Steamboat briefs: Speakers with updates on local cranes, films set for today |

Steamboat briefs: Speakers with updates on local cranes, films set for today

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival will fill lunch hours today with films and speakers in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
From noon to 12:45 p.m., Colorado Parks and Wildlife Bird Conservation Coordinator Liza Rossi will present “Monitoring Breeding Greater Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado.”
Rossi coordinates partnership efforts aimed at conserving several Colorado species of greatest conservation need. She has led local efforts with greater sandhill cranes in the Yampa Valley for many years.
Following Rossi’s talk, “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” a new one-hour documentary film about the unlikely disappearance of the passenger pigeon and its striking relevance to modern conservation issues, is slated to screen at 12:45 p.m.
A second film, “Cranes of the Rockies,” a documentary about the Rocky Mountain population of greater sandhill cranes, screens at 1:45 p.m.
Evening festival programs kick off at 4 p.m., when a flock of yard art cranes up for auction lands on the library lawn, accompanied by the music of the Broad Band.
The Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 3, with festival headquarters at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. For more information and a full festival schedule, visit

Infrastructure repairs slated to close Routt County Road 14

Native Excavating will perform infrastructure repairs for Tree Haus Metro District Tuesday, Sept. 5 through 20. Routt County Road 14, also known as River Road, will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic for the duration of the project. A bicycle lane will be established and maintained. Cyclists are asked to slow down and be cautious as they move through the jobsite. Vehicle traffic is asked to detour on U.S. Highway 40 until the road can be reopened.
For more information about the closure, contact the Native Excavating office at 970-879-6231 or or Project Supervisor Chad Whitmore at 970-846-4657.

Local Humane Society organizing aid drive for Houston animals

Routt County Humane Society is organizing a drive to send supplies for displaced animals in the Houston area. Those who would like to help are asked to drop off food, crates, kennels, treats, toys, litter boxes, cat litter, gas gift cards, pet beds and any other donations that would help at the Routt County Humane Society between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Humane Society has secured transport and hopes to leave for Houston with the supplies early next week. The group hopes to receive all donations by Sunday, Sept. 3, if possible.

Steamboat resident, Linda J. Nolte, Ph.D., named to state task force

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced the appointment of Linda J. Nolte, Ph.D., of Steamboat Springs, to serve as licensed psychiatrist or psychologist who works with children who have been abused or neglected on the Task Force on the Collection and Security of Digital Images of Child Abuse or Neglect.
Nolte replaces William Betts, Ph.D., of Aurora for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2019.
The task force studies current laws, rules and practices followed in the state and best practices in other states regarding the documentation of evidence or the absence of evidence of suspected child abuse through the collection and security of digital images by government employees. The task force also considers whether the statutes and practices concerning the collection of evidence of suspected abuse or neglect and the use of digital images are consistent with existing technologies and emerging technologies and recommends best practices to be used in the collection and security of digital imagery evidence of child abuse or neglect.

International Crane Foundation founder to speak at Library Hall

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival presents a free community talk with Dr. George Archibald, senior conservationist and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 in Library Hall.
Archibald will talk about “My Life with Cranes,” his new book of collected stories about a life of crane conservation and the work that the International Crane Foundation does around the world to help cranes. Books will be available for sale and author signing before his talk.
Archibald co-founded the International Crane Foundation with Ronald Sauey, a colleague from Cornell University, in spring 1973. They established it as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes using a creative combination of field research, help for local people living near cranes, public education, habitat protection, and captive propagation and reintroduction. Today the International Crane Foundation has 50 employees and supports conservation projects in 45 nations.
The Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs through Sept. 3, and festival headquarters are at the library. Visit for the full festival schedule.

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