Steamboat briefs: Jane Norton to visit area today at Smokehouse |

Steamboat briefs: Jane Norton to visit area today at Smokehouse

Jane Norton

Jane Norton, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, up for election in 2010, visits Steamboat Springs from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave. The visit is part of a two-day swing across Northwest Colorado.

Campaign spokeswoman Cinamon Watson said Norton will meet with residents and discuss issues including federal spending and land management, health care and boosting the business climate. Norton served as Colorado’s lieutenant governor from 2002-2006 under former Gov. Bill Owens, and she is a former director of the state Department of Public Health and Environment. Norton was born in Grand Junction and raised on the Western Slope.

Motor Vehicle office closed today for equipment work

The Routt County Motor Vehicle Department will be closed from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today for equipment upgrades and training. The upgrades will allow the office to accept credit card, debit card and e-check payments when it reopens at 9:30 a.m. Credit and debit card payments will be subject to a 2.7 percent transaction fee, Routt County Motor Vehicle Department Supervisor Barb Bond said, and there will be a $1 fee for e-check payments.

AARP to hold class for drivers 50 and older

The AARP Driver Safety Program, formerly known as 55 Alive, will be presented from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The program is designed to teach drivers 50 and older how to compensate for age-related changes.

The cost is $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Upon completion of the one-day course, drivers will receive a certificate that is good for a discount on insurance. Jane and Bud Romberg will teach the class. For more information, call Shelly Orrell of the Routt County Council on Aging at 970-879-0633. Class size is limited.

Donations of pink scarves sought to raise funds

Donations of pink scarves are appreciated to benefit the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Coalition, which will sell the scarves at Epilogue Book Co. to raise funds for the annual Bust of Steamboat event. Donations of pink scarves can be dropped off at the bookstore. Call Marilyn at 970-870-3262 for details.