Steamboat briefs: US 40, Elk River Road intersection closed tonight |

Steamboat briefs: US 40, Elk River Road intersection closed tonight

The intersection at U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road west of downtown Steamboat Springs will be fully closed from 7 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 to enable crews to set barriers and restripe for major improvements to begin.

The detour route during tonight's closure will utilize Curve/Shield Drive and Downhill Drive. Once lane striping is complete and barriers are set, motorists will encounter the following at this intersection until upgrades are completed, likely in July.

■ All dedicated right-turns lanes will be closed; right turns will share the through-traffic lanes.

■ All dedicated left-turn lanes will remain in place at all approaches.

■ All lanes will be narrowed to 12 feet.

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■ A 12-foot width restriction will be in place 24/7 along the U.S. 40 work zone and through the Elk River Road intersection.

■ Pedestrian crossings at the intersection will be eliminated. A temporary crossing will be placed south of the intersection near Curve Court.

In general, motorists can expect daytime lane closures eastbound after 9 a.m., and westbound closures before 4 p.m. The speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph in the construction zone. Night work and single-lane, alternating traffic is possible at times. No weekend work is anticipated at this time but is possible at a later date, if necessary to expedite the project's completion.

The Colorado Department of Transportation began the project May 1. The work, contracted to Flatiron Construction for $6.9 million, is a combination intersection, resurfacing, sidewalk and city waterline construction project, being conducted in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs. The city provided $877,900 in funding toward construction, including the water line work.

Documentary looks at global future of climate change

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of "Before the Flood," a documentary film from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall.

The film asks: "If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know?" DiCaprio takes a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.

DiCaprio also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

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Broncos Salute to Fans set to be in Steamboat on Friday

The Denver Broncos Salute to Fans Tour will make a stop in Steamboat Springs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19 at Ski Town Park, 2610 Pine Grove Road. The community is invited to attend this free event for the chance to meet Broncos players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot. There will be giveaways and Broncos-themed activities for the kids.

Empathy topic of parenting workshop set for Wednesday

Free Power to the Parents parenting workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 in the Routt County Commissioners Heating Room on the third floor of the Historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. Tom Valand, with the Routt County Fatherhood Program, will be presenting the program, "Empathy, Understanding It and Using It." A free lunch will be served. RSVP to Beth Wendler at

Vet in the Park event planned in Oak Creek on Saturday

The town of Oak Creek will host its annual Vet in the Park event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20 in Decker Park. Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital will be providing reduced price vaccinations and the town of Oak Creek will be issuing pet licenses.

Local Rotary Club names April Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has selected Cody Reynan as Student of the Month for April. The Soroco High School senior is known for his strong work ethic. This year, Reynan is volunteering to serve as a teacher's aide for Beth Faris' high school Spanish class. According to his teacher, Reynan arrives at school an hour early each day to help her.

"Cody has a huge heart in addition to all his other great qualities," Faris said when nominating Reynan for the honor.

Reynan is strong academically and also plays high school sports. Next year, he will attend CNCC in Craig to finish his prerequisites before applying to Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs where he plans to get his associates degree in radiology and pursue a career in healthcare.

Memorial Day event will honor 'Men of the Mountain'

Veterans, local Coloradans, descendants and friends of the 10th Mountain Division will gather at 11 a.m. May 29 at the summit of Tennessee Pass on U.S. Highway 24 at the 10th Division Monument between Leadville and Minturn to honor their fallen comrades of the 10th Mountain Division and the 99th Battalion who lost their lives in combat.

World War II veterans Crosby Perry Smith and Hugh Evans will be the keynote speakers.

Open to the public, this Colorado Memorial Day tradition gives people the opportunity to see and touch WWII artifacts and equipment provided by the 10th Mountain Living History Group. In addition, Soldiers from the 157th Colorado Army National Guard Battalion recently aligned under the 10th Mountain Division will participate in this year's ceremony.

Because of limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The Lake County High School Band will provide music and the Canyon City Junior ROTC Color Guard will post colors.

The WWII 10th Mountain Division was created in Colorado in 1943 and trained at Camp Hale, high in the Rockies, near Leadville. It was the only unit in the history of the United States Army to be organized specifically for mountain and winter warfare. Veterans of the 10th were instrumental in making skiing a major American winter sport.

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