Steamboat briefs: Campaign funds downtown decorations

A Save Our Spurs campaign, led by Jo Sarafis, was launched last year to raise money to bring back the spurs that decorated downtown Steamboat Springs during past holidays. Through donations and contributions, Sarafis raised enough funds to purchase 22 spur light pole decorations and donate them to the city of Steamboat. The decorations will be installed, maintained and stored by the city of Steamboat in return for the donation.

In addition, with the help of additional contributors, a reserve fund has been established by Mainstreet Steamboat and Sarah Buckles Larner of The Silver Spur. These funds will be used to purchase “Skylines” to be used across Lincoln Avenue and can be tapped to pay for repairs or replacements of the spurs.

Larner has also donated her labor to create 25 numbered commemorative sterling silver spur pins and pendants, which Sarafis presented to those who contributed toward the purchase of one or more spur light pole decorations. Pins or necklaces are available for purchase through The Silver Spur or Sarafis. Call 970-846-2053 or 970-879-3880 for more information.

CDOT announces completion of 2015 road improvements

The Colorado Department of Transportation has completed this year’s work for the safety and improvements project on an 11-mile segment of Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne. The work is expected to last until mid-July 2017, with a winter break from mid-November through March. As of Wednesday, Nov. 25, construction on Colo. 9 has been suspended. No traffic impacts can be expected through March 2016.

Library to screen 3 short films at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of three award-winning short films from the 2015 International Wildlife Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall.

“Consider the Ant,” a film by Emily Fraset, is a personal search for ethics in the post-modern wilds of an overpopulated planet, where Catholic guilt, environmental destruction and the fascinating lives of ants collide. Featuring Paul Ehrlich, the world’s leading expert on overpopulation, this kaleidoscopic journey of science and spirituality asks, “Who are we?” and “Who do we want to be?”

“Fungiphilia Rising,” a film by Madison McClintock, explores the fascinating world of mushrooms throughout the American West. The film aims to bring awareness to the important ecological functions mushrooms perform in the world’s ecosystems and built environments.

“A Wolf’s Place,” a film by Annie White, explores how wolves impact entire ecosystems in what scientists call a “trophic cascade.” It also dives into the personal side of large carnivore conservation through the story of Wolf No. 10, the first wild wolf released into Yellowstone in more than 70 years — his triumphant life and tragic death in the sights of a poacher’s gun.

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World AIDS Day to remind readers to get HIV tests

Today is World AIDS Day, and the CDC recommends getting an HIV test yearly or with new sexual partners. HIV tests are offered at the Planned Parenthood offices in Steamboat Springs, 1104 11th St. Call 970-879-2212 for more information.

Routt County 4-H hosts open house at 5 p.m. Thursday

Routt County 4-H will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Area youth and parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the programs offers through 4-H. Call the Routt County CSU Extension Office at 970-879-0825 or email for more information.

Behind-the-scenes museum tours offered twice weekly

Twice per month, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will host 20-minute, behind-the-scenes public tours of the museum’s collections and storage facility. The next tours are scheduled at noon Dec. 9 and Dec. 30. No reservation is required. For more information, call 970-879-2214 and ask for Katie.

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