Steamboat briefs: Mitsch Bush sponsors bill set to help young ranchers
Steamboat Springs — A bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, to help young farmers and ranchers get their start was signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper last week.
“We are not seeing young farmers and ranchers coming into the industry the way we used to,” Mitsch Bush said in a news release. “Too many sons and daughters from farming and ranching families are moving away from our communities. This bill will help bring them back, as well as help bring new farmers and ranchers into the industry.”
HB16-1194 creates a $25,000 income tax deduction for current farmers and ranchers who lease an agricultural asset to a beginning farmer or rancher. Under the bill, agricultural assets include land, livestock and livestock facilities, farm equipment, grain storage and irrigation equipment.
Because renting is cheaper than buying, this new tax deduction will incentivize existing farmers and ranchers to rent their assets to beginning farmers and ranchers instead of selling them outright, while allowing new farmers and ranchers to have easier access to the right equipment for the job without a huge up-front investment.
Walking Book Club to begin June 15 at local library
Bud Werner Memorial Library will offer a Walking Book Club for readers age 9 and older on select Wednesdays beginning June 15. Interested participants will read the specified book, meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s coffee shop and walk to together to a surprise location for a book discussion and activities.
Books that will be discussed this summer include: “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman June 15; June 29, “Ellie’s Story,” by W. Bruce Cameron; July 13, “Everything Everything,” by Nicola Yoon; July 20, choice of any Aldo Zelnick comic novels by Karla Oceanak and Kendra Spanjer; July 27, “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics,” by Chris Grabenstein; and Aug. 3, “Raymie Nightingale,” by Kate DiCamillo.
Parents are invited to participate in the event with their children. To sign up, visit the Kids Desk, call 879-0240, ext.313 or visit steamboatlibrary.org/services/kids/book-clubs/walking-book-club/walking-book-club-registration-form.
Library offers popular READ to Dogs summer program
Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting a READ to Dogs program that continues through Aug. 1. Kids read 20 minutes with a dog during sessions held from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays.
Kids get a chance to practice reading outloud to a friendly, non-judgmental audience — a trained therapy dog. Kids read by themselves with the dog and the dog’s owner.
Kids age 5 and older should be able to read independently but not necessarily fluently. To sign up visit the Kids’ Desk, go online to steamboatlibrary.org/read-to-dogs-registration-form or call 970-879-0240, ext. 313.
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