Steamboat briefs: City selects contractor to repair Howelsen jump
The city of Steamboat Springs has selected Gerber Berend Design Build Inc. to perform repairs on the HS127 jump at Howelsen Hill. Work is expected to begin immediately.
According to a visual structural assessment of the jump conducted by Steamboat Engineering & Architectural Design, the log columns of the jump do not raise any structural concerns at this time, but several other components, including the upper ramp surface, platform and decking, stairs, railings and some cross-bracing components, have reached the end of their service life and need to be replaced or repaired.
The city will use the engineering company’s recommendations and guidance to conduct these repairs in order of safety priority.
The goal of the project, which is being conducted in collaboration with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is to have the jump ready to use this winter.
Food donations needed for community dinner
Steamboat Springs’ Community Thanksgiving Dinner, organized each year by Routt County United Way, is in urgent need of cooked turkeys, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, jello salad and cranberry sauce for Thursday’s meal. Warm food in a disposable container can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and noon Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, where the dinner will be held. Call Routt County United Way at 970-879-5605 or sign up to donate at routtcountyunitedway.org.
Residents reminded of rules governing dogs in public
The city of Steamboat Springs is reminding residents of local rules regarding pets in public areas.
■ Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be “at large,” even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.
■ There are two off-leash parks in Steamboat Springs: Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.
■ Owners are asked to pick up dogs’ waste and dispose of it properly in a sanitary container. Most public trails and parks provide bags for animal waste disposal.
■ Ensure it is easy for a lost pet to be returned, and remember to keep pets’ shots up to date and license pets each year at the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter or at a Steamboat Springs veterinary clinic — dogs are required to wear their licenses on their collars.
To review the city’s official complete list of rules on pets and animals, visit steamboatsprings.net/animalcontrol.
Steamboat area 24-hour support lines available
A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours per day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support.
They include the following.
■ Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182
■ Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888
■ Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-207-4004
■ Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
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