Steamboat Briefs: Road closures announced for today’s marathon |

Steamboat Briefs: Road closures announced for today’s marathon

Road closures announced for today’s marathon

The 34th annual Steamboat Marathon is today, and as a result of the event, motorists traveling in the area should expect significant traffic delays.

There will be two traffic lanes — one in each direction — on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the marathon. Runners will use a six-foot lane on the north side of Lincoln Avenue, and uniformed officers will guide traffic.

Northbound traffic on Routt County Road 129 will use the southbound lane just past the entrance to Elk River Estates and proceed north to Cullen’s Corner. Southbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted at Cullen’s Corner onto C.R. 44, then back onto C.R. 129 just before the airport. From Cullen’s Corner to the start of the half-marathon, there will be one-way traffic. Traffic controls and pilot car operations will be in place on C.R. 129.

Yampa hosts 111th annual Routt County Pioneer Picnic

The 111th annual Routt County Pioneer Picnic will be held today at the Yampa Masonic Hall in Yampa.

The event, which begins with a potluck lunch at 1 p.m., is hosted by the Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society and Yampa-Egeria Historical Society.

Guests are invited to bring a favorite side dish or a dessert to share, and the main dish and drinks will be provided.

Music will be provided by Belinda Rossi and Gene Sanders, along with a selection by Rose Karow.

The Yampa Museum, adjacent to the picnic location, will be open and a historic tour of Yampa will be offered at 3 p.m., weather permitting.

According to the Hayden Heritage Center, the Pioneer Picnic developed out of the loosely organized early day Fourth of July celebrations where pioneers from all across the county gathered together to enjoy a day of relaxation. The first picnic was held July 7, 1886, in Steamboat Springs when the county boasted 763 residents and extended to the Colorado/Utah border. Throughout the years, the picnic became the social event of the summer.

The Pioneer Association was formed to continue the yearly picnics and record the stories told at them, and, on June 14, 1904, the first official Pioneer Picnic was held in Hayden. The group later changed its name to The Routt-Moffat County Pioneer Association after the county was divided in 1911. Eventually, the association disbanded, and the picnic became what it is today, a loosely organized event put together by local pioneer families and museums rotating throughout the county every two years.

No longer is it exclusive to only the pioneer families — now the event is open to anyone interested. For more information, call the Tracks and Trails Museum at 970-736-8245 or email

Farm Storage Facility loans available through USDA

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to:

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage,

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, visit the local FSA office or visit

Hepatitis immunizations available through VNA

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C.

Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other body fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.

Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase hepatitis risk. Hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

CDT upgrading bicycle and scenic byways map

The Colorado Department of Transportation is upgrading its Statewide Bicycle and Scenic Byways map, giving local governments an opportunity to provide cycling information specific to their area.

Initially, bicyclists could go online and review and select state routes to ride throughout Colorado based on shoulder width and traffic volumes. It also includes a search capability for lodging, bike shops, restaurants and other areas of interest. Now, local jurisdictions can add similar cycling information to the site.

Local agencies can access the site and request to be a “trail editor.” Once approved, they can upload their GIS files showing their local trails, routes, bike lanes, etc. Trail editors must be associated with a government agency to be approved.

To access the map, visit

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