Steamboat briefs: Driver’s license closed Monday |

Steamboat briefs: Driver’s license closed Monday

The Steamboat Springs driver's license office will be closed Monday for installation and training associated with the launch of a new driver's license, identification card and instruction permit design. This closure does not affect county title and registration offices. The local license office will reopen Tuesday, April 12.

City to begin summer bus schedule next week

Steamboat Springs Transit will start the summer bus schedule today. According to a news release from the city, this year's summer schedule will be similar to last year's, and service areas will include all locations served in past summers For complete schedule information, visit or call 970- 879-3717.

Local high school students to discuss Iceland trip

Sixteen local high school students and two teachers recently returned from a sustainability summit in Iceland and will discuss the trip and share photos at 7 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The trip kicked off with a Global Leaders Summit based on the future of energy held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Students heard from the president of Iceland, Steven Chu, former secretary of energy, and William Kamkwamba, author of the book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind."

They also worked in groups on designing a project that would improve the world's future of energy. One of our students was part of the group that was awarded judges number one choice and their project (a malaria water filter) will be displayed in the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden this summer.

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The students will share their experiences with a slide show, short video and question and answer session at today's event.

Girls lacrosse offered for 2nd through 5th grades

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse, for athletes in second through fifth grades, begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

Total cost for the program is $125 and includes 12 practices and two scheduled games in May. The program will focus on learning the basic fundamentals of girls lacrosse and small game play. To register, visit

Educator training offered at 8:30 a.m. April 29

The Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Education Initiative are partnering to present a training session for school-level staff to foster healthy student choices outside the classroom, according to a news release.

The training, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St., will provide attendees with solutions to many of the obstacles currently faced by schools when trying to impact students' health outside the cafeteria, according to the release.

The training will also help staff and parent advocates understand the basic components of creating a shift in the school food culture that aligns with current efforts and has lasting effects. Implementation guides and resources are among the tools that will be provided to help attendees take the first steps in providing healthier student opportunities and environments.

The training is free, and $100 per participant is available to offset substitute teacher pay. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register for the training, visit

New database introduced by South Routt libraries

The South Routt Library District has initiated a new database to enhance the experience of patrons of the Oak Creek and Yampa library branches, according to a news release.

The new database allows access to a number of resources, including, Academic Search Premier, Auto Repair Reference Center, Business Source Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, GreenFILE, History Reference Center, Legal Information Reference Center, MAS Ultra, Masterfile Premier, Middle Search Plus Newspaper Source, NoveList, Points of View Reference Center, Primary Search, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences, Regional Business News, Science Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, Topic Search and Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts with full text.

This database is also available on our the district's new website at southroutt.colibrar, which can be accessed using patron library number. Those who do not know their patron library number can call the Oak Creek Library at 970-136-8371, or the Yampa Library at 970-638-4654.

Hepatitis vaccines available at nonprofit health center

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood. Vaccines are available to prevent hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early.

Travel and/or some behaviors may increase hepatitis risk. Hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

Tips provided to protect from foodborne illnesses

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is advising precautions to avoid foodborne illness, particularly through the summer and fall.

Each year, one in six Americans are sickened from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The VNA recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting foodborne illness.

■ Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.

■ Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.

■ Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

■ Refrigerate leftovers that won't be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

■ Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don't leave cut produce out for many hours.

■ Keep food away from flies and insects. Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not to consume undercooked animal products.

Crisis support phone lines available to community

Crisis support lines available A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours a day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support. They include the following.

■ Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182.

■ Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888.

■ Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 888-207-4004.

■ Colorado's mental health crisis line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255).ee In the event of an emergency, dial 911.