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Steamboat briefs: Commissioners to hear school district master plan

The Steamboat Springs School District’s facility master plan options will be presented to the Board of Routt County Commissioners at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the commissioners hearing room located in the historic courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. The presentation is open to the public.

Live birds to be displayed during Yampatika event

Yampatika will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library and Little Toots Park.

There will be a bird story time with special appearances by Woodsy Owl and Talon. Live birds from Nature’s Educators in Denver will be on display, and there will be bird-themed arts and crafts offered for children. Adults will have the opportunity to learn how to attract more birds to their gardens.

The free event is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Yampa Valley Birding Club, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the library.

Fifth Street stormwater treatment project underway

The city of Steamboat Springs and Duckels Construction will begin work on a stormwater treatment project at Fifth and Yampa streets today.

Two-way traffic will be maintained between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue, however some parking will be closed. Vehicular traffic using River Road and Fifth Street should expect periodic delays, and there may be pedestrian and bicycle detours during certain phases of construction. The public is urged to use caution and slow down for the cone zone.

The project will include the installation of an underground stormwater treatment device in-line with the existing storm sewer along Fifth Street between Yampa Street and the alley. Once complete, this project will help remove litter, oil, sediment and other pollutants from stormwater runoff before it discharges into the Yampa River.

Construction is expected to last until June 5 depending on weather conditions and work progress.

Tennis Center to host block party at 11 a.m. Sunday

A free tennis block party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center of Steamboat Springs, 2500 Pine Grove Road. The event will be held rain or shine and will feature games for kids, prizes, a free barbecue lunch and free tennis. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Fourth of July parade float registration is now open

Registration is now open for the Steamboat Springs July Fourth Parade. The theme for the 2015 parade is “Blazes of Glory — Fireworks and Freedom,” and Steamboat community groups and businesses are encouraged to create a float for the popular parade. The application deadline is June 12. Email for more information.

Former Steamboat student graduates magna cum laude

Hayley Brookshire, a member of Steamboat Springs High School’s Class of 2011, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Colorado Mesa University. Earlier this year, she was invited to join the honor society for nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. Brookshire hopes to pursue her doctorate in nursing in the near future.

Sustainability council set to host zero waste training

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will hold two zero waste trainings from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Both trainings will be held at the YVSC office, in the Sequoyah Building at 141 Ninth St. Trainings are open to all ages, individuals, businesses and organizations. RSVP to   Visit for a full calendar of zero waste events.

Housing assistance guide provides tips on financing

The new Colorado Housing Financial Assistance Guide provides an array of resources to those across the state who face challenges staying in their home or finding a new place to live. 

The comprehensive guide provides information about more than 100 organizations across Colorado that offer financial support for those in need of housing help. The guide is available in both English and Spanish at under resident resources.

The resources are organized by region, covering the Denver metro area, Southeastern Colorado, Northern Colorado, Boulder and the Western Slope.

The guide is provided as a public service by the Colorado Apartment Association, along with additional support from the Colorado Association of Realtors, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Colorado Housing Connects, and the Colorado Division of Housing.

“Fortunately, there are many organizations doing great work to provide housing assistance but tracking them all down may be hard,” said Nancy Burke, vice president of government and community affairs at the Colorado Apartment Association, in a news release. “This guide pulls all these resources into a single source, organized by geography, to help Coloradans access them quickly and conveniently to find the help they need.”

Two statewide helplines can provide a good place to start for those seeking help. They are the Colorado Housing Connects Hotline at 844-926-6632 and the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline at 877-601-4673.

Doctors available at Solandt Memorial Hospital

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building in Hayden for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203. Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327. Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123. Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, M.A., by calling 970-213-5418.

Nearly 700 maps available for smartphone download

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release. 

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

Horizons provides kids with free development screenings

Horizons Specialized Services provides free screenings for children. If you’re a parent and are concerned about your child’s development, call Katherine Hartley at 970-871-8558. The screenings can answer questions such as “Should he be walking by now?” “How many words should she be saying?” and “Is her hearing and vision what it should be?”

¿Tiene usted preguntas como estas con respecto al desarrollo de su nina/o? ¿Deberia estar caminando a esta edad? ¿Cuantas palabras deberia mi nino/a estar diciendo? ¿Es su vision y audicion normal? Podemos contestar sus preguntas con un chequeo gratuito. Llame a Natosha al 970-756-5014.

Take survey online to give information about littering

To help the Routt County Litter Solutions Committee better understand the issue and solutions for litter in the Yampa Valley, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is conducting a survey that community members can participate in.

You can take the survey by visiting

Website helps veterans find jobs in transportation

A website has been designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry. According to a news release, the site allows former members of the armed forces to enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to civilian jobs in five categories: aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their backgrounds and search for available jobs in their field. Learn more at

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