Free energy efficiency Jump Starts available in Routt County |

Free energy efficiency Jump Starts available in Routt County

Middle- to lower-income families and individuals who own a home in Routt County with any type of utility services are eligible for a free Jump Start energy efficiency service through nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

This free service includes a comprehensive home energy efficiency evaluation and follow-up starter upgrades valued at $850. Eligible families can earn up to 80 percent of area median income, which equates to $48,560 for one person and $69,360 for a household of four. To apply, contact or 871-9299 ext. 104.

Fuels reduction, habitat improvements affect Buff Pass

A contractor will begin fuels reduction work Monday, July 16, on the Routt National Forest, approximately 3 miles north of Steamboat Springs, resulting in temporary interruptions along Buffalo Pass Road.

Work will take place along both sides of Forest Road 60, or Buffalo Pass Road, and will last one week.  Impact to the public may occur when heavy machinery crosses the road to access the treatment unit, resulting in temporary travel delays. The public should avoid the heavy equipment while in operation, as well as the work area.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The contractor will be utilizing mastication to reduce accumulated vegetation/fuels and to improve deer and elk winter range. Additional mastication is occurring on forest land near Alpine Mountain Ranch, but will have no public impact. In total, nearly 250 acres will be targeted for treatment this field season as part of the larger Steamboat Front Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project on the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. The contractor for this project is Western Timber Management LLC.

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