Steamboat briefs: Middle school to host #bettermeyv photo gallery |

Steamboat briefs: Middle school to host #bettermeyv photo gallery

Steamboat Springs Middle School will host an art gallery featuring photos chosen from the Bettermeyv youth healthy living campaign. The gallery opening will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 8 in the middle school arcade. Bettermeyv is a social media campaign encouraging local middle and high school students to share photos of themselves and their friends being active and setting a positive example in our communities. Students post their photos to Instagram using the hashtag #bettermeyv. The project is a joint effort of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The middle school will host the gallery through mid-June and the exhibit is open to the public. For more information about Bettermeyv, visit or call Megan McCord at Grand Futures at 970-879-6188.

WWFM 91.1 to stream classical music Friday

WWFM 91.1 will present classical music from Strings Music Festival concerts at 10 a.m. Friday. “Live From Steamboat” is part of WWFM’s “Celebrating Our Musical Community” program hosted by Diane Guvenis.

Friday’s broadcast will feature Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” with players from the Strings Music Festival. Van Cliburn gold medalist, Jon Nakamatsu, will play two piano pieces by Franz Liszt. David Hardy on cello and Courtney Hershey Bress on harp, who will perform five transcribed songs of Gabriel Faure, are also on the program.

These broadcasts are brought to Steamboat Springs by the WWFM team in Trenton, New Jersey, Strings Music Festival and West Slope FM. The shows are featured on the last Friday of the month.

Professional artists are invited to submit up to three pieces of their work to be entered into a contest for the front cover of the summer Yampa Valley Arts and Gallery Guide. Organizers are looking for seasonally and regionally appropriate pieces that can be used in a vertical format. The contest is open to artists 18 and older who are full or part-time residents of Routt County. Email for an application and more information. 

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit

Farm Storage Facility Loans available through USDA

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to:

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, visit the local FSA office or visit

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