Steamboat briefs: Library presents science talk about aspens, changes in West |

Steamboat briefs: Library presents science talk about aspens, changes in West

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampatika and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest will present a free talk “How’s your aspen?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. As fall approaches, learn about the unique biology, values and challenges that face aspen forests in the Rocky Mountains. Ecologist and aspen expert Kelsey Correia presents a talk about quaking aspen in the West.

As a Colorado native, Correia has a strong passion to learn and care for the outdoors. Correia earned a bachelor’s in rangeland ecology, focusing on restoration ecology, and a master’s in forest science from Colorado State University. She has spent the last three years researching aspen forests in Northwest Colorado, has assisted in research to restore native plant communities across the West, and has taught about natural resource management in both the classroom and in the field.

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Museum program showcases history of quilts, female pioneers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild host “Voices of the Past: Quilts and Soddies” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Staff from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will provide a walk through history as they share their insights into the pioneer experience of women who homesteaded the American West. The museum presenter, in period costume, will reveal the 1880s to 1920s women’s experience utilizing the journals of women who lived during this time. The presentation will include beautiful textile creations that were made in the pioneer women’s humble sod homes. The event is open to the community; a $3 donation to the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild is suggested.

South Routt area public libraries mark Banned Books Week

Oak Creek and Yampa public libraries will be celebrating Banned Books Week from Monday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, 30 with a special display of challenged books, which include “Huckleberry Finn,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Of Mice and Men” and others. The South Routt libraries will also host a contest where participants choose which quote belongs with the correct author/title. All entries at both libraries will be put into a prize drawing for a book of choice valued $40 or less. Call 970-736-8371 for more information.

Comic, actor Will Durst to appear at Chief Theater on Sept. 29, 30

Fresh from the national tour of his award-nominated chronicle of the action-packed 2016 election, “Elect to Laugh,” comic, columnist, actor and author Will Durst will present his new solo outing, “The Durst Case Scenario,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs.

The 80-minute show is a comedic exploration of a changing America during Trump’s presidency. Durst, described by the Oregonian as “the thinking man’s comic,” analyzes where we are, how we got here and what possible destinations lie ahead.

Tickets are $20 per show or $30 for both nights. For ticket information, visit

Volunteers invited to wild horse National Public Lands project

The Bureau of Land Management, Sand Wash Advocate Team and the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary invite volunteers to help improve the Sand Wash wild horse herd management area as part of National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 30. Volunteers will help with fence repair and other clean-up of the area.

“This is a great opportunity to help improve Sand Wash for wild horses and enjoy a great day outdoors,” said Aleta Wolf, program director for the Sand Wash Advocate Team, in a news release.

Participants should bring sunscreen, a sun hat, work gloves, fencing tools, if available, and a camp chair.

The Sand Wash Advocate Team will provide water and snacks during the work and a barbecue lunch. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share. The National Public Lands Day project is part of the annual SWAT Rendezvous. 

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Sand Wash corrals off of Colorado Highway 318. Contact Aleta Wolf at 720-891-0877 or Hunter Seim at 970-826-5000 for more information.

Each year, more than 4,000 volunteers contribute more than 200,000 hours to the BLM in Colorado. National Public Lands Day is the largest hands-on volunteer effort on public lands in Colorado and across the country. 

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