Steamboat briefs: City seeks residents to serve on boards and commissions
The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for residents to serve on some of the city’s most influential boards and commissions.
The groups that have open seats include the Planning Commission, the Board of Ad-justment, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Local Marketing District Board, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ice Rink Advisory Committee.
Applications for all of the open positions are due by 5 p.m. April 17.
Applications can be picked up at City Hall on 10th Street or printed out online at steamboatsprings.net.
Wildlife film about parrots screens Monday at library
Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Parrot Confidential,” an award-winning film from the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall.
The film by Allison Argo takes a look at the exotic beauty, outrageous intelligence and remarkably advanced language skills that have made parrots one of the world’s most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Their ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rainforest, not for captivity.
Some owners come to the conclusion that they have taken on a more difficult challenge than they can handle and turn to overcrowded shelters and sanctuaries for help. From U.S. suburbs to the wilds of Costa Rica, parrot owners, rescuers, breeders and biologists involved in conservation programs share their stories and the stories of their parrots in this bittersweet and unforgettable film about the difficulties and consequences of keeping and caring for parrots as pets.
Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Deadline approaches for limited hunting licenses
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters that the application deadline for the 2015 limited license draw is April 7.
Anyone who has questions or needs help with the process is invited to attend a “License Application 101” class at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Parks and Wildlife Office/Forest Service Office, 925 Weiss Drive.
In addition to help and guidance with both paper and online applications, agency personnel will answer common questions about preference points, residency, Habitat Stamp requirements and Hunter Education status.
“This is a great way to get application questions answered,” CPW’s Christy Bubenheim, customer service representative in Steamboat Springs, said in a news release. “ Don’t wait until it’s too late. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to be sure you don’t have any last-minute issues.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is available to answer questions by phone, at any local CPW office or online at cpw.state.co.us.
Blood drive scheduled for Thursday at YVMC
A community blood drive and bone marrow registry event will held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.
Jaydah Williams, the 18-month-old niece of a hospital employee, was recently diagnosed with leukemia and will need a bone marrow transplant to survive. Only a cheek swab is required to join the national registry with a commitment to donate if a match is found.
To schedule an appointment, call Bonfils Appointment Center at 1-800-365-0006, Option 2, or sign up online at bonfils.org, site code 0234. Walk-ins are welcome from 3:30 to 5:30 as space permits.
Those participating in the drive are advised to eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood. One hour should be allowed for the entire process.
Philantropist of the Year nominations being accepted
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Philanthropist of the Year Award, which was established in 1998 by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to heighten visibility of philanthropy and giving in the Yampa Valley. Each year, this award honors an individual, business and youth who have exhibited significant charitable giving, in-sightful leadership and volunteerism, and who encouraged others to contribute by ex-ample.
Visit yvcf.org/philanthropist-of-the-year for the form and instructions on how to submit a nomination. The site also includes a list of previous award recipients. The deadline for nominations is April 30. Call 970-879-8632 with more information.
Free colonoscopies being offered to eligible adults
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonos-copies for low income, eligible adults. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screen-ings beginning at age 50. Individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier. A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-879-1632.
Tread of Pioneers Museum looking for volunteers
The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact the museum’s volunteer coordinator at 970-879-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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