Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Kiwanis Club to sponsor election programs |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Kiwanis Club to sponsor election programs

The Kiwanis Club will host three election-related programs from 12:25 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in the American Legion Room of the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

Rex Brice and Mayling Simpson will discuss the pros and cons of Amendment 69 on Tuesday, and Routt County Board of Commissioner candidates Tim Corrigan, Bob Dapper and Doug Monger will speak and answer questions from the floor Sept. 20. On Oct. 4, state representative candidates Diane Mitch-Bush and Michael Cacioppo will speak and answer questions from the floor.

Seating is limited so people are encouraged to arrive early.

Mongolia takes center stage at local crane festival

Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s 2016 keynote speaker is Nyambayar “Nyamba” Batbayar, director of the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and a research associate at the International Crane Foundation based in Wisconsin.

Since the early 1990s, the International Crane Foundation has been working in a trans-boundary area between Mongolia, Russia and China, focusing primarily on the preservation of the globally threatened White-naped cranes.

During his free talk, “Mongolia – Land of Blue Sky and Cranes,” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in Library Hall, Batbayar will give an account of crane conservation and research activities by Mongolian biologists and conservationists and bring the audience up to date with some cultural hints.

In addition, Batbayar will talk about cinereous vultures during a free talk, “Mongolia – Safe Haven for Largest Birds of Prey in the Old World,” at noon Friday in Library Hall. Batbayar will talk about how the centuries-old traditional nomadic lifestyle benefits this species.

Also on topic with Mongolia, Denver Zoo curator of birds John Azuz looks at success in Mongolia’s Ikh Nart Nature Reserve during a free talk at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in Library Hall entitled “A Mongolian Community’s Approach to Conserving the Lesser Kestrel.”

Looking to Mongolia’s neighbor, Liz Schnackenberg,a USDA Forest Service hydrologist based in Steamboat Springs, shares updates and insight about wildlife and habitat in the Ruoergai Native Reserve in China, where she has been working on research projects related to wetlands and Black-necked crane conservation. Her free talk, “Cranes, Yaks and Floating Sedge Mats” is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 in Library Hall.

Visit for the full Yampa Valley Crane Festival schedule.

Food boxes available for local, low-income seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly by LiftUp of Routt County to area seniors, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LiftUp Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.

The Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank, 202 E. Jefferson, distributes free food and personal items to those in need. For more information, contact the church at 970-276-3510 or Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000

Girl Scouts in Steamboat in need of volunteers 

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

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