Steamboat briefs: Free preschool developmental screenings offered in March |

Steamboat briefs: Free preschool developmental screenings offered in March

The Steamboat Springs School District will offer free preschool developmental screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8 at the Steamboat Springs School District administration building, 325 Seventh St.

Screenings will cover vision, hearing, concepts, social skills, motor skills and speech and language. Staff from Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services and certified teachers will be on site to assess children and determine any developmental areas in which a child might need support during the 2017-18 school year.

The free screenings are open to children who will be 3 years old by Oct. 1, 2017.

Information and applications from the Colorado Preschool Program will be available.

Screenings are by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 970-871-3198.

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Travelers advised to take care against mosquitoes

Northwest Colorado Health recommends individuals planning travel to some popular destinations take precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses.

Areas where travelers have a higher risk of mosquito-transmitted viruses include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South American and some parts of the U.S. including areas in Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Follow these steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

■ Cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

■ Use insect repellents registered with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and con-tain active ingredients approved for safety and effectiveness such as DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE). For more information, go to

■ Always follow directions on insect-repellent labels. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET. Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children two months and older. Adults should spray insect repel-lent onto hands and then apply to a child's face.

■ Wear permethrin-treated clothing and gear (boots, pants, socks, tents). You can buy pre-treated items or treat them yourself (permethrin is not effective in Puerto Rico).

■ Stay and sleep in screened-in and air conditioned rooms whenever possible. Sleep under a mosquito net if rooms with air conditioning or screens is not available or if sleeping outdoors. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies two months and younger in carriers, strollers or cribs. Keep in mind that some mosquitoes are active during the day and at night.

■ Women who are pregnant may need to take special precautions and/or avoid travel to some areas with active Zika virus. For more information, go to

For more tips and information about high risk areas and various mosquito-transmitted viruses, visit

Student named to dean's list at Colby College in Maine

Andrew J. Williamson of Steamboat Springs was named to the Dean's List at Colby Col-lege in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2016-17 year. Williamson is one of 521 Colby students — or 27 percent of the student body — to qualify for the Dean's List this semester.

Williamson, a member of the Class of 2020, attended Steamboat Springs High School and Emerald Mountain School and is the son of Charles and Mary Williamson of Steamboat Springs. Williamson earned a semester GPA of 3.75 or higher this fall to be included on Colby's Dean's List.

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