Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Fire Rescue to use duplex for training |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Fire Rescue to use duplex for training

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue has been granted the opportunity to utilize a duplex property, located at 2573 and 2575 Riverside Drive, for fire training.

"Training under real-life conditions provides a tremendous advantage for firefighters and what they can expect to experience during a real situation," said Deputy Chief Chuck Cerasoli in a news release. "Opportunities like this don't come along often, and we're grateful to be able to train on-site through the owner's generosity."

The department plans to conduct a variety of training exercises approximately three to four times per week at the site during the next three to four weeks. Training will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and could start as early as Sunday, May 14.

Though there will be no flames or active fire during any of the training sessions, non-hazardous training smoke may be evident at times, along with fire department activity in the area, including vehicles and apparatus.

The department has notified adjacent residents of the upcoming training and does not anticipate impacts to traffic flows in the Riverside neighborhood. In addition, Fire Department Training signage will be placed along the roadway identifying the event strictly as a training exercise.

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Individuals with questions or concerns can contact Cerasoli at the Mountain Fire Station at 970-879-7170.

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Yampatika is leading a series of events in celebration of the 27th annual "International Migratory Bird Day." Activities, including arts and crafts, kids games, live birds and other interactive learning opportunities, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat.

"International Migratory Bird Day is a celebration to explore how birds have inspired some of the most significant environmental conservation actions," Yampatika program director Kellie Gorman said in a news release. "For generations, migratory birds have connected communities across continents, providing unique opportunities for international collaboration and inspiring people to improve conditions for birds, all wildlife, and for ourselves."

The U.S. Forest Service is sponsoring the fun event in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

International Migratory Bird Day at Ranch held Saturday

"Helping Birds Along the Way" is the theme of this year's International Migratory Bird Day. Nancy Merrill will lead a free bird walk on the Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch, often referred to as "a birder's paradise," Saturday. Coffee and scones will be served during a brief orientation at 7:45 a.m. The birding adventure will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 10 a.m.

Participants will see a diversity of migrating species that use the Hayden ranch as a stopover site as they journey north from their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and Central and South America. In addition, people will see even more species that chose to nest in the riparian forest, wet hay meadows and wetlands along the Yampa River.

All levels, from beginners to advanced, are encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

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Steamboat Springs student wins state flute competition

Steamboat Springs Middle School student Arianna Tullis won first place in her age division in the Colorado Flute Association competition.  She competed against 21 seventh- to ninth-graders from all around Colorado.

Arianna, a seventh-grader, is an honor student at SSMS and is under the tutelage of Mary Beth Norris. Arianna also plays in the seventh-grade band with teacher James Knapp and in the Winter Garden Conservatory youth orchestra with Holly Fielding. 

Hayden church offers food, items to those in need

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A small team will meet once per week for a month to participate in an hour-long activity.  For more information, call 970-879-4466.