Steamboat briefs: Food donations needed for community Thanksgiving |

Steamboat briefs: Food donations needed for community Thanksgiving

Routt County United Way will hosts its free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The success of the event depends on food donations, and those who are able to donate a dish or two are invited to sign up at Last year’s community dinner fed 812 people and was supported by 154 volunteers and 134 food donations. Mountain Valley Bank is sponsoring this year’s event.

Steamboat seeks sign code input from community

The City of Steamboat Springs is updating its sign code and is seeking community input. The code regulates the size, location and other aspects of signage throughout the city.

Open house sessions to learn more about the project will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Information will be available for review, and planning staff as well as consultants will be on hand to answer questions and talk about signage. Community members are invited to stop by to get information and share their ideas.

Comments and ideas can also be shared through project’s webpage —

According to Toby Stauffer, with the city’s planning department, communities across the country are in the process of updating sign codes in response to the 2015 Supreme Court decision of Reed vs. Town of Gilbert, which prohibits content-based regulations. While Steamboat Springs’ sign code has been in need of updating for some time, the issue has gained urgency due to this changed legal environment, Stauffer said in a news release.

Sign code revisions will address clarity, ease of use and flexibility to consider signs in the context of specific zone districts and areas of the city.

Pile burning to begin in Routt National Forest

Despite a warm, dry fall across the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming, shorter days and imminent winter weather are prompting fire personnel to begin preparation for slash pile burning.

Hundreds of piles are estimated to remain on the two National Forests, even after many years of this type of work. Forest users and the public should be aware of and expect to see smoke, as many piles will be burned near communities, travel routes, and popular recreation areas.

The burning of highly visible piles will be advertised closer to the date of ignition and questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.

“Burning piles is a proven way of removing fuels and is a staple in our annual program of work,” said Vern Bentley, fire management officer for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, in a news release. “Our crews are well trained and proficient in this type of work.”

In recent years, the two forests have completed many forest management projects, including removing dead trees from travel corridors and recreation areas, as well as reducing hazardous fuels generated from the bark beetle epidemic. Fuels remaining in these areas have been gathered into piles, either mechanically or by hand.

The main objective of the pile burns is to reduce the remaining dead fuels, which is in the best interest of long-term public safety.

Fire managers will monitor weather forecasts prior to igniting piles. Burns are only initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fires. Pile burning will take place during fall and winter, as long as weather permits access.

Smoke from all prescribed fires is closely monitored to ensure that the conditions for smoke dispersal, developed in collaboration with the Colorado Air Pollution/Control Division and Wyoming Air Quality Division, are being met. These conditions reduce the likelihood of undesired smoke impacts.

Drop-in flu clinic offered at Yampa Valley Bank

Northwest Colorado Health is holding a drop-in flu clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Yampa Valley Bank, 600 South Lincoln Ave. Flu shots will be available for adults and children. Costs vary. Participants should bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) or other insurance card. Low-cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted. Flu shots also are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632 for more information.

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