Steamboat briefs: Poverty in Routt County to be topic at newspaper event |

Steamboat briefs: Poverty in Routt County to be topic at newspaper event

Routt County United Way’s 31 Days of Poverty, which is scheduled to take place during the month of July, will be the topic of Steamboat Today’s Coffee and a Newspaper, slated for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 6 at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Kate Nowak, United Way executive director, and Laura von Boecklin, executive director of LiftUp, will be speaking about the month-long effort to raise awareness of poverty in Routt County. Free coffee and pastries will be served, and the community is invited to attend. Publisher Suzanne Schlicht and Editor Lisa Schlichtman will be present to guide the discussion and will also be available to answer questions about the newspaper.

Monthlong writing retreat for adults begins Friday

Camp NaNoWriMo, a July retreat where writers set a word count goal, complete a monthlong writing project, track their progress with online tool and rally with the support of fellow Steamboat Springs writers, will begin Friday. The camp runs through July 31 and is sponsored by Bud Werner Memorial Library. Sign up and start writing at and contact the library’s adult programs coordinator at with questions and to get connected with fellow Steamboat Camp NaNoWriMo participants. For more information about July’s writing gatherings and additional support, visit

Precautions advised for bug bites, West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health, formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

■ Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.

■ Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

■ Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.

Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than 2 months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children.

West Nile virus is rare, but anyone with symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, should contact their health care provider immediately. Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes.

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Informational meeting about mountain bike team planned

Anyone interested in learning more about Steamboat Springs’ High School Mountain Bike Team is invited to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. July 11 in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The meeting is open to all.

Volunteers needed for adult, youth English programs

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is seeking volunteers for its adult and youth English tutoring programs. 

Volunteers are trained and matched with either an immigrant student in need of academic support or a limited-English speaking community member, depending on preference. 

Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No foreign language experience is necessary. Email or call Erin at or 970-819-3720.

2011 Steamboat grad earns bachelor’s degree in June

Laura Bradfield, a 2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, graduated in June from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition. Bradfield graduated with magna cum laude honors and she plans to further her studies and become a registered dietician.

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