Steamboat brief: Water main replacement in Old Town to begin Tuesday |

Steamboat brief: Water main replacement in Old Town to begin Tuesday

The city of Steamboat Springs and Native Excavating will replace an old, undersized and deteriorated water main in sections of Spruce, Laurel and Sixth streets beginning Tuesday. 

Work will begin at the intersection of Spruce and Grand streets and will progress westward down Spruce Street during the first week.

Small, one-block road closures should be anticipated during construction. Vehicular traffic should expect detours around the construction zones, and the public is urged to use alternate routes.

Construction is expected to be completed before mid-August, weather permitting.  

Yampa Valley Crane Festival coloring contest underway

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s kids coloring contest is underway. The crane drawing, designed by art teacher Rose Swenson, is available at the Bud Werner Memorial Library Kid’s Desk, Ciao Gelato and Yampatika. The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website at

Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it the locations above by Aug. 15. Winners will be notified in late August, and awards will be given out at a special ceremony at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sept. 8, the opening night of the festival. All contest entries will be displayed at the library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Aspiring writers invited to attend Camp NaNoWriMo

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Camp NaNoWriMo, Steamboat’s idyllic July writer’s retreat, during July. Writers are invited to set a goal, then complete a monthlong writing project while tracking progress with Camp NaNoWriMo’s online tools. Rally with the support of your fellow Steamboat campers.

The library is hosting a Camp NaNoWriMo orientation at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 on the second-floor reading deck, at which participants can ask questions and find out more about Campouts for Creation, known in the cold November NaNoWriMo months as Write-ins.

In November, the library sponsors National Novel Writer’s Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), which focuses on writers producing a 50,000-word novel.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a more casual virtual writer’s retreat designed for summer, giving participants maximum flexibility and creativity to set their own word-count goals and tackle a project from July 1 to 31. Start a new novel or tackle a revision.

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Driver’s license fees slated to increase starting July 1

Beginning July 1, Colorado driver’s license fees and several related services will change.

These changes were authorized by the state legislature and are intended to help offset the cost of providing Division of Motor Vehicles services.

The fee for a driver’s license for U.S. citizens and individuals able to demonstrate permanent or temporary lawful presence in the U.S. will increase by $1 to $26. 

The fee for a driver’s license under SB-251 (Colorado Road and Community Safety Act) will not change, because the cost for providing this service is already fully recouped.

Other fees that will be changing include the following

■ Duplicate instruction permit or duplicate minor driver’s license (under 21): Increasing from $9 to $12

■ Driving record: Increasing from $2.60 to $9

■ Certified driving record: Increasing from $3.20 to $10

■ One-year non-military extension: Increasing from $3.60 to $6.50

■ One-year non-military extension with motorcycle endorsement: Increasing from $5.60 to $8.50

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