Steamboat briefs: Earth Day edition of Wild Films is Tuesday at library |

Steamboat briefs: Earth Day edition of Wild Films is Tuesday at library

In honor of Earth Day, Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Wildlife Defenders,” an award-winning film by Rakiz Tuffile, which was featured at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall.

The movie will take viewers to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, which is fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss. This investigative documentary goes behind the scenes with the Wildlife Crime Unit of Malaysia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife as they confront the global epidemic in wildlife trafficking, following wildlife warriors into action as they battle to snare the devious gangs who supply the billion dollar animal trade.

The run time is about an hour, and the screening is free. Visit for more information.

CDOT provides Highway 9 traffic impacts update

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a traffic impacts update for the safety and improvements project it is conducting on the 11-mile segment of Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne.

For this week, work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There will be lane closures both northbound and southbound between mileposts 135 and 137 with alternating traffic for excavation and embankment. The shoulder will be closed between mileposts 131 and 137 for topsoil removal, surveying and removing/installing fence.

Motorists are urged to use caution and stay alert while traveling through the construction zone, to follow flaggers’ directions and to abide by reduced speed limits.

The project will improve the safety and operation of the highway by installing overpasses and underpasses for wildlife crossings, deer fence, new guardrail and signage, and by realigning the roadway.

Work is expected to last through mid-July 2017.

To receive updates on the project, call 970-724-4724 or email

Organization donates $400K for 40 nonprofits

On Colorado Gives Day, which was held Dec. 9, 2014, Yampa Valley Gives, the newly formed regional champion of, raised more than $400,000 for 40 nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties. And to build on its success, Yampa Valley Gives has started its 2015 Colorado Gives Day campaign. The day of giving this year is slated for Dec. 8. Anyone who would like to sponsor, volunteer or be involved in the cause should email Donors can give online or learn more about local nonprofits year-round at

4-H teams finish first at livestock competition

The Routt County 4-H livestock judging teams again shined at a competition in Limon last weekend. The senior team took first place overall out of 16 teams, and the junior team also finished first out of 19 teams.

In addition to the team awards, Routt County 4-H members took home individual honors. In the junior division, top finishers were: Emmit Meyring, first place; Grace Olinger, second; Kayla Wille, sixth; Katelyn Olinger, seventh; and Hannah Hayes, eighth. Top senior individual awards winners were: Tell Belton, first place; Kady Look, ninth; Tia Rozell, 11th; and Hallie Myhre, 14th.

The teams are coached by Rod Wille.

Friends of Hayden Library to oversee bulletin board

The Friends of the Hayden Library will be updating one of the bulletin boards in downtown Hayden across from the Kum & Go to inform the community of events and other newsworthy items. The Hayden Public Library will have a drop-off box for notices such as items for sale, volunteer opportunities, local programs and calendar of events. For-profit businesses will not be permitted to post information. The deadline for the week will be 4 p.m. every Saturday beginning this week. Call the Hayden Library at 970-276-3777 for more information.

Film kicks off joint project for local seniors and youth

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a screening of the documentary “Cyber-Seniors” at 5:30 p.m. May 5 at the Chief Theater.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit the VNA’s Aging Well program. The film is about a group of seniors taking their first steps into cyberspace with the help of teenage mentors. The screening kicks off a joint project with the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, which will match youth mentors with seniors interested in learning Internet and social media skills.

Tickets for the screening are available at All That, the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and at the door. Call 970-871-7696 for more information, and for information about the film, visit

Annual Women’s High Tea set for first Sunday in May

The annual Women’s High Tea will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Oak Creek Community Center. This free event, sponsored by the Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society, will feature an afternoon of old-fashioned entertainment with tea and delectables. Wearing a favorite hat is optional. Call the Tracks and Trails Museum at 970-736-8245 or email at for more information.

History Colorado seeks nominations for award

History Colorado invites families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more to nominate their property for the 2015 Colorado Centennial Farms Award. Farms and ranches that qualify will be honored at the 29th annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo this August.

Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business April 30.

Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:

■ Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years.

■ Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch.

■ Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres.

■ Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales.

History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development.

To submit a nomination, download the application at and mail it to: History Colorado State Historical Fund, Colorado Centennial Farms Program c/o Michelle Pearson, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203.

Food bank in Hayden to distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507 for more information.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts seek volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, call Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or email

Throwing away anything with a cord is prohibited

The Copper Magnate would like to remind Routt County residents it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord. The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site. All electronics and car batteries, with the exception of televisions, are free to recycle as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. The Copper Magnate is located at 1755 Lincoln Ave., in the back lot. For more information, call 970-846-6991.

Volunteers needed to become victim advocates

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Twenty-five hours of training is provided and will take place in early October according to participant schedules. Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested may call Kasey or Diane at 970-879-2034.

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