News in brief for Jan. 7
Avalanche watch issued for surrounding mountains
The National Weather Service and Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche watch for the mountains around Steamboat Springs, including Rabbit Ears Pass and the Flat Tops. According to the report, 15 to 30 inches of recent snow and blowing snow in backcountry areas has resulted in high avalanche danger in zones above 9,000 feet.
The threat of human-triggered avalanches is high today, according to the report, which was issued at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The avalanche watch will become an avalanche warning if any snow slides are reported.
For more information, call (970) 668-0600 or visit http://www.geosurvey. state.co.us/avalanche.
Library announces ‘Sock
It To Me’ award winners
The Bud Werner Memorial Library has announced the winners of its holiday “Sock It To Me” program, in which teens were invited to the library to enter a drawing to win a holiday stocking full of books, movies and other goodies. More than 150 teens entered, and a drawing was held Jan. 3. Catherine Fischer won the “drama” stocking and Alana White who won the “fantasy” stocking.
Community alliance hosts its fifth annual gathering
The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley holds its fifth annual gathering at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Olympian Hall. Pitkin County Commissioner Mick Ireland will talk about what the future holds for resort towns such as Steamboat Springs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to LIFT-UP.
Let Colorado help you
quit smoking this year
Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use. This year, Colorado’s free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. For a limited time, the Colorado Quitline will be offering $5, mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be included in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 and older. The coupons will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to people who call 1-800-639-QUIT (7848). For more information about the offer, call Judy Hiester at 879-1632 or 824-8233.
Volunteers, ski teams needed for Snow Express
Volunteers and ski teams are needed for the Jimmie Heuga Snow Express for multiple sclerosis and the fourth annual Music Jam and silent auction to be held Jan. 22 at the Depot Art Center. Call Wes Dearborn at 846-2333.
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Editor’s note: The story was updated at 8:33 p.m.