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Steamboat briefs: Registration deadline for hockey programs is Sunday

The registration deadline for Session II Initiation to Hockey and Learn to Skate programs is 5 p.m. Sunday. More information about these programs is available at http://www.steamboatsprings.net/ice under Youth Programs or by calling the Howelsen Ice Arena at 970-879-4300, ext. 301.

Teen Driver Safety Week theme is ‘It Takes Two’

National Teen Driver Safety Week is from today through Saturday, and this year’s theme is “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.” The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides some tips to help parents develop skilled teen drivers:

■ Most crashes happen in about three seconds, so if you are distracted or speeding, you might not have time to react.

■ Provide your teen with more than 65 hours of supervised driving practice. Parent involvement cuts teen crash risk in half.

■ You and your teen should discuss and set clear expectations for each other, including to stay calm, be respectful and give appropriate and timely feedback.

■ A recent study found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were caused by a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes: driving too fast for road conditions, being distracted and failing to detect a hazard.

■ Develop house rules for your teen’s first year of independent driving. As your teen follows the rules and shows maturity, consider increasing driving privileges.

For more information, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/colorado-teen-drivers or http://www.teendriversource.org/for_parents.

Mainstreet is in need of committee volunteers

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is in need of volunteers to help create programs and events that will benefit downtown businesses and the community. Volunteers are asked to work two to four hours per month. Specifically, volunteers are needed for the Promotion Committee, which plans special events, retail events and branding. Those who are interested are asked to call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers help for tobacco users

Counseling is available through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to help tobacco users quit, according to a news release. Counseling can help tobacco users set quit goals as well as receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. The free service is available in English and Spanish. Call 970-871-7634 for more information.

Existing GED exams will be switched to new form

Colorado Mountain College is reminding students working toward a GED to complete the existing exam by Dec. 31 before the new computerized test is put into place across the country.

Those who do not pass every section before the end of 2013 will have to start over, according to the release. 

To learn about the upcoming changes in the GED test, go to http://www.gedtestingservice.com.

Water main work underway downtown through month

Steamboat Springs’ Public Works Department has begun replacement of a water main along Pine Street between Fifth and Ninth streets. Work will begin at Pine and Fifth then will progress down Pine to Ninth. One-block closures of Pine will be in place during the construction, and detours will route motorists and bicyclists along Oak and Aspen streets. Completion is expected by Nov. 1. For more information, call Jon Snyder at 970-871-8207.

Planned Parenthood can help with exam costs

Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.


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