Steamboat briefs: New film about drug war screens at Steamboat library |

Steamboat briefs: New film about drug war screens at Steamboat library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new documentary film, “Kingdom of Shadows,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 in Library Hall.

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war. Weaving together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in violence-scarred Monterrey, Mexico, and a former Texas smuggler, the film reveals the human side of an often-misunderstood conflict.

The distinct but interlocking experiences of these three individuals expose the dark corners of a human-rights crisis that has yet to be fully revealed. This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. For more information, visit

CDC warns travelers of Zika virus threat over summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant consider postponing travel to areas where there is ongoing risk of Zika virus. This includes Mexico and countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and is potentially associated with birth defects. The virus is usually mild, with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The mosquitoes that carry Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters.

Travelers can protect themselves by covering exposed skin, using insect repellent containing DEET and sleeping in air-conditioned or screened in rooms.

Those who think they might be ill with Zika virus should contact their healthcare provider. For updated travel warnings and Zika virus information, visit or call COHelp at 877-462-2911.

Partners launches new Amazing Race fundraiser

Partners in Routt County will host a new fundraising event — The Amazing Race & Sunset Soiree — on Saturday, June 25. Starting at 8 a.m. in Gondola Square, teams of two will embark on a mission to complete physical and mental challenges throughout the city of Steamboat Springs, racing for one of the top-three cash prizes. 

The race will finish with a barbecue lunch for team participants and volunteers. Partners will also celebrate its 20-year anniversary with free root beer floats for anyone in the community. 

The event will conclude with a Sunset Soiree at the top of Thunderhead, where guests will enjoy food, beverages, musical entertainment and amazing sunset views, along with a chance to win the Amazing Gift Giveaway grand prize. 

Registration is open, tickets are on sale and sponsors are still needed. Visit amazingrace for more information. 

Steamboat Institute to host Freedom Conference

The Steamboat Institute will host its Eighth annual Freedom Conference and Festival Aug. 26 and 27.

Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will deliver the keynote address. Featured speaker for the event will be Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and author of the book, “Equal is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Equality.”

Additional featured speaker will include Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, former director of Defense Intelligence Agency and chairman and CEO of Flynn Intel Group; Dr. Michael Ledeen, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, or Nebraska; Mary Kissel, of the Wall Street Journal editorial board; and Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA.

To register for the conference, visit


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