Steamboat briefs: CMC campuses closed Thursday for employee conference |

Steamboat briefs: CMC campuses closed Thursday for employee conference

Colorado Mountain College campus will be closed May 11 as the result of an all-employee conference. All of the college's campuses and administrative offices — from Rifle to Steamboat to Aspen and all points between — will be closed until 8 a.m. Friday, May 12.

Close to 400 CMC employees will be descending upon the college's campus in Breckenridge and the Riverwalk Center for a day and a half of professional development workshops. Employees are also continuing to plan for events honoring the college's 50th anniversary, which is being celebrated throughout 2017.

In past years, all-college or all-faculty meetings have rotated among CMC's 11 learning locations in north-central Colorado. Last year, the gathering was held in Glenwood Springs. This year, thanks to support from local businesses, the college is holding the conference in Breckenridge.

Faculty from across the college will gather to discuss best practices in the subject areas they teach, and staff will attend breakout sessions that will re-energize and educate them in better ways to serve their communities and students.

International Migratory Bird Day scheduled for May 13

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"Helping Birds Along the Way" is the theme of this year's International Migratory Bird Day. Nancy Merrill will lead a free bird walk on the Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch, often referred to as "a birder's paradise," on Saturday, May 13. Coffee and scones will be served during a brief orientation at 7:45 a.m. The birding adventure will begin at 8 a.m. and end by

10 a.m.

Participants will see a diversity of migrating species that use the Hayden ranch as a stopover site as they journey north from their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and Central and South America. In addition, people will see even more species that chose to nest in the riparian forest, wet hay meadows and wetlands along the Yampa River.

All levels from beginners to advanced are encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress for weather.

Evening of free gardening advice slated at the library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Routt County CSU Master Gardeners present "Gardening 101/201: An Evening with the Master Gardeners," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 in Library Hall. With the onset of gardening season in the Yampa Vallley, this is a night of expert gardening advice to help gardeners plan and maximize their summer gardens.

Learn about the best use of the short growing season, whether your garden space is small or large, during 2.5 hours of hands-on demonstrations. During this open house gardening event, the community is invited to get their hands in the dirt and talk one-on-one with local gardening experts.

Demonstrations will include an introduction to gardening in Routt County, common pests and weeds, seed selection, transplanting, soil information, container gardens, season extension, water-wise gardening and more. Routt County CSU Extension's soil sample kits will be available for purchase on site as well. This is a free event and no registration required.

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Steamboat area Coffee with Council scheduled for May 12

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 12 at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The May session will provide status updates on the downtown improvement plan, joint law enforcement facility, parking options and traffic congestion as well as discussions on the impacts of summer tourism. Any other topics of interest are always welcome.

No RSVP is necessary, and community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Mental health listening tour to make stop in Steamboat

Mental Health Colorado is currently on a listening tour across Colorado, and the "Conversation with Colorado" heads to Steamboat Springs from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, will lead the discussion aimed at engaging more Coloradans in breaking through mental health care barriers.

People who have been attending the sessions include mental health professionals, family members of people fighting mental illnesses, people with mental health conditions, teachers, members of the law enforcement community, city/county representatives and state lawmakers.

Attendees share their experiences with the mental health care system in the area. Barriers range from not knowing where to start after a diagnosis, to trouble getting care and cost of care. 

Mental Health Colorado plans to compile the information from the tour to help make Colorado a national leader in addressing mental health and substance use disorders.