Steamboat briefs: Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered
Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit
Local student named to Honors College at TSU
Claire Cox, daughter of Bill and Kathy Cox of Steamboat Springs, has been named to the Honors College at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Cox has also been recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization. A 2014 graduate of Colorado Virtual Academy, Cox is majoring in forensic science and anthropology and minoring in computer science and music at TSU.
VNA advises precautions with bats, wild animals
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:
■ Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.
■ Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.
■ Keep doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.
■ If bats are observed inside the home, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.
■ Keep pets up to date on rabies vaccines. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status.
■ If exposure to a bat occurs, safely collect the animal if possible using a shovel (do not use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves) and contact the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.
■ If you are bitten by a bat or wake to find a bat in the room where you are sleeping, contact your medical provider and the Visiting Nurse Association (the public health agency for Routt County).
For more information about rabies, visit cdc.gov/rabies.
23rd Literary Sojourn tickets go on sale Monday
Tickets go on sale Monday for the 23rd annual Literary Sojourn, featuring authors Diane Ackerman, Lily King, Dinaw Mengestu, Mary Doria Russell and Richard Russo, with master of ceremonies Jim Shepard. General admission tickets cost $75 and will go on sale online only at 9 a.m. Monday at literarysojourn.org/tickets.
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