Steamboat briefs: Local students to hike and bike to school

Steamboat Springs elementary and middle schools will be participating in Hike and Bike to School Fridays. Students can be dropped off by the bus at the high school at 8 a.m. Fridays. From there, community service officers and volunteers will be present to safely manage street crossings as students walk Butcher Knife trail to Soda Creek or Strawberry Park campuses. Call 970-879-3446 for more information or to volunteer.

Soroco senior honored as club’s Teen of the Month

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs has named Soroco High School senior Michelle Ondrejka as its Teen of the Month. Ondrejka received this award for her outstanding hard work in school and the difference she has made in the community.

Ondrejka is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as secretary of the organization, and is also involved in the high school concert and marching bands, playing clarinet. Last summer, Ondrejka traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Washington Youth Summit leadership camp.

In addition to her school activities, Ondrejka has volunteered as a member of the U.S. Forest Service’s timber crew and has served as a junior leader for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Yampa Valley Science School. Her advice to fellow students is “simply to believe in yourself.”

Organization seeks lead intern/teacher for team

BookTrails is seeking a lead intern/teacher to join its summer programming team for Reading on Ranches Camp. This individual will gain experience in many sectors of the organization, including overseeing a team of four interns, handling camp logistics and planning and teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting. For more information and to apply, go to and click the Employment tab.

Gardening workshops for kids offered this summer

Four gardening workshops for third- through fifth graders will be offered this summer at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The workshops are sponsored by the CSU Routt County Master Gardeners, Yampa River Botanic Park and the 4-H Youth Development Program and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 13, June 27, July 11 and Aug.15. There will be a $10 materials fee for each workshop.

Participants may sign up for one or more sessions at the CSU Routt County Extension Office by calling 970-879-0825. Registration will also take place at the Home and Garden Show on May 16 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Red Cross offers volunteer training academy this month

Community members from Western Colorado will have the opportunity to spend the weekend of May 15 to 17 at Steamboat Springs City Hall, 124 10th St., training with the American Red Cross.

The three-day disaster training academy provides a range of essential trainings for volunteers to serve with the Red Cross during disasters.

“Disasters like tornadoes, wildfires, floods and devastating home fires are all powerful reminders of how vital it is that we have a strong, well-trained volunteer workforce in place in our communities before disaster strikes.” Eric Myers, executive director of the American Red Cross of Western Colorado, said in a news release. “Our upcoming academy is a great chance to get trained in the Red Cross model to be ready to help when our neighbors need us.”

For details on class times and to register, email Kristen Gietzen at

Library to screen film about gay couple’s 1975 marriage

Community Cinema, a co-presentation of the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Independent Television Service’s “Independent Lens,” presents an advance screening of the new documentary film “Limited Partnership” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall.

The film by Thomas G. Miller chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Adams and Sullivan were one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the world.

Adams immediately filed for a green card for Sullivan based on their marriage, but unlike most heterosexual married couples who easily obtain legal status for their spouses, Adams received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Outraged at the tone, tenor and politics of the letter and to prevent Sullivan’s impending deportation, the couple decided to sue the U.S. government, initiating the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same sex marriage in U.S. history.

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