Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to discuss power rate increases |

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to discuss power rate increases

A representative of the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool will join the Oak Creek Town Board meeting by phone today to discuss the preliminary findings of an electric rate study that states the town might need to increase rates.

According to the initial report, the town of Oak Creek does not need to increase its electric rates in the next three years.

But after that time, increases bringing customer rates closer to the costs of the service might be necessary to “maintain net income and cash reserves,” the report states.

However, given that the utility’s cash reserves are well above the recommended minimum, the report notes that it is possible rate increases could be delayed past 2017. The report also states that bringing rates closer to the cost of the service might not entail an increase for some customers.

Oak Creek’s biggest electric cost is purchased power, and that cost is projected to continue to increase.

After incorporating feedback from the town, a final report will be issued with recommendations.

Also on the Town Board’s agenda today are a public hearing for a supplemental budget, a resolution to adopt the supplemental budget and a discussion regarding the town’s hauled water policy.

Expect lane closures today on US Highway 40

Motorists should expect lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on U.S. Highway 40 at mile marker 137 near Haymaker Golf Course while Colorado Department of Transportation crews work on a new electronic message board.

Museum cancels Historical Walking Tour set for today

The Tread of Pioneers Museum has canceled the Downtown Historical Walking Tour for today. Call 970-879-2214 with questions.

Emerald Mountain closes Saturday, Sunday for race

Emerald Mountain will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the Steamboat Stinger Mountain Bike Race and Marathon. The 50-mile bike race and the marathon begin and end at Howelson Hill Ski Area. About 15 miles of roads and trails — including the Ridge Trail, Cow Creek Road and Beall Trail — are part of the race courses. For more information, call the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000.

Fall internship applications are available at BookTrails

BookTrails, programming to promote reading and writing through outdoor exploration, is seeking two or three interns to join the fall programming team. Interns will gain experience in administration and organization, business planning and advertising and teaching language arts and science.  Email for more information and to apply. 

Parks and Wildlife advises not to handle wild animals

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to keep their distance from wild animals. Often, well-meaning people try to provide assistance to young animals that appear to be abandoned, according to a news release.

“We know most people mean well,” Erin Serfoss, Parks and Wildlife customer service representative in Grand Junction, was quoted as saying. “But picking up a healthy, young animal and bringing it to us or a vet for help is often the worst thing they can do. In the majority of cases, the young animal is much better off left alone.”

Handling most wildlife also is illegal. People attempting to rehabilitate animals without authorization from Parks and Wildlife face stiff fines. Additionally, wildlife can carry diseases and handling it can lead to human illness or serious injuries from scratches and bites from sharp teeth and claws.

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