Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper will not be held in September |

Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper will not be held in September

Coffee and a Newspaper for September has been cancelled. The event will resume in October and is slated for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Email Editor Lisa Schlichtman at with any questions.

Work on Oak Street slated to begin during week

Construction is set to begin on the Oak Street portion of the downtown improvement plan. The city of Steamboat Springs has contracted with Native Excavating and Baseline Engineering to complete the project, which includes installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks, streetscape, storm sewer and electrical conduit.

The project area will include segments of Oak Street between Third and 12th streets with portions being completed in stages and all segments should be completed by 2018. Work will also include improvements to the Eighth and Oak street public parking lot.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, work will begin between Third and Fifth streets on the north side of Oak Street, which will remain open to pedestrians and vehicular traffic throughout the majority of the project. Closures will be limited to shoulders of the road and impacts to traffic will only occur during installation of utilities.

The project team will be conducting individual meetings with property owners and outreach will be ongoing throughout the project.

A construction hotline will be updated frequently; the number to call is 970-871-7052. Information on the overall project is available on the city’s website at

Papa Murphy’s donates $1 of each pizza sold to Italy

Papa Murphy’s in Steamboat Springs will donate $1 for each pizza sold on Friday to support earthquake relief in Italy.

Husband-and-wife owners Jordan and Lindsey Kenning said they are inspired by the fundraising events of Italian restaurants across the world and are enthusiastic to make their own contribution.

“Although our take ’n’ bake pizzas differ from the pizzas you would see in Naples, our cultural heritage shares many ties with Italy,” said Jordan Kenning in a news release. “Without Italy, there would be no pizza. If we can help others through our shared love of food, we want to be involved.”

Papa Murphy’s is located in Central Park Plaza.

Tread of Pioneers in search of nominations for Awards

Every year, the Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee associated with the Tread of Pioneers Museum presents two awards that honor people who have enriched the quality of life in Routt County.

These residents have served our public institutions, preserved our local history, or contributed significantly to the county’s heritage. Since 1980, the Leckenby Pioneer Award has been given to a living person in Routt County, and since 1982, the Stanley L. Larson Award has been given posthumously.

Nominees of the Leckenby Pioneer Award should:

■ Have lived a total of 30 years in the county. The nominee does not have to be living here now.

■ Be involved with the community, responsive to community needs (past and present) and serve as a representative of the history of the community.

■ Demonstrate personal integrity.

■ Be inspirational to youth. 

The qualifications for the Stanley L. Larson Award are:

■ The nominee must have lived in Routt County and must now be deceased.

■ The nominee must have made a major contribution to Routt County.

A short summary of the nominee would be helpful in the committee’s decision making. Nominations can be emailed to Contact information should be included with the nomination, and nominations should be submitted by Friday, Sept. 16.

Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly

Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley ( and Gary Sobol, who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network ( to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.

Class participants warm up muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. For more information, call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887, or email

Volunteers needed to help with zero-waste events

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Zero Hero volunteers are key to making more than 50 large community events waste-free, such as the Free Summer Concerts and the Farmers’ Market. Volunteers set up, staff and break down the Zero Waste stations, with each volunteer typically donating three hours of time.

Depending on the event and time commitment, volunteers can earn a free meal, Zero Hero T-shirt and Old Town Hot Springs pool passes. Volunteers are still needed for this weekend’s Free Concert and Farmers’ Market. To view all volunteer dates and sign up online, visit or email

Steamboat Art Museum in search of volunteers

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum’s store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits. 

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from all across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email

NWCH offers precautions to help avoid West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health, formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

■ Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.

■ Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

■ Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.

Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than 2 months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children.

West Nile virus is rare, but anyone with symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, should contact their health care provider immediately. Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes.

Visit for more information.

Volunteer tutors needed to help with English programs

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is seeking volunteers for its adult and youth English tutoring programs. 

Volunteers are trained and matched with an immigrant student in need of academic support or a limited-English speaking community member, depending on preference. 

Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No foreign language experience is necessary. Email or call Erin at

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