Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Library re-opens; program to be announced |

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Library re-opens; program to be announced

The newly remodeled Oak Creek Library will re-open today. The library will operate under its normal hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Story hour will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and a new Lego program will announced at a later date. A community open house will be held in March.

Steamboat Springs author to host marketing seminar

Steamboat Springs author Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer will offer a two-part seminar about “Marketing Your Book” from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Feb. 13 at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The class will explore how to reach television and radio talk shows, how to analyze audiences and how to reach that audience online and off-line. Participants will receive a resource list of accessible talk shows and other news outlets. Hornik-Beer is the author of six books published by such firms as Simon & Schuster, Hazelden and Open Road. She has been on such talk shows as Good Morning America and View From Over Here CRN digital talk radio. Call 970-870-4444 for more information.

Wildlife double feature to screen at local library today

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition will present a free screening of the new documentary film “Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America” at 7:30 p.m. today in Library Hall.

Audubon’s passion for birds carried him across a continental wilderness to observe them in their natural habitat, and his skills as an artist and observer immortalized them and their environment to remind and inspire us two centuries later. A singular visionary in frontier America, Audubon was a godfather of today’s conservation movement, and this film is the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved.

Audubon’s obsession cost him and his family dearly, but his work influenced every generation of nature lover that came after him, from Henry David Thoreau to Theodore Roosevelt, and has helped preserve a small portion of the wild lands he explored and documented.

This special screening follows a Wild Films series screening of “Giraffe: Up High and Personal” for a double-feature, wildlife-focused presentation. For more information, visit

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers group to meet Wednesday

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers February meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Rex’s American Grill. This will be the annual fly tying meeting and will feature fly tying demonstrations by some of the finest tyers in the Yampa Valley.

Steve Henderson, of Henderson Fly Fishing, will be tying his flash back pheasant tail nymph, followed by other highly productive nymphs.

Paul Russell, of Yampa River Outfitters, will tie his signature Pablo’s Cripple and branch out into other successful dries for the Yampa River.

Bennett Colvin, of Yampa Valley Fly Fishers, will demonstrate jig hook nymph patterns, deep sinking flies that hang up on the bottom less, and former Alaska guide Greg Breslau, of the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers, will focus on streamer patterns for large trout.

The group also hopes to feature some up-and-coming youth tyers.

This is a great opportunity to learn about new patterns and the most effective ways to fish them. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Red Cross offers tips for home heating, saving money

Home heating is a saving grace this time of year, but as much comfort as it provides, it also exposes residents to certain safety hazards.

According to the American Red Cross, home heating is one of the leading causes of house fires in the U.S.

LEAP, the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Low-income Energy Assistance Program, provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of winter home-heating costs.

The following home heating safety tips come from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Fire Protection Association.

■ Keep anything flammable at 3 three feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.

■ Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Turn off space heaters, and make sure any fireplace embers are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.

■ Place space heaters on a level, hard, nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor. Keep them off carpets or rugs and away from bedding or drapes. Also, keep children and pets away from space heaters.

■ Never use a cooking range or oven as a home heating source.

■ Use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire in the fireplace and catch sparks and rolling logs.

■ Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once per year. Ensure these devices are properly vented.

■ Use only the type of fuel a specific heater is designed to use. Don’t substitute.

■ Install battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test these alarms regularly.

■ Defer to skilled professionals to install permanent heating equipment, water heaters and central heating units to ensure code and manufacturer’s instructions are properly followed.

LEAP provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay winter home heating costs or help with broken furnaces or wood stoves. This year, the average benefit for people who qualify is $342 per household.

To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of their rent. They also must be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members who are U.S. citizens.

LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for programs that inspect a home’s primary heating source, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove, and weatherization upgrades that improve a home’s energy efficiency.

The state of Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons.

Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue’s website at for more information and the rebate application booklet.

Call 866-432-8435, or visit to view the most current program application requirements and download an application. Applications will be accepted until April 30.

Program expands eligibility for cervical cancer screenings

Northwest Colorado Health is offering free cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to women ages 21 to 64 through the Women’s Wellness Connection. Eligibility for these services previously began at age 40.

To qualify, women must meet financial qualifications, be in the U.S. legally and have limited or no health insurance. Women’s Wellness Connection is a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Visit or call 970-879-1632 for more information.

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