospital in Denver.

The car she was riding in was not insured, and Medicaid will not cover all the medical expenses.

Her brother, Chase Beach, also was in the accident. He was released from the hospital last week. Their mother, Libby Beach, is a single parent. Donations can be made to the Libby Beach Fund at any First National Bank of the Rockies branch.

‘Art Cars’ sought to drive in colorful stampede

Art Cars are sought to join the second annual Steamboat Art Car Stampede to be held Aug. 5 to 7. Cash prizes, parties and gas allowances are offered. Call Lynne Masters 870-6323 or visit

Entries being accepted

for Colorado Days parade

Entries being accepted for the annual Hayden Colorado Days parade, to be held July 24. The parade is sponsored by the Hayden Chamber of Commerce and The Shriners. Call 276-1807.

Fourth annual culture tour scheduled for July 31

The fourth annual Steamboat Studios Art and Culture Tour, scheduled for July 31, will feature artists’ studios in downtown Steamboat Springs and near the base of Mount Werner. This annual, self-guided tour presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council takes participants along a different geographic route in Northwest Colorado each year to visit working artists’ studios and cultural points of interest. The tour starts at The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot Art Center, home of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, where participants are treated to a gourmet breakfast while they view the SummerArt 2004 exhibit, a multi-media fine art exhibit and sale of work by local, regional and national artists.

The tour also includes a picnic lunch at the Tread of Pioneers Museum with entertainment by singer/songwriter Carrie Elkin, a cooperative fine art exhibit and a silent auction. All-inclusive tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. Call 879-9008.

Artists needed for three planned summer Art Walks

The Torian Plum merchants are looking for artists to participate in three summer Art Walks. Call 879-6296.

Funds available for

mammograms, treatment

The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project has funds available through the end of the year to help pay for mammograms or breast cancer treatment for women who cannot afford such services. Call 879-1632.

Street painters sought for Beaux Arts Festival exhibit

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is calling for artists to participate in the Strada D’Arte event Aug. 6 and 7. Strada D’Arte is a traditional form of Italian street painting-artists would cover church courtyards with renderings of the Madonna and other religious scenes. For the Beaux Arts Festival, artists will design and decorate a concrete square using ground pastel chalk. This typically is a full-day project. Call 879-9038.

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