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Bulls and Bands slated to return to Steamboat, seeks sponsors

Bulls and Bands will return to the rodeo grounds in Steamboat Springs on July 1 and Aug. 24. The event features American freestyle bullfighting, bull riding, rock and country concerts and a newly added kids mutton busting. Businesses or individuals who are interested in sponsoring Bull and Bands should send an email to bullsandbands@gmail.com or call 970-846-5585 before June 1.

Doc about underbelly of 2022 World Cup screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new documentary film “The Worker’s Cup” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 in Library Hall. This film by Adam Sobel was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. Inside the labor camps of Qatar, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own.

Sixty percent of Qatar’s total population are laborers. From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and increasingly from Africa, some of the world’s poorest people are working the lowest level jobs to ensure the World Cup can be hosted in the world’s richest country. These men work exceedingly long hours for scant salaries, and they live isolated in labor camps which are by law kept outside city limits.

With unprecedented access, the film unfolds largely inside a Qatari labor camp that the migrant workers say feels like a prison. Hidden between a highway and remote stretch of desert, the Umm Salal Camp is intentionally out of sight and out of mind. So are the 4,000 men who live there.

The film focuses on a select group in the camp who have been chosen to compete in a football tournament for laborers: The Worker’s Cup. The tournament is being sponsored by the same committee organizing the 2022 World Cup, and 24 construction companies have been invited to field a team of workers. Over the course of the tournament, the men alternate between two startling extremes: they play heroes on the football pitch but are the lowest members of society off of it. Ultimately, our own complicated relationship with sport is revealed, as we see its power to unite and divide society by turns.

This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in search of development crew

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is still hiring for its community development crew, composed of Routt County youth age 14 to 15. Members will spend a two-week session serving on meaningful conservation and community development projects around Routt County.

Sessions have an “in-town” component where the crew spends the first week serving within the community from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and then go home at night. The second week will be spent camping and serving outside of town.

Youth are paid $10.20 an hour for 28- to 32-hour weeks.  Visit for an application or contact Lauren Glass, Youth Programs Manager at lglass@rockymountainyouthcorps.com, 970-879-2135 x109 and rockymountainyouthcorps.org/community-development-crew

Area businesses invited to save money by reducing waste

As part of a Climate Action campaign to reduce the community’s collective carbon footprint, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is offering free waste assessments to the first three businesses that sign up.

Reducing waste and starting or increasing recycling can cut disposal costs and improve a business’ bottom line. Improving sustainability efforts can boost image, attract new customers and positively engage employees. The waste assessment starts with an on-site walk-through to assess current waste reduction efforts and includes a report with purchasing, business systems, waste reduction and recycling recommendations.

Businesses interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through improved waste diversion can email YVSC’s Waste Diversion Director Cameron Hawkins at cameron@yvsc.org to sign up.

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