Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs residents reminded to fill out city survey |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs residents reminded to fill out city survey

The city of Steamboat Springs recently sent community surveys to 2,000 residents. Individuals who have received these surveys are reminded to fill them out and return them promptly in the provided pre-paid envelope.

Each survey is registered to a specific address ensuring one survey per household. However, residents will receive two copies of the survey at different times in case the first was misplaced.

The 20-question survey addresses quality of life, service levels, governmental performance, recreational activities and topics such as Howelsen Hill, dog parks, housing and growth. There are also 18 demographic questions on the survey.

Survey results are expected to be released later this summer.

Area health group advises precaution during tick season

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Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months. Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tick-borne Relapsing Fever.

Ticks should be removed from skin as soon as possible. If you remove a tick from a person or a pet, wash your hands immediately. If you become ill after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention.

Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited. Wear protective clothing — long-sleeved shirts and long pants — and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present.

For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, visit

Yampatika hosts events to celebrate worldwide bird day

Yampatika is leading a series of events Saturday, May 13 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.

Coffee with Council slated for 7:30 a.m. Friday

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 12 at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The May session will provide status updates on the downtown improvement plan, joint law enforcement facility, parking options and traffic congestion, as well as discussions on the impacts of summer tourism. Any other topics of interest are always welcome.

No RSVP is necessary, and community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Area members designated Wells Fargo 'premier advisors'

Wells Fargo Advisors has designated financial advisors Laura Cusenbary and Dan Sturges as members of the firm's Premier Advisor Program. The premier advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by business production, completion of educational components and professionalism.

Cusenbary, who lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband and their child, has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for six years. She has a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing from Indiana University. Cusenbary is a member of Ski Town USA Rotary, Impact 100, Steamboat Springs Rodeo Board and the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

Sturges has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for three years and has 17 years of experience in the brokerage industry. He has a bachelor's degree from Miami University and graduated from the Financial Planner Program at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Sturges lives in Steamboat Springs with his wife and their two children. He is a member of the Northwest Colorado Health Board of Directors.

Residents reminded of rules governing dogs in public

The city of Steamboat Springs reminds residents and visitors of local rules regarding pets in public areas.

■ Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be at large, even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.  

■ Though most public places require dogs to be on leashes, there are two off-leash parks in Steamboat Springs, Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property.  As the trail moves into county-owned property, dogs can be off leash, providing there are no signs posted to the contrary, and that the pet is within sight and under voice control. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.

■ For the continued enjoyment of everyone on the trails, owners are asked to pick up dogs' waste and dispose of it properly in a sanitary container. Most public trails and parks provide bags for animal waste disposal.

■ Ensure it is easy for a lost pet to be returned, and remember to keep pets' shots up to date and license pets each year at the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter or at a Steamboat Springs veterinary clinic — dogs are required to wear their licenses on their collars.

To review the city's official complete list of rules on pets and animals, visit