Steamboat briefs: Photo submissions for bike guide due by 5 p.m. Tuesday |

Steamboat briefs: Photo submissions for bike guide due by 5 p.m. Tuesday

Steamboat Bike Town USA Initiative, in partnership with the Steamboat Pilot & Today, is currently requesting photography submissions for the 2015 Steamboat Springs Bike Guide. A cover photo, an inside cover and other photos are needed.

Four photos of the photographer’s choice should be emailed to by 5 p.m. Tuesday. These submissions should be high resolution and professional quality images. Any submissions from one individual that exceed this limit will not be considered.

Photo selection will be based on the following criteria: representative of Steamboat Springs cycling assets; appealing to a broad range of cycling interests; conducive for placement with overlying text; and cover photo must be in vertical format.

Photos selected for use will be individually negotiated for pricing and ownership. Contact Tyler Goodman at 970-261-6791 or for more information.

Jewish congregation to host Passover Seder on Saturday

Har Mishpacha, the Jewish congregation of Steamboat Springs, will host a Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sevens Restaurant in the Sheraton Hotel. The service will be led by Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman. The cost is $36 for adult members and $18 for members ages 6 to 12. For non-members, the cost is $50 for adults and $28 for children. Those younger than 5 are free. The event is open to the community, and reservations can be made online at Call 970-875-1199 or email for more information.

Low-income pet owners can get exams, vaccines for free

Four veterinary clinics will offer free wellness exams and rabies vaccines for low-income pet owners.

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association is partnering with 9News to hold 9PetCheck on April 11 and 12, offering low-income pet owners free wellness exams and rabies shots for their dogs and cats.

Mountain Peaks Veterinary Clinic, Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital, Pet Kare Clinic and Steamboat Veterinary Hospital in Steamboat Springs all plan to participate in the event.

CVMA member veterinarians want all pet owners to understand the value of annual wellness examinations for their pet, as well as the importance of rabies vaccinations. With 70 veterinary clinics participating across the state, offering more than 1,600 free wellness exams and rabies vaccinations, those in financial need will be able to access veterinary care for their pet.

“9PetCheck is in its sixth year, and we are building on great success as we once again come together to provide preventive care exams and rabies vaccinations to pet owners in financial need,” said Dr. Erin Epperly, president of CVMA.

To make an appointment, call the 9PetCheck live phone bank at 1-844-642-0823 between 4 and 6 p.m. April 6. Appointments will be filled on a first-call, first-served basis.

These appointments are for wellness examinations and rabies vaccinations only. If a pet is sick or injured, the animal’s owner should contact a local veterinarian immediately.

Take precautions with live poultry; avoid salmonella

Individuals should take precautions when handling chicks, ducklings, goslings and baby turkeys due to possibility of Salmonella infection. Salmonella can result from handling live poultry, poultry cages and bedding. Children are more susceptible to the illness, and children 5 and younger should not handle young birds. Individuals who have touched live poultry or areas where the birds live and roam should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water and clean any equipment or materials involved in raising or caring for poultry, such as feed and water containers. Never bring live poultry inside the house. For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.

Atmos Energy launches Yard Rescue 811 contest

Atmos Energy has launched its Yard Rescue 811 contest. As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, the contest reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging.

“The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during digging,” Gary Gregory, president of Atmos Energy’s Colorado Kansas Division, said in a news release. “Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure.”

By calling 811 in advance, property owners and contractors are connected to their state’s one-call center, which notifies all appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators mark all underground utility lines at the digging site with flags or spray paint.

The Yard Rescue 811 contest, which begins Wednesday, offers participants the chance to win $2,000 for a yard makeover. Take a photo of your yard, which can be at a home, church, school or business.

Upload your photo to the contest page at or through the contest tab on Atmos Energy’s Facebook page. Ask friends and family to vote for your Yard Rescue 811 photo every day on the Atmos Energy Facebook page through April 24.

The photos garnering the most votes in each state that Atmos Energy serves win.

The Yard Rescue 811 contest is open to all residents in the communities and environs served by Atmos Energy Corporation’s natural gas distribution divisions. See for details.

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