Steamboat briefs: One Book 4 Colorado helps families read together |

Steamboat briefs: One Book 4 Colorado helps families read together

One Book 4 Colorado provides a copy of the same book to 4-year-olds across the state each spring through public libraries and other reading-centered organizations. Funded through private donations, the program annually gives away more than 75,000 copies of the same new book in English and Spanish for a two-week period in April.

The program encourages families to read together every day, adds new books to home libraries, helps 4-year-olds develop the pre-reading skills they’ll need when they’re learning to read in kindergarten and makes reading fun for young children. Giving all the children the same book encourages them to talk with each other about the book and share it with their friends and families.

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs will hand deliver a book to every 4-year-old enrolled in local preschools this week. All other 4-year-olds may come to the library the following week, starting April 13, to pick up their copy of the 2015 selected title.

The title should be revealed today. For more information about the One Book 4 Colorado program, visit

CPW reminds hunters that license deadline is Tuesday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters that the application deadline for the 2015 limited license draw is Tuesday.

In addition to help and guidance with both paper and online applications, agency personnel will answer common questions about preference points, residency, Habitat Stamp requirements and Hunter Education status.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is available to answer questions by phone, at any local CPW office or online at

Summer Inspiration classes available for all students

Emerald Mountain School is now enrolling students for Summer Inspiration programs. Classes are open to all students in the Steamboat Springs community.

Programs include:

■ Instructor Dave Marrs will offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays from June 15 to Aug. 10 for students entering second through fourth grades and from 5 to 6 p.m. for students entering fifth through eighth grades. Cost is $200.

■ In Focus, a creative writing class inspired by students’ own photography, will be taught by Kim Schulz from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 24 to July 29 for students entering fourth through eighth grades. Cost is $150.

■ The Stock Market Game will be taught by Emerald’s Head of School Sharon Mensing. Students will invest an imaginary $100,000 while learning investment strategies and how to buy and sell stock. Classes for students entering fourth through eighth grades will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 1 to 22. Cost is $80.

All classes will be held at Emerald Mountain School, 818 Oak St. Registration forms are available online at emeraldmoun Call 970-879-8081 for more information.

BLM seeks public comment on wild horse gather plan

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in Northwest Colorado within the White River Field Office to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations. 

According to a news release, maintaining healthy wild horse populations is a key aspect of the BLM’s multiple use mission to manage public lands for a variety of natural resources and uses. When wild horse herds grow to levels that are unsustainable for local resources, the ecological balance of these areas is altered and can impact plant and animal species on the range.

The BLM is evaluating humane approaches to gathering the wild horses.  It is proposing the use of a helicopter to locate and guide wild horses toward a set of corrals, as well as using water and bait trapping. The gathers could begin as early as September, and up to 167 wild horses could be gathered and removed from the White River Field Office this year.

The White River Field Office manages the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area to maintain a healthy wild horse herd in balance with other resources and uses. This area currently has an estimated 377 wild horses, but the appropriate management level for that area is between 135 and 235 wild horses.

The adjacent West Douglas Herd Area is not managed for wild horses but currently has an estimated population of 365 wild horses. Gathers could occur in either area, as well as areas within the White River Field Office outside these boundaries.

The BLM planning documents evaluating the proposed gather operations are available at the White River Field Office at 220 E. Market St. and online at Public comments regarding proposed gather plans will be most helpful to the BLM if received by May 5.

Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to

Fly rod show is on display now at museum in Craig

The Gnome’s Traveling Fly Rod Show is on display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig now through May 8. The exhibit shows fishing rods from the late 1700s through the mid 1900s in this extensive display of antique fishing rods. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.

Casey’s Pond asks for small items for bingo prizes

Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

Waste Management returns to normal recycling hours

Because of low recycling participation rates during Wednesday evening extended hours, Waste Management on Downhill Drive in Steamboat Springs has returned to normal operating hours. Recyclable materials will now be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit for more information.

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