Rural DA bill sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts passes 1st committee |

Rural DA bill sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts passes 1st committee

Rep. Dylan Roberts’ first piece of legislation, a bill to expand an internship program for prosecutors in rural areas of Colorado, passed its first committee.

The prosecution fellowship program, established in 2014, places three graduates from each of the state’s two law schools – at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver — into one-year fellowships in one of the 12 rural district attorney’s offices around the state. The idea is to help rural DAs to recruit and retain prosecutors.

HB18-1102, sponsored by Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle, and Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial, gives fellows the option to extend their fellowships to 18 months, giving more job stability to a young law school grads willing to move into rural parts of the state as well as more continuity in the rural DA offices.

“This bill will help rural jurisdictions in recruiting, training and retaining new prosecutors, and will help rural DAs handle high caseloads with limited resources,” said Rep. Roberts in a news release.

The Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee.

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Environmental doc about Ethiopia transformation screens

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Ethiopia Rising: Red Terror to Green Revolution,” a featured film from the 2017 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall.

Ethiopia is rarely the subject of news reports unless it’s news of drought and famine. But this film by Mark Dodd tells a different story – a story of restored life and renewed hope. This is the story of the phenomenal environmental transformation of a nation told through the experience of one man, Aba Hawi, who mobilized an entire community to regenerate the surrounding hillsides, and in so doing saved his village from certain extinction.

Using dramatic reconstruction and documentary footage it shows what is possible when the people from a remote village in the far north of the country decide to stay on and transform their land. Visit for more information.

Steamboat student named to Wheaton College dean’s list

Alexandra Tumminello of Steamboat Springs was named to the dean’s list at Wheaton College for the fall 2017 semester. To earn dean’s list honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Morning writing workshop with Laura Pritchett on March 16

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a special writing workshop, “Write Your Life Now!”, with award-winning author Laura Pritchett from 10 a.m. to noon March 16. The theme ties in with her newest book, “Making Friends with Death,” which she’ll discuss during a free community talk in Library Hall on March 15.

The two-hour class will focus on picking life stories the writer most wants to write, deciding how to shape them, filling out the details and honing in on what matters most. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a solid start to telling their most important life moments.

The class is limited to 15 participants, and the cost is $65. To sign up, contact library adult programs coordinator Jennie Lay at jlay@steamboat Visit for more about Pritchett’s writing workshop and her library talk.

Enrollment open for variety of Yampatika summer camps

Yampatika’s summer camps are now open for registration for children age 5 to 15. This year’s camps offer a variety of new themes, including Wildlife Wardens, From Worms to Wolves, Skulls and Bones Society and Utes, Miners and Pioneers, under the direction of youth program coordinator Mike Loots. Also new this summer is junior naturalist program training for 13- to 15-year-olds.

Camps, which run from June 18 to Aug. 17, include weeklong programs, overnight adventures and drop-in day options. One of the highlights of the summer camp schedule is a five-night backpacking trip for 12- to 15-year-olds the first week in August.

In addition, Yampatika’s camp will be running one week longer than past years to better accommodate the start of the school year.

Need-based scholarships are available once again this year for families.

Kellie Gorman, Yampatika program director said the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation will support the summer programs.

For more information or to register for Yampatika’s summer camps visit

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