Steamboat briefs: Expect more traffic for Thanksgiving weekend |

Steamboat briefs: Expect more traffic for Thanksgiving weekend

The Colorado Department of Transportation reminds drivers to anticipate heavier than normal traffic for the next few days as people travel for the Thanksgiving weekend and crowd the larger shopping areas.

“We wish all Coloradans a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt in a news release. “We’re doing what we can to minimize traffic impacts since we know there’s going to be a lot of people out traveling the state’s highways during the holiday period.”

To reduce potential delays, most CDOT construction projects will be suspended statewide by Wednesday afternoon. Projects will resume their regular schedules on Monday, Nov. 28. Projects located in rural or low-traffic areas may be operating Friday.

Traffic on Interstate 70 west typically increases on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with westbound traffic expected to be heavier than normal through Friday, primarily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Heavier than normal traffic should be anticipated on eastbound I-70 Saturday and Sunday, especially between Vail and the Denver area from late morning until late afternoon.

Road conditions can change quickly at this time of year. Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by going to

Library offers Food for Fines program to readers

During the month of December, kids can “pay-off” their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines program. For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $2 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to the local LiftUp food bank. This program is for kids and student, 17 and younger, for accounts listed under the child’s name during December only. The program cannot be used for replacement fees. Visit

Moose expert joins Twig Eater free screening

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Moose: Life of a Twig Eater,” winner of the Best Independent Film Award at the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Library Hall.

This intimate nature documentary takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a calf’s first year of life up close and personal. In addition, the screening includes an appearance by Colorado Parks and Wildlife terrestrial biologist Jeff Yost to answer questions about moose in and around the Yampa Valley, a population that has defied declines seen elsewhere around North America.

The film addresses a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Whether they make their home in the Canadian Rockies or in Minnesota, many moose populations are declining at a rapid rate. One reason is that many of the newborn calves are not surviving their first year. In order to find out why, the filmmaker spends a year documenting the life of a moose calf and its mother to understand what it takes to survive.

This is a first-person account by cameraman and naturalist Hugo Kitching of his year spent in Jasper National Park in the Canadian province of Alberta, a wilderness area that covers over 4,000 square miles.

Visit for more information.

Celebration of Light slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7

Community members are invited to celebrate the holidays while honoring the memories of loved ones during the Celebration of Light from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Individuals of all ages are welcome to release a sky lantern, decorate ornaments and enjoy light refreshments, cookies and hot chocolate. Everyone will release their sky lanterns together at 7 p.m. There will also be a special activity for children. Call Dr. JoAnne Grace at 970-846-8319 for more information.

Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly

Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley ( and Gary Sobol, who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network ( to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.

Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. For more information, call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887, or email

Volunteers sought to help with zero-waste events

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Zero Hero volunteers are key to making more than 50 large community events waste-free, such as the Free Summer Concerts and the Farmers’ Market. Volunteers set up, staff and break down the Zero Waste stations, with each volunteer typically donating three hours of time.

Depending on the event and time commitment, volunteers can earn a free meal, Zero Hero T-Shirt and Old Town Hot Springs pool passes. Volunteers are still needed for this weekend’s Free Concert and Farmers’ Market. To view all volunteer dates and sign up online, visit or email

Support group offered to help grieving parents

A support group for parents grieving the loss of a child will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is intended to help parents who have lost children of any age find support among other parents experiencing similar loss. Contact Dr. Jo Anne Grace at 970-846-8319 for more information.

Integrated Community in need of volunteers to tutor

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 or 970-819-3720.

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