Fire burning toward structures near Maybell contained
A fire broke out on private property near milepost 63 on U.S. Highway 40 about 2:15 p.m., Thursday, June 14, and was pushed by winds in the direction of several structures, threatening a pole barn and multiple residences.
The fire was contained in time to prevent any loss of structures, Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said, adding there were no injuries to people or livestock.
The final size of the area burned was not available at press time, however, it appeared to be fewer than 20 acres. The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department.
Craig Fire/Rescue, Bureau of Land Management and Maybell fire departments, Maybell Emergency Medical Services, Colorado Department of Transportation and Yampa Valley Electric all responded to the fire. According to scanner traffic, the agencies were aided by a resident who used his equipment to cut a fire break between the fire and additional structures.
YVSC annual Electric Vehicle Ride-n-Drive slated for June 30
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host the annual Electric Vehicle Ride-n-Drive community education event twice on June 30, and owners of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are encouraged to participate.
This free summer event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the Farmers Market at Seventh and Yampa streets in downtown Steamboat Springs and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Olympian Lodge parking lot at Howelsen Hill before the June 30 free concert.
The event will showcase several fully electric powered or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, including some available for short test drives, to help community members learn more about these modern, cleaner air vehicles. According to state vehicle registration records through April, Routt County is home to 24 electric vehicles and 132 electric/gasoline hybrid vehicles.
This year’s EV Ride-n-Drive will feature a 238-mile-range, all-electric Chevy Bolt, Tesla model X, Chevy Volt and electric bicycles and mountain bikes.
To learn more or to volunteer, contact Suzie Romig, energy outreach director for YVSC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-871-9299, ext. 104.
Award-winning Australian film scheduled for foreign film series
Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues with “Jasper Jones,” an award-winning film by Australian director Rachel Perkens, screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the Chief Theater.
The film is a riveting and moving Australian coming-of-age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishheart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer.
Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1968, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous. The film screens in English. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Local student graduates from Lehigh University
Alison Slivon of Clark graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business and economics with a major in finance from Lehigh University on May 21. Slivon graduated with honors.
Yampatika programs open to registration
Yampatika’s summer environmental education programs have opened for summer. The programs include nature walks, mineral springs tours, watershed and botany programs, geology and ecology tours and a dedicated naturalist onsite at Fish Creek Falls three days a week. Adult programs are open to residents and visitors.
“Yampatika’s summer programs are a fun, recreational and educational way to learn about Yampa Valley’s geography, history, ecology, animals, plants and more,” said Yampatika program director Kellie Gorman in a news release. There are free programs, including watershed and botany walks, wildflower walks and medicinal herb walks, and those that are offered at a minimal fee, including a guided gourmet lunch at Steamboat Resort and geology hikes at Mad Creek and other area trails.
Most programs require registration by contacting 970-871-9151 or email@example.com.
Cain graduates from University of San Diego
Quinn Cain, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from the University of San Diego on May 27. Cain earned a bachelor’s degree in English.
Matching challenge for trails completed
A $3,000 All or Nothing Matching Challenge to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund was successfully met 15 days before the June 28 deadline. The goal was met thanks to 20 donors who gave one time or monthly donations in addition to the participants of the RISE Steamboat fitness events.
This matching challenge was provided by a generous donation from the Three Moon Fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Visit yvcf.org/trails or call 970-879-8632 for more information about the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.
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