Steamboat briefs: County commissioners weekly meeting cancelled |

Steamboat briefs: County commissioners weekly meeting cancelled

The Routt County Board Of County Commissioners has cancelled its weekly work session and regular meeting, originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

Commissioner will be attending the Colorado Counties, Inc. Winter Conference in Colorado Springs.

Help available for health insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31. There are new plans and prices every year, and financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

Free, in-person assistance is available to help people find the right plan. If already enrolled, a person still needs to renew their plan to retain coverage. Plans need to be renewed by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1; Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1; and Jan. 31, for coverage beginning March 1.

For free assistance, contact a health coverage guide at Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7330 or Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322.  Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information and resources, visit

Library offers Food for Fines program in December

During the month of December, kids can “pay-off” their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines program. For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $2 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to the local LiftUp food bank. This program is for children and students age 17 and younger, for accounts listed under the child’s name during December only. The program cannot be used for replacement fees. Visit

Award-winning Sherpa documentary to screen

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Sherpa: Trouble on Everest,” a documentary film by Jennifer Peedom at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. The film captures a detailed picture of the people who are often left on the cutting room floor in depictions of voyages to the top of the earth’s highest mountain.

Filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6:45 a.m. April 18, 2014, a 14-million-ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.

The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. Sherpa, tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma. Visit for more information.

Documentary film about Audubon screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition present a free screening of the new documentary film “Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Library Hall.

Audubon’s passion for birds carried him across a continental wilderness to observe them in their natural habitat, and his skills as an artist and observer immortalized them and their environment to remind and inspire us two centuries later. A singular visionary in frontier America, Audubon was a godfather of Monday’s conservation movement and this film is the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved.

Audubon’s obsession cost him and his family dearly, but his work influenced every generation of nature lover that came after him, from Henry David Thoreau to Teddy Roosevelt, and has helped to preserve a small portion of the wild lands he explored and documented. His legacy is as timeless and vital as his art, and this film is an effort to appreciate him. Visit for more information.

Bestselling author Maria Semple visits library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with bestselling author Maria Semple at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Library Hall. Semple will speak about “Today Will Be Different,” a new novel from the author of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette. “Today Will Be Different” tells about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who is forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future. It is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood and how, sometimes, it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living. The free community talk includes a book sale and author signing. Visit for more information.

Girl Scouts in Steamboat in need of volunteers 

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

Supplies of yellow fever vaccine running short

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever risk area should contact the travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least five weeks prior to departure. Call 970-871-7336 for more information. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at

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