Steamboat briefs: Climate change journalist slated to speak at Seminars |

Steamboat briefs: Climate change journalist slated to speak at Seminars

Seminars at Steamboat concludes its 15th anniversary season of nonpartisan policy talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert addressing “Can This Planet Be Saved? A Look at the Future of Biodiversity.” Kolbert’s talk starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug.14 in the Strings Pavilion. Free tickets are distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999 and has written extensively about climate change. Her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the National Magazine Award for Public Interest, and her book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Kolbert won a National Magazine Award in the reviews and criticism category for her work in The New Yorker. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue and Mother Jones, and have been anthologized in “The Best American Science and Nature Writing” and “The Best American Political Writing.”

Prior to joining the staff of The New Yorker, Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times.

KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of Kolbert’s Seminars talk at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at 88.5 FM. The broadcast will also be made available on Visit for more information.

Treatment center offers free ear acudetox acupuncture

The Foundry Treatment Center is offering free ear acudetox acupuncture to the community Thursday, Aug. 17. Acudetox is a form of acupuncture that gives people a general feeling of well-being, improves sleep, offers a sense of relaxation and fights cravings. The treatment, which involves the insertion of five thin, sterilized needles at key points in each ear, is regulated by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at The Foundry’s detox center, 1915 Alpine Plaza, unit C4, across from Alpine Bank.

Colorado Mountain College to host entrepreneurship seminar

A free seminar on the feasibility of starting a new business will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Colorado Mountain Entrepreneurship Center’s meeting room 127. 

The program, “How to Start a Business,” will offer content on understanding the marketplace, operational challenges, developing a budget and applying for a loan. This seminar is oriented toward those who have not previously started a business and are looking for planning assistance. 

Registration is not required. Call 970-870-4491 for more information. Colorado Mountain College, Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sponsor this seminar.

Film about Faroe Islands to screen locally

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new documentary film “Islands and the Whales” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Library Hall. This film by Mike Day won the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize, Best Film at the Wild and Scenic Film Fest and Best Emerging Filmmaker at Hot Docs.

In the North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the traditional hunting of seabirds and pilot whales continues to provide food for the table, but many doubt this way of life will continue. Local species of seabirds are in catastrophic decline as plastic flotsam fills their stomachs and pilot whales are highly contaminated with mercury and PCBs.

After spending 30 years studying thousands of the islands’ children, local toxicologist Dr. Pal Weihe reports that eating the contaminated whale meat could cause permanent cognitive impairment to children exposed in the womb, and may be linked to the islands’ high rate of Parkinson’s Disease, as well as other health problems.

As the islanders come to terms with the health revelations, they face increasing pressure from the outside world to stop the whale hunts.

The Faroe islanders consider themselves a canary in the mine, their tale a warning to the rest of the world.

This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit for more information.

Chief to hold auditions for Poe production

Auditions for “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at the Chief Theater.

The show is a series of Edgar Allan Poe dramatic readings that will be performed Oct. 20 and Oct.21. Interested parties should contact Arty Smith via email at

The show includes readings of seven poems and seven abridged tales.

Though performers are not requires to memorize lines, the production does require a commitment to making rehearsals, because most of the readings require careful timing in choral readings.

Local 1st to graduate from Ph.D. program

Dana Colgan, of Steamboat Springs, will receive Pacific University’s first Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the College of Health Professions today.

The program is the university’s newest doctoral degree offering, emphasizing research and clinical experience in complementary healthcare.

Local church offers food, commodities

The Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank, 202 E. Jefferson, distributes free food and personal items to those in need.

For more information, contact the church at 970-276-3510 or

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