Literary Sojourn tickets to go on sale July 13
Literary Sojourn will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Steamboat’s 24th annual festival of readers and authors is presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and features Lauren Groff, Anthony Marra, Patrick deWitt, Ethan Canin and Jessie Burton, with master of ceremonies Jess Walter.
General admission tickets are $75 and will go on sale online only at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 at literarysojourn.org/tickets.
Visit literarysojourn.org for more details about the event, author biographies and a complete reading list.
Wildlife documentary to screen today in library hall
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Soul of the Elephant,” winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 7 p.m. today in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.
The documentary film takes an intimate look at one of the world’s most intelligent and sensitive animals of which, ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate; it means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd.
Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and, through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they might have seen, their great migrations for water with their families and their encounters with lions and hyenas.
This film, shot through the course of two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of two of the greatest storytellers of natural history. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/events.
Crews still working hot spots in Beaver Creek Fire
As dry weather moved over the Beaver Creek Fire, crews continued to patrol and mop up hot spots around structures Monday, according to a news release from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.
Firefighters also focused on rehabilitation of existing fire lines to prevent soil erosion on steep slopes, next to roads and near streams, taking advantage of the cool moist weather. Crews returned from the line reporting wildlife moving back into natural habitats and the regrowth of grasses in the burn area.
Firefighters are working both with heavy equipment and hand tools to build water bars on existing fire line. Additional structure defense preparations were being finalized Monday as the dry southwest winds are expected to increase fire activity. Crews are preparing for predicted single and group tree torching as fire behavior increases with the change in weather.
Temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees and humidity from 28 to 32 percent will influence fire behavior by drying out fuels. Afternoon thunderstorms and southwest winds gusting to 20 mph will make fuels more receptive to fire. No precipitation is predicted over the fire.
Incident Commander Jay Esperance thanked veterans for their service to the country and their hard work on the Beaver Creek Fire. While Americans take the opportunity on the Fourth of July to celebrate independence, he also asked firefighters to “thank the community for their support of incident personnel and firefighter safety.”
A community meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Wattenburg Center, 686 Jackson County Road 42 in Walden.
Homeowners invited to sign up for energy assessments
Homeowners in Routt and Moffat counties are encouraged to sign up for a free home energy assessment to learn how best to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The energy audits are free for homeowners who have Yampa Valley Electric Association service for electricity and have Atmos Energy for the primary source of home heating.
This service has a value of up to $350 and is available by signing up via the Energy Smart Colorado website, energysmartcolorado.com and clicking on the “For My Home “link.
Atmos heat customers can receive a free “quick-fix kit” valued at $50 for gas saving measures installed on site by the energy auditor, such as a hot water heater blanket or programmable thermostat. Customers who have only YVEA service and no Atmos natural gas service can receive the home energy audit for half price or $150.
The residential assessment includes an extensive walk-through and review of a home, blower-door test and infrared imaging to show areas of air leakage. A comprehensive report is sent to the customer afterward with a list of recommendations.
Homes larger than 3,000 square feet will have an additional charge of 5 cents per square foot, and home assessments in outlying areas may incur a small travel fee.
Contact the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council at 970-871-9299, ext. 104, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered
Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online, visit routthumane.org.
U.S. Forest Service maps accessible via smartphone
Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.
Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to the news release.
Education Fund looking to fill commission vacancies
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund has vacancies on both the Fund Board and Grand Commission for the coming year.
Those interested in applying are asked to visit steamboateducationfund.org to submit an application or for more information.
Farm storage facility loans available through USDA
The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.
The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to:
■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.
■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.
Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.
Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.
For more information, stop by the local FSA office or visit fsa.usda.gov.
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