Steamboat briefs: Dog Fancy gives Steamboat title of Dog Town USA |

Steamboat briefs: Dog Fancy gives Steamboat title of Dog Town USA

Steamboat Springs was named Dog Town USA for 2013 by Dog Fancy magazine, according to a news release.

The annual award was given based on criteria including the presence of dog-friendly activities, restaurants, businesses, dog parks, medical specialists and pro-dog legislation, according to the release.

"Famous as an international ski resort, Steamboat Springs is a mile-high mecca for dogs and their owners, embracing a love for canines in daily life and activities year-round,'' Dog Fancy Editor Ernie Slone said in the release.

An award ceremony is at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Rita Valentine Park. As part of the award, Steamboat will be profiled in the September issue of Dog Fancy.

50th reunion for Soroco Class of 1963 next week

A 50th reunion for the Soroco High School Class of 1963 is Friday to Aug. 4. An open house is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Yampa Ladies Aid Hall. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 970-638-4454.

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Photos at Ciao Gelato show outdoors, Heeling Friends

Nancy Cameron's photo collection, "Purple Connections," will be on display through Thursday at Ciao Gelato, 700 Yampa St. The collection includes photos of the outdoors in Routt County and of the Heeling Friends group, which Cameron documented in the spring. 

Steamboat Art Museum to host Artists' Studio Tour

The Steamboat Art Museum will host an Artists' Studio Tour during the All Arts Festival on Aug. 17 and 18, when guests will tour studios across Routt County. The fee to be an artist on the tour is $25. Tour artists will be given a tour packet with supplies and information for the event and must provide refreshments and entertainment. Artists who would like to join the tour are asked to contact Dottie at 970-870-1755 or

Definition of developmental disability changes Thursday

Effective Thursday, Colorado will redefine what it means to have a developmental disability and to be eligible to receive services. Currently, eligible individuals must have cognitive and adaptive impairments at least two standard deviations below the norm. With the change, individuals can qualify for services if they have a cognitive or adaptive impairments, according to a news release.

"The change of that one word — and to or — means we'll be serving people who would have never qualified before," Horizons Executive Director Susan Mizen said in a release.

Adaptive behavior refers to an individual's performance of the day-to-day activities required for personal and social sufficiency, according to the release.

"The new definition means that people who have high cognitive scores but show deficits in adaptive domains could qualify for additional support through Horizons," Director of Service Coordination Amy Ibarra said in the release.

The state initially is not providing additional funding for the services, but Horizons has indicated it will seek out grants to fund the programs. For more information, visit

Steamboat Optimist Club is seeking new members

The nonprofit Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin Festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders. The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.

For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Grand Futures reminds of impaired driving danger

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to remind readers that impaired driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S., according to a news release.

Grand Futures is encouraging people to take a few steps to ensure their celebrations don't end in tragedy.

■ Designate a sober driver before the festivities begin.

■ If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. If you are impaired, find another way home: Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

■ If someone you know is drinking, do not let him or her get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by calling 970-879-1090.

Visit to download an impaired driving prevention flier as well as the R-U-Buzzed BAC Calculator App for iPhone and Android.

Newborn Network offering resources, information for parents

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network's free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

Green Machine recycling unit placed at Howelsen

A Green Machine recycling unit has been placed at Howelsen Hill for the summer, and Yampa Valley Recycles asks that people use the Howelsen unit when the two at Safeway are full. For more information, email

Community Barn Dance and Barbecue is Sept. 21

The sixth annual Community Barn Dance and Barbecue is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at Wandering Creek Ranch, 33850 Routt County Road 14. The event includes live music and dancing, barbecue from Rex's American Grill & Bar, children's activities and a raffle. It is is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

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