Steamboat briefs: Routt County Road 129 north of Columbine closed |

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Road 129 north of Columbine closed

Routt County Road 129 is temporarily closed from north of Columbine — near mile marker 34 — beyond Steamboat Lake to Three Forks Ranch — near mile marker 43 — due to seasonal freeze/thaw conditions and traffic adversely affecting the road. All motor vehicle traffic is restricted except for local, emergency and law enforcement traffic. Those users are asked to limit their travel if possible. The closure will be in effect until conditions have improved, up to a maximum period of 90 days.

Democrats’ anual potluck fundraiser is set for Saturday

The Routt County Democrats’ annual Jefferson Jackson Potluck Dinner Fundraiser will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Special keynote speaker will be Colorado Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst. A live auction, including a Circle the Zirkels airplane ride and artwork, will be held, and door prizes will be awarded. Suggested donation for the event is $25 for adults, $10 for college students and free for those 18 and younger. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a potluck dish. The fundraiser is open to the public. Call 970-870-2896 for more information.

Steamboat Springs Bike Guide seeks submissions

The 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.

Annie Martin is Teen of the Month for March

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council has chosen Annie Martin, a Steamboat Springs High School junior, as teen of the month for March 2015. She was selected for the honor because she is an outstanding teen in the community and embodies the values of Teen Council.

Annie is involved in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities in the Steamboat Springs community. She is a dancer and was a choreographer in the recent Steamboat Springs Dance Showcase Production. She is the junior cheer captain on the Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading squad and is on the track team.

Annie is a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew and Young Life and is the senior editor of Gnosis. Her favorite thing to do in Steamboat Springs is to go on hikes and adventures with her friends. Annie’s peers describe her as “extremely devoted and committed to everything she does.” They said she is “rarely recognized and praised as much as she should be. She has a great sense of humor, gets along with everyone, and knows when to have fun and when to be serious.”

Ten years from now, Annie said she hopes to be traveling as an investigative journalist. She is passionate about why teens in the community should be valued.

“It’s important for teens in the Steamboat Springs community to be valued because we are the generation that is going to be handed a lot of problems that will need to be fixed,” Annie said. “And besides that, we’re human, and each one of us is full of potential and has something to contribute to the world.”

When asked about the best advice she’s ever received, Annie said, “if you want something, work for it. If it’s out of your control, don’t worry about it.”

To learn more about Steamboat Springs Teen Council, go to

Recent dry conditions mean low elevation fire danger

Recent abandoned campfires and past spring wildfires on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland have prompted U.S. Forest Service officials to issue statements regarding fire safety to forest users.

Warmer-than-average temperatures and high winds have been prevalent recently, which has led to snow melt and the rapid drying of vegetation at low elevations. Grass and brush benefited from a good moisture year in 2014 and those abundant fuels are now fire prone until green-up takes hold.

The U.S. Forest Service wants outdoor adventures to be enjoyed but reminds visitors to be especially careful with fire use.

Although no fire restrictions are currently in place on the MBRTB, campers and other public land users need to follow basic fire safety rules.

■ Scrape back dead grass and forest materials from your campfire site.

■ Keep your campfire small and under control; make it only as big as you need it.

■ Keep a shovel and a water container nearby to douse escaped embers.

■ Put your campfire dead out before leaving your campsite or going to sleep.

■ Do not park vehicles in tall dry grass, since hot tailpipes can cause fine fuels to catch on fire.

■ Remember that any ignition – cigarettes, campfires, gunfire, vehicles – could be the cause of a wildland fire, as grass and other vegetation is dry and extremely flammable.

■ Always follow current fire restrictions.

■ Fireworks are not allowed on federal lands.

Dr Michelle Jimerson is named partner at YVMA

Michelle Jimerson, MD, MPH, is now a practice partner at Yampa Valley Medical Associates PC. Jimerson is a graduate of Stanford University, New York Medical College, University of Sydney School of Public Health in Australia and the St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Grand Junction. She has been with YVMA for two years and joins current partners Drs. Borgerding, Harrington, Kempers, McCaulley, Orton and Petersen. YVMA is a full-service, family and internal medicine clinic that provides one medical home for the entire family, from newborn to geriatric care.

North Routt Easter egg hunt planned for Sunday

A North Routt Easter egg hunt will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at North Routt Preschool. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m., followed by egg decorating and then the hunt. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $35 for a family, with proceeds benefitting the preschool.

Truck driver honored for reaching safety milestone

Gabriel Michael, of Hayden, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 15 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer. The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle. The OOIDA is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers.

Company reminds residents of carbon monoxide danger

Atmos Energy is reminding customers to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and prolonged exposure can be fatal. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, call 911, stop using the suspected gas appliance until it has been inspected, and call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667.

To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

■ Install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors where bedrooms are located. 

■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage. 

■ Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances and portable heaters have proper ventilation systems. 

■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters, and change furnace filters regularly.

■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source. 

■ Do not use charcoal indoors.

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