Steamboat briefs: Date set for dog ordinance community meeting
The city of Steamboat Springs is hosting a public meeting to present proposed changes to the city’s current animal control ordinances at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The public is welcome, and feedback is encouraged on the proposed ordinance changes.
Copies of the proposed changes will be available at the meeting. Any input will be passed along to City Council members, and any proposed changes to the ordinance will go to City Council for their approval.
Residents will also have a chance at the meeting to give their input on ideas of increased off-leash opportunities for dogs. There will be a sign-up sheet for those who wish to be a part of a committee that will research location options, private funding and other partnerships or solutions and report back to the Parks and Recreation Commission. City officials encourage residents representing both sides of the issue to attend and express their views.
Coffee with Council slated for today at Centennial Hall
Coffee with Council will continue from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. All topics of discussion are welcome and encouraged. The goal of Coffee with Council is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with City Council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any is-sues of interest to them. No RSVP is necessary. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Friends of Yampa schedule river cleanup day Monday
Friends of the Yampa and the river outfitters of Steamboat Springs are seeking volunteers to help clean up the Yampa River at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The group will meet at Backdoor Sports on Yampa Street and split up from there to clean different sections of the river. Lunch will be provided by Soda Creek Pizza. Call 970-879-6249 for more information.
Arts Council in search of chalk artist volunteers
In conjunction with the All Arts Festival, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for artists to participate in painting along Lincoln Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. The artists will use a paint, consisting of ground-up pastels mixed with water. A board and pastels will be provided. To volunteer or for more information, contact Dona Steele at 970-879-9038.
Steamboat student earns degree in engineering
Thomas Lyon of Steamboat Springs earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May. Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s oldest technological research university. It is located in Troy, New York.
Calling 811 mitigates risk of damaged utility lines
Atmos Energy reminds homeowners and excavators they are required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked before digging.
Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care near all line markings by digging by hand.
“The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said Gary Gregory, president of Atmos Energy’s Colorado division, in a news release. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”
Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chances of hitting an underground utility line decreases by 99.9 percent.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the location of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.
Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015.
“We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law,” Gregory said. “Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators should call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property.
Visit atmosenergy.com/811 or 811.com for more information.
Volunteer artists needed to decorate yard art cranes
The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition is seeking volunteer artists to decorate yard art cranes for the fifth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival crane yard art exhibit and silent auction.
Blank wood and metal cranes will be distributed to participating artists in April and must be returned fully decorated by Monday, Aug. 15. Diverse and creative decorating motifs are encouraged, but artists are requested to consider materials that withstand the outdoors, since the cranes are designed as yard ornaments.
Decorated cranes will be displayed with credit to the artists on the Bud Werner Memorial Library lawn during the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Sept. 8 to 11. All proceeds from the crane yard art silent auction will benefit the Yampa Valley Crane Festival and the new Crops for Cranes conservation program.
Those interested in volunteering or in need of more information can call Karen Kellogg at 970-846-2559.
Yampa Valley Crane Festival coloring contest underway
The Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s kids coloring contest is underway. The crane draw-ing, designed by art teacher Rose Swenson, is available at the Bud Werner Children’s library, Ciao Gelato and Yampatika. The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website at coloradocranes.org.
Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it to back to these same locations by Monday, Aug. 15. Winners will be notified in late August, and awards will be given out at a special ceremony at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sept. 8, the opening night of the festival. All contest entries will be displayed at the library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
Registration underway for annual golf trout tourney
The Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust and the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers chapter of Trout Unlimited are hosting their 15th annual Gold and Trout Fishing fundraising tournament on Sept. 9, 10 and 11. The nonprofit organizations donate tournament proceeds to the preservation and improvement of coldwater fisheries in the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado.
Registration for the entire weekend is $800 per participant or $3,200 for a team of four. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Bruce Carta at 970-819-3633 to register.
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