Steamboat briefs: DUI saturation planned to be conducted in Steamboat
Steamboat Springs — Colorado State Patrol troopers from across Troop 4B, in conjunction with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol in the Steamboat Springs area Friday in an effort to prevent motor vehicle crashes.
Troop 4B, which includes Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Grand and Jackson counties, have investigated 34 crashes related to impaired-driving in 2016. As of Monday, Aug. 22, there have been 353 fatalities statewide — 116 of which involved drug or alcohol impairment since the start of the year.
Residents can report any suspected impaired driver by dialing CSP (277) from a cellphone.
County treasurer proposes plan for Peabody taxes
A Wednesday, Aug. 25 statement released by a Front Range public relations firm reports that Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn has proposed to Peabody Energy officials, via email, a plan that would allow the coal industry giant, currently reorganizing through bankruptcy, to pay part of the delinquent 2015 property taxes it owes to Routt Conty taxing entities and delay payment of accrued interest and fees until the company exits bankruptcy.
Horn has previously told Steamboat Today the state statutes prevented her from receiving payment of overdue taxes without also receiving associated fees and interest, something the treasurer said the company has been unwilling to do. Now, that position has been amended.
According to the news release, Colorado law permits county treasurers to authorize a payment plan to accept partial payment for personal property taxes, but not real property taxes. Steamboat Today has reported that Peabody’s taxable personal property includes, among other things, its longwall mining equipment. Typical of taxable real property are land holdings.
According to the statement issued on behalf of Horn, under the proposed plan, Peabody would be required to promptly pay its 2015 personal property taxes due in 2016, in the amount of $733,148.86. The company would remit payment of all accrued interest, costs and fees related to these taxes no later than 10 calendar days after the bankruptcy court confirms debtors’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan.
In addition, all interest, costs and fees related to the personal property taxes will continue to be secured by the first-priority statutory lien on Peabody’s personal property, in accordance with Colorado law.
Applications open for Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Applications for the year-long Rotary Youth Exchange and Summer Exchange programs are now being accepted by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs. These programs are open to students age 15 to 19.
To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community. Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.
All applicants must complete a written application and in-person interview. Students who are interested in either of the programs should review the information at rotary5440.org/sitepage/outbound-program-1, and then complete the short-form application located on the Rotary site and return it to Julie Taulman at email@example.com no later than Sept. 21.
For additional information, attend the parent/student informational meeting about the exchange experience and process at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 7 in the Steamboat Springs High School media center.
Library hosts evening of TED talks about education
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “TED Talks: Education Revolution,” a collection of talks by education innovators at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Library Hall.
Hosted by author, producer and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actor and singer Sara Ramirez, the program features talks by educator Sal Khan, who examines what the classroom might look like in the future and the impact of online teaching; Victor Rios, who takes a deep dive into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline; and Principal Nadia Lopez, whose middle school is in the most dangerous borough in New York and where almost all her students live below the poverty line.
“Education Revolution” also addresses the issue of over-parenting with some revolutionary ideas from Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” who believes chores and love are more important than a check-listed childhood.
The program also features music from Meshell Ndegeocello; several short films by award-winning filmmakers on the modern classroom, implicit bias and what it’s like to be an undocumented student growing up in Georgia; and a performance piece from the legendary Anna Deavere Smith from her one-woman show, “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education.”
Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Hayden Library asks for school supply donations
For the month of September, the Hayden Public Library is taking donations of any school or office supplies people want to drop off. All supplies will be taken to the school for any student that needs them.
Some free crane festival events require registration
The Yampa Valley Crane Festival will be held Sept. 8 to 11, and the schedule is full of free events custom-tailored for kids, including a few that require advance registration due to limited space.
Space is still available in two owl pellet workshops that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Bud Werner Memorial Library, plus a family activities night on Friday, Sept. 9 at a ranch in Hayden, which includes games, crane viewing and dessert.
In addition, the festival’s guided crane viewings are appropriate for all ages, and reserved spaces are still available for three morning trips to see the birds along with some of the world’s top experts. To register for any of these events, visit coloradocranes.org.
Har Mishpacha announces religious school program
Har Mishpacha, Steamboat Springs’ Jewish congregation is offering two tiers of Jewish educational programming for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. There is no cost to congregation members, with the exception of a one-time workbook fee at the beginning of the year.
The kindergarten through third-grade program focuses on Jewish identity, history and community. Students learn about Jewish holidays, symbols, introductory prayers and a variety of customs and traditions. This group meets every other Sunday and is taught by Sari Davidson.
The fourth- through seventh-grade program focuses on a self-paced Hebrew curriculum. Students learn to decode Hebrew, read and chant Hebrew prayers and prepare for Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This group meets every Sunday and is taught by Cindy Ruzicka.
Program hours are 4 to 5 p.m. Sundays at Emerald Mountain School. For more information and to enroll, email Cindy Ruzicka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yampa Valley Gives in search of board members
Yampa Valley Gives is seeking letters of intent for an open board of trustees position.
yampavalleygives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring nonprofits from Routt and Moffat counties. The group works to increase philanthropy in the Yampa Valley by encouraging residents to donate on Yampa Valley Gives Day.
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