Portion of Routt County Road 62 to be closed north of Clark
Routt County Road 62 will close 1.2 miles north of Clark and 10.2 miles south of Routt County Road 129 on the Hahns Peak end due to culvert replacement. Roadway user traffic will be restricted in this area beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21. The closure will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roadway users are advised to avoid the area. The work is part of Routt County’s annual culvert maintenance/replacement program.
Forest Service to spread gravel on Buff Pass Road on Monday
The U.S. Forest Service will spread gravel on Forest Road 60 — Buffalo Pass Road — beginning Monday, Aug. 20. The project should be completed by Aug. 31.
The public is asked to be aware that this maintenance will take place and to expect short delays accessing Summit Lake Campground and Trailhead, as well as Granite Campground. Signs will be posted as work progresses to direct traffic.
Gravel will be spread on the west side of Buffalo Pass, for an approximate 1.2-mile stretch, starting close to the second seasonal closure gate and continuing east. This is a part of phased gravel and roadwork that will continue for multiple seasons.
Library, museum hosts talk about history of sheep ranching
Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present a free community talk with historian Andrew Gulliford, author of the new book “The Woolly West: Exploring the History of Colorado’s Hidden Sheepscapes” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 in Library Hall.
With vivid, elegant and reflective prose, Gulliford explores the origins of sheep grazing in the region, the often-violent conflicts between the sheep and cattle industries, the creation of national forests, and ultimately, the segmenting of grazing allotments with the passage of the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. Deeper into the 20th century, Gulliford grapples with the challenges of ecological change and the politics of immigrant labor. And in the present day, as the public lands of the West are increasingly used for recreation, conflicts between hikers and dogs guarding flocks are again putting the sheep industry on the defensive.
“The Woolly West” is the first book in decades devoted to the sheep industry and breaks new ground in the history of the Colorado Basque, Greek and Hispano shepherding families whose ranching legacies continue to the present day.
Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
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