Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat graduate earns bachelor’s degree from CSU
Kendall C. N. McGill, Steamboat Springs High School graduate, got her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University during commencement ceremonies in Fort Collins on May 15.
McGill received her bachelor’s degree in science in human development and family studies with a minor in gerontology, earning a 4.0 GPA for the spring 2015 semester.
She plans to attend an accelerated nursing program.
Youth choirs to commence summer session in July
Registration for the Yampa Valley Youth Chorus summer session is now open.
The choir will begin July 9 and meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the United Methodist Church choir room. Cost is $70 per singer.
There will be an end-of-summer public concert in collaboration with the Youth Chorus from Craig and the Yampa Valley Opera Troupe’s performance of “Goldilocks & the Three Bears” children’s opera.
For more information, visit facebook.com/yampavalleyyouthchorus.
Childbirth education classes scheduled for Sept. 12, 13
An intense weekend of childbirth education classes is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 in the small meeting room at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Titled “Primal Birthing (The Art of Childbirth) … Childbirth & Breastfeeding Education” the class will explore the philosophy and importance of giving birth naturally, reigniting a woman’s innate power and wisdom to do so without intervention. This class is interactive and realistic, providing both an academic and emotional preparation for birth.
The cost is $125 per couple, and the sign-up deadline is Aug. 31.
Call Tera Johnson-Swartz at 970-819-0728 or email email@example.com to register.
VNA reminds residents to take precautions on ATVs
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to take precautions on ATVs. Of all ATV-related deaths, 92 percent are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. The VNA and the ATV Safety Institute remind residents to follow the golden rules for ATV safety:
■ Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
■ Never ride on public roads.
■ Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
■ Ride an ATV appropriate for your age and readiness.
■ Supervise riders younger than 16.
■ Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
For a young rider readiness checklist and other safety tips, go to atvsafety.org/youngriders.aspx.
Low-interest loans can help producers with farms
Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low-interest loans available through the FSA direct farm ownership program, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Colorado Farm Service Agency Director Leland Swenson. Applications must be approved by Sept. 30 to take advantage of the funding available.
Eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs or promote soil and water conservation. The interest rate can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.
“If you are thinking about purchasing or expanding your farm or ranch, our affordable loans can help,” Swenson said. “There are no backlogs or waiting for funds, so give us a call today.”
New farmers and ranchers, military veterans and underserved farmers and ranchers also are encouraged to apply. Each year Congress targets 80 percent of available loan funds to beginning and targeted underserved farmers and ranchers.
For more information about the farm loan program, visit fsa.usda.gov/farmloans or contact the local FSA office.
Oak Creek Summer Camp now accepting registrations
Sign ups are open for Oak Creek Summer Camp. The camp is open to children ages 5 through 12 and will include outdoor education, art, sports, personal empowerment, community service, field trips and maintaining reading and math skills. The cost is $15 per day. Sign up at Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd., or register online at townofoakcreek.com/departments/parks-recreation.
Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered
Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit routthumane.org.
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