Steamboat briefs: Electric association adds 2 new vehicles to fleet |

Steamboat briefs: Electric association adds 2 new vehicles to fleet

Each year Yampa Valley Electric reviews its fleet to determine which vehicles are at the end of their service lives, and this year, YVEA identified two vehicles that were in need of replacement, a 2007 Ford Explorer with 100,000 miles and a 2010 Dodge small pickup with 183,000 miles.

After looking at the association’s needs, YVEA settled on two new Jeep Wranglers, and following a local bidding process, Steamboat Motors was awarded the purchase, because it offered the most competitive price, according to a news release from the association.

The association said Jeeps are well suited for areas with a high concentration of meters, such as condominium units where turning in tight areas can be tedious, adding that the new vehicles will improve the ability to get to remote cabin areas and two track back roads.

In addition, YVEA said meter technicians are required to carry a number of small tools and equipment, as well as safety gear and clothing, and keeping these items clean and dry is crucial. The closed cargo area afforded by the Jeeps will make this possible, according to the release.

For more information on the purchases, see the article in the January issue of Colorado Country Life or visit

Library, Autism program present “Life, Animated”

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Autism Program present a free screening of “Life, Animated” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in Library Hall

The award-winning film was created by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams and based on the New York Times bestselling book by Ross Suskind. The documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

Owen was a thriving 3-year-old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent and, for years after, remained unable to connect with other people or convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Through time and repeated viewings of Disney classics such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King,” Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to reconnect with the world around him.

This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence in a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering. For more information, visit

City sales tax rate set to decrease by 0.25 on Jan. 1

The sales and use tax rates within the city of Steamboat Springs will decrease by 0.25 percent Jan. 1, going from 4.75 percent to 4.5 percent. Referendum 2B was passed by voters in November 2011 and it is set to expire Dec. 31. The online sales tax filing system and paper forms will be adjusted to accommodate for this change. Contact the city’s sales tax department with questions.

Residents reminded of rules over dogs in public

The city of Steamboat Springs is reminding residents of local rules regarding pets in public areas.

■ Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be “at large,” even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.

■ Though most public places require dogs to be on leashes, there are two off-leash parks in Steamboat Springs, Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property. As the trail moves into county-owned property, dogs can be off leash, providing there are no signs posted to the contrary, and that the pet is within sight and under voice control. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.

■ For the continued enjoyment of everyone on the trails, owners are asked to pick up dogs’ waste and dispose of it properly in a sanitary container. Most public trails and parks provide bags for animal waste disposal.

■ Ensure it is easy for a lost pet to be returned, and remember to keep pets’ shots up to date and license pets each year at the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter or at a Steamboat Springs veterinary clinic — dogs are required to wear their licenses on their collars.

To review the city’s official complete list of rules on pets and animals, visit

Variety of crisis support lines available to residents

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 (REPS) 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: 1-888-207-4004

■ Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Integrated Community in need of area volunteers

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is seeking volunteers for its adult and youth English tutoring programs.

Volunteers are trained and matched with either an immigrant student in need of academic support or a limited-English speaking community member, depending on preference.

Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No foreign language experience is necessary. Contact Erin at or 970-819-3720.

New regulation applies to all snowmobile owners

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anyone planning to purchase a boat, OHV or snowmobile after Jan. 1 that a new regulation requires buyers to demonstrate proof of ownership before the vehicle can be registered. Failure to show proof of ownership will prevent the completion of the registration.

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