Steamboat briefs: Rubber Ducky Race set for Sept. 12 in Steamboat Springs |

Steamboat briefs: Rubber Ducky Race set for Sept. 12 in Steamboat Springs

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be holding a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Fifth Street Bridge. The race will end at West Lincoln Park, where there will be a celebration with children’s activities and food vendors.

Ticket holders of the first 25 ducks that cross the finish line will receive cash prizes totaling $5,000. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the VNA’s hospice and palliative care program. Tickets also can be purchased online at nwcovna/ and are available at the VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or Yampa Valley Bank, 600 South Lincoln Ave. Call 970-871-7609 for more information.

Local broadband survey extended through Sept. 18

There’s still time to let broadband planners know about actual, local broadband speeds and experience. Routt County — in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs School District, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Yampa Valley Medical Center and Colorado Mountain College — has contracted with NEO Fiber to prepare a countywide broadband plan with the goal of improving service throughout the county. Both residential and business broadband customers can help assess the current status of service, costs and issues by taking a speed test at a time of high Internet usage by completing one or both of the following surveys:

■ For business users:

■ For residential users:

Deadline for completing the surveys is Friday, Sept. 18.

Local doctors to host open house at Two Pine Sept. 22

Three local doctors — Jennifer McPeek, D.O., Barbara Gueldner, Ph.D., and Grace Calihan, ND, will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Two Pine, 942 Oak St., in conjunction with Heart of the Springs Magazine. The doctors will share information with the public about their individual specialized medical practices. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

7-week parenting workshop gets underway Sept. 30

Power to the Parents, a seven-week active parenting workshop series, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 30 to Nov. 11 at the Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. A program of Routt County Youth Services Coalition, the series, facilitated by Laura Cannone, LCSW, will include such topics as:

■ Methods of respectful discipline

■ Skills for clear, honest communication

■ Strategies to prevent risky behavior

■ How to be an encouraging parent

■ Insight into issues such as youth online, drugs, sexuality, bullying and depression

Cost of the series is $60 per person or $100 per couple. Dinner and a parent guide book are included, and scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, call 970-870-5228.

VNA offers advice for avoiding West Nile virus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following 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 two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, visit (type “insect repellent” in the search box).

West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information about West Nile virus,

Volunteers sought to tutor immigrants in English

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.

Integrated Community to host World Fiesta Sept. 12

Integrated Community will host a World Fiesta event from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Attendees will enjoy an evening of world music, cultural cuisine, drinks and dancing. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10, and each ticket enters its bearer in the grand prize drawing for a Denver sports trip for two, including a downtown Denver hotel for two nights, two Avalanche tickets, two Denver Nuggets tickets and a $200 certificate for dinner. Tickets are available at 443 Oak St. In addition, the event will include local artisan crafts for sale and a bouncy house and face painting for kids.

Yampa market seeking vendors for Sept. 19 event

Friends of Gateway Yampa are looking for artisan, garden and farm vendors, along with any other community groups, interested in securing a spot at the new market, which will be held in Yampa. The cost is $10 per booth. Contact for more information.

Copper Magnate accepts throwaway electronics

The Copper Magnate reminds Routt County residents that it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord. The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site.

All electronics and car batteries, with the exception of televisions, are free to recycle, as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. For more information, call 970-846-6991.

Local groups reach out to returning soldiers

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

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