Steamboat briefs: Steamboat students enroll at Fort Lewis College |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat students enroll at Fort Lewis College

The fall 2016 semester welcomed new transfer and freshmen students from all across the country to Durango, including four students from Steamboat Springs.

Local students who will be attending the college include the following.

Noah Bass, who is majoring in business administration; Mackenzie Gansmann who is majoring in psychology; Jordan Gorr, who is majoring in marketing; and Chris Kowynia, who is majoring in psychology.

Fort Lewis College offers a blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs and a liberal arts perspective which lead to transformative learning experiences and foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning. The campus is located on a mesa above historic Durango.

Filmmakers follow Japanese action comic punk band

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Chief Theater with “Mad Tiger,” an international documentary collaboration from Japan and the United States, directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein.

The film follows bandmates Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners for 15 years as the primary creative forces behind Peelander-Z.

Based in New York City and described as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band,” Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, which push the boundaries of madcap acrobatic stage antics.

As part of the band, each member must adopt a different, anime-like “Crayola rock” persona and fully embrace this assigned identity in every aspect of life.

Seeking his own personal fulfillment, Red announces he will do one final tour with Peelander-Z before quitting the band. In stark contrast to his character’s super-positive facade, Yellow tries his best to keep it together, while dealing with emotions of shock, betrayal and abandonment.

Channeling universal stories of friendship and pursuit of happiness, “Mad Tiger” builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo, appropriately befitting of Peelander-Z’s cacophonous melody-making. The film screens in English. Visit for more information.

NWCH offers tips to avoid foodborne illnesses

Northwest Colorado Health is advising precautions to avoid foodborne illness, particularly through the summer and fall.

Each year, one in six Americans are sickened from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. NWCH recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting foodborne illness.

■ Always wash hands with soap and water before preparing food.

■ Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.  

■ Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

■ Refrigerate leftovers that won’t be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

■ Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don’t leave cut produce out for many hours.

■ Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not consume undercooked animal products. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have a foodborne illness. For more information, visit

YVSC offers opportunity to recycle old electronics

Old, unwanted electronics can be recycled safely at collection boxes in the offices at Steamboat middle and high schools or the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council office at 141 Ninth St.

Items dropped off at those locations must be the size of a laptop or smaller and should not include towers, screens or keyboards. Items that can be recycled include old cellphones, smart phones, cellphone batteries and chargers, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets, aircards and Bluetooth, ink and toner cartridges, laptops, GPS devices and headphones. An additional free cellphone collection box is located downtown in the Wells Fargo bank lobby.

Any funding returned through the certified recyclers who receive these items benefits the Routt County Sustainable Schools program.

Larger electronics such as computers, televisions and VCRs can be recycled locally and legally for a small fee to consumers through such businesses as Waste Management or G&S Mountain Recyclers in north Steamboat. Complete recycling location information is available in both English and Spanish at

NWCH hosts grief support group held in Hayden

Northwest Colorado Health will host a grief education and support group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 S. Shelton Lane. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. Call 970-846-8319 for more information or to RSVP.

LiftUp of Routt County needs personal supplies

LiftUp of Routt County is in need of personal items for its food bank. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and razors are currently in short supply. Donations can be dropped off at the LiftUp offices, 2125 Curve Court.

Hayden Congregational Church distributing food

Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank distributes free food to those in need.

For more information, call the church at 970-276-3510 or Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000, or stop by the church, 202 E. Jefferson, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

County commissioners establish public call-in line

Routt County commissioners have established a call-in line enabling people to listen in live to public meetings held in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs. People are invited to listen to the meetings, but there is no capability to take public comment. The call-in number is 970-870-5499.

Free, confidential Medicare assistance available

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado has established a new local office to provide free, confidential counseling to anyone with questions about Medicare.

The office is located at 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite E, and the local phone number is 970-819-6401.

The office is available by appointment.

For more information, contact Betsy Packer at 970-819-6401 or

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