Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum to close for event set up
The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed to the public Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 9, 10 and 11, as staff prepares and sets up for the Festival of Trees event. The museum will open Festival of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 12 and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 21.
The museum will also be closed Nov. 22 and 24.
Group offers free drop-in diabetes screenings
Northwest Colorado Health is recognizing World Diabetes Day by offering free drop-in cardiovascular and diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Screenings include blood glucose test, cholesterol panel, blood pressure, body mass index and personalized education to help individuals prevent diabetes and heart disease.
Free screenings also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
Free food, personal items available from food bank
The Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank, 202 E. Jefferson, distributes free food and personal items to those in need. For more information, call the church at 970-276-3510, Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling 811 reduces risk of damaged utility lines
Did you know that, before you dig, it is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked? Atmos Energy wants to remind homeowners and excavators that they are required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked before digging.
Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care around all line markings by digging by hand.
“The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said Gary Gregory, president of Atmos Energy’s Colorado division. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”
Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chances of hitting an underground utility line decreases by 99.9 percent.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the location of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.
Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015.
“We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law,” Gregory said. “Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators should call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property.
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