Steamboat briefs: Drop-off to accept difficult-to-recycle materials
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host its comprehensive Community Recycling Drop-Off from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Meadows Parking Lot. The event has become a fall ritual for residents to clean out their garages before winter arrives.
At this annual one-stop-drop event, residents can responsibly recycle electronics, household hazardous waste, appliances, skis, books, yard waste and more. This year, mattresses will be accepted for recycling.
While many items are accepted free, there are fees for some materials. A full list of items accepted and prices can be found at yvsc.org. All fees are cash and check only.
The event is for residential recycling only. No commercial drop-offs will be accepted.
Free Narcan training to be held Friday in Steamboat
Narcan training will be offered in Routt County Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Depending on the number of people who sign up for the training, there could be as many three trainings held throughout the day.
The sessions are open to anyone who wants to be trained on administering Narcan, a lifesaving opioid drug reversal intervention. In addition, the sessions, which are being conducted in cooperation with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and with the endorsement of the local Rx Task Force, offer a train-the-trainer component.
The training is free to attend, and registration is required. Visit csoc.org/training_schedule.asp to register.
Police warn of possible pay-at-the-pump fraud locally
The Steamboat Springs Police Department warns consumers to stay alert for suspicious devices when they pay-at-the-pump. The caution comes after several reports of fraud linked to pay-at-the-pump transactions at local gas stations, according to a news release from the city of Steamboat Springs.
The department is investigating two incidents of possible use of a skimming device at pay-at-the-pump locations in Steamboat.
Skimming devices read the information stored on the magnetic strip while the card passes through an attached device. The stolen information is often used in criminal activities. The skimming device can be attached directly over the card reader for the machine or concealed within the gas pump panel. It is nearly impossible to detect by users.
The most effective way to guard against fraud is through close monitoring of account activity, Steamboat Springs Police Department Commander Annette Dopplick said in the release. She encourages customers to take advantage of their institutions’ early-warning alerts and offers the following guidelines.
■ When possible, account holders should use the same ATM and gas pumps, so they become familiar with the appearance of the card reader.
■ Skimmers often disrupt the smooth entry/exit of the card. If the card action seems jerky or uneven, notify the vendor and treat the transaction as suspicious.
■ Inspect the card reader and the area near the PIN pad for any suspicious devices or tampered-with equipment.
■ If using a debit card, attempt to conceal the PIN or zip code from visual detection by covering the keypad with your hand as you enter it.
■ Use gas pumps and ATMs that are in plain view of passersby and surveillance cameras.
■ Look at other nearby gas pumps or ATM card readers to see if they match the one being used.
■ Inspect ATMs for uneven colors or loose PIN pads, and tug on the card slot before insertion.
■ Avoid gas pumps at which the tamper-safe security seal affixed to the pump has been broken.
Anyone with information regarding this suspicious activity is asked to contact the police department at 970-879-1144.
Routt County Riders to lead Emerald trail work day
Routt County Riders will lead a trail work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on Emerald Mountain. Volunteers are needed to re-establish trails damaged from logging and should meet at the Blackmere Drive gate at 9 a.m. Following the trail work, volunteers can enjoy lunch and beverages provided by New Belgium Brewing Company. Those who bring their bikes can ride down after.
Tools will be provided; volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, cap and water. Volunteers are asked to sign up at routtcountyriders.org/volunteer/ to ensure there is enough food and beverages.
Entries sought for “Twelve X Twelve” holiday art show
The Center for Visual Arts has announced a call for entry for all local artists to participate in “Twelve X Twelve,” a new holiday show at the CVA.
Artwork will be created on 12” by 12” panels provided by the nonprofit organization.
The show will open during First Friday Artwalk, Dec. 2, and continue through the month.
Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, to be voted on by the public during the month.
Entry fee is $15, and deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 5.
For more information, visit steamboatartcenter.com.
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