Steamboat briefs: 2014 Navigator Awards to be held Friday at Strings |

Steamboat briefs: 2014 Navigator Awards to be held Friday at Strings

The 2014 Navigator Awards, held in conjunction with the 107th annual meeting of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will be held Friday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

In addition to the presentation of Business Person of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and Business of the Year awards, the evening will include special musical performances by Brent Rowan and country music star Joe Nichols.

The gala evening is open to the public and tickets are available at Tickets are $90 for reserved seating, $70 for general admission and $800 for a VIP table for eight.

The annual Navigator Awards are sponsored by the Chamber and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Routt County voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote

Routt County voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote. There is a secure 24-hour ballot drop-off box located in the alley between the Routt County Courthouse and annex. Anyone who did not receive a ballot in the mail or who needs to register to vote, change their mailing address, replace a lost or damaged ballot or vote in person can do so at the Routt County Voter Service and Polling Center, which is located in the Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St. in Steamboat Springs. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. VSPC services also will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Oak Creek and Hayden town halls. Ballots must be received by the Routt County clerk and recorder no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call the county clerk at 970-870-5558 for additional information.

Construction work on US Highway 40 continues

Construction work on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs continues this week with crews installing brick pavers in the center medians from Anglers Drive to J.D. Hays Way. Workers also will be drilling traffic signal bases at the Pine Grove Road intersection. Connell Resources, of Steamboat Springs, the contractor for the $6 million project, has completed all paving work. For more information, call the project information line at 970-871-7949 or email

Presentation on future of recycling to be held Nov. 12

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will present a program entitled “The Future of Recycling in Routt County” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus’ Allbright Family Auditorium.

The results of a recycling study, which was conducted by YVSC and Laurie Batchelder Adams, of LBA Associates, will be presented. The study studied current and future demands for recycling in Routt County and evaluated models for increasing the economic sustainability of recycling within the region. At the presentation, Batchelder Adams will present her findings and talk about what recycling models are working in other rural mountain communities.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

BookTrails to offer Oregon Trail program this week

BookTrails will offer a program about the Oregon Trail on Thursday and Friday when school will not be in session because of parent-teacher conferences. Students will read stories about the Oregon Trail, learn about wildlife encounters and lead their own wagon down BookTrails’ version of the Oregon Trail. Visit for more information and to register. Scholarships are available.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your homes

Atmos Energy reminds customers to take steps in their homes to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete combustion in home heating systems, gas ovens, dryers, fireplaces and automobile engines. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like and often include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family experiences these symptoms, leave the premises immediately and seek fresh air, call 911 or seek emergency medical attention and call Atmos Energy’s Emergency hotline at 1-866-322-8667.

Homeowners are advised to install carbon monoxide detectors in the home on all floors where bedrooms are located. Detectors identify traces of carbon monoxide in the home and sound an alarm when carbon monoxide is detected.

Other tips to reduce the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage.

■ Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that gas appliances have proper ventilation systems.

■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air.

■ Change furnace filters regularly.

■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source.

■ Do not use charcoal indoors for either cooking or heating.

■ Make sure kerosene and other portable heaters are vented to the outside.

US Forest Service to waive fees at most day-use sites

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites from Saturday through Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Fees will be waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. Sites operated by private concessionaires may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

“We honor our veterans each Nov. 11 and every other day of the year,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a news release. “We hope that this time will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”

No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free.

Check with your local forest or grassland or on to see if your destination charges a fee. Go online to find a national forest or grassland near you.

VNA to have limited birth certificate hours this week

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will have limited birth certificate hours this week in the Steamboat Springs office.

Birth certificate applications can be dropped off at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and they will not be able to be processed at the time of application. The certificates can be mailed out or picked up the next day during the same hours.

For questions or concerns, call 970-879-1632.

VNA offers a program to help young adult smokers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds young adult smokers that a free text message program is available to help them quit tobacco.

SmokefreeTXT is a free mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show support, including text message programs, can significantly improve a person’s chance for success

To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or visit The service is available in English and Spanish.

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