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Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum in search of volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to help visitors who come to tour the museum. Three-hour shifts can be fit to your schedule and travel needs. For more information and to volunteer, contact Tamra at 970-879-2214 or

Registration open for Steamboat youth programs

Registration is open for the city of Steamboat Springs Session II Youth and Middle School Programs.

Session II runs Oct. 24 through Jan. 6 and include Afterschool Action, School Days Off, PeeWee Adventures, Kids Night Out, Middle School ASSET Clubs, Teens on Tour and ASSET Clubs.

ASSET Clubs, for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, run Oct. 24 through Dec. 21 and include Intro to Hockey, Lego Brick Building, Juggling, Learn to Skate, Indoor Rock Climbing, Tennis, The Potters Wheel and more.

The cost of clubs includes activity fees, transportation from the elementary schools, snack, supplies and supervision. Program costs are activity dependent.

Middle School ASSET Clubs include tennis, babysitter training, theater, and G.R.O.W, a mentoring program for girls.The cost of clubs includes activity fees, transportation from the middle school, snacks, supplies and supervision. Program costs are activity dependent.  

Teens on Tour registration is also available. Teens on Tour is a program which allows sixth- through eighth-graders to travel outside Steamboat during parent/teacher conferences to experience a variety of recreational opportunities in the region.

The group will travel to Denver on Nov. 3 and 4, where they will stay in a hotel and visit Casa Bonita, Boondocks and the Colorado Mills Mall.

Registration materials can be found at the Parks & Community Services office, 245 Howelsen Parkway, or online at  

Contact Alexis Wolf at 970-871-7053 or for more information on Session II programs.

Area human service grant applications due Friday

The Human Service Coalition grant application for city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County funding is open. Any human service 501c3 organization in Routt County may apply The grant deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

Coffee with Council event continues at 7:30 a.m. Friday

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. All topics are welcome, but Friday discussion will focus on the city of Steamboat Springs’ 2017 budget, priorities and challenges.

The goal of Coffee with Council is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with City Council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them. No RSVP is necessary; coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Farm storage facility loans available through USDA

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to the following.

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, stop by the local FSA office or visit

Digital US Forest Service maps available for devices

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

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