Steamboat briefs: VNA offers low-cost FluMist for uninsured children

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has low-cost FluMist available for children without insurance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals six months and older receive a flu vaccination each year.

To make an appointment for flu or other routine immunizations, call 970-879-1632. Those who are insured are asked to bring their insurance card.

CDOT, local police agencies begin holiday enforcement

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and 80 local law enforcement agencies are again teaming up to run the second of three holiday-related enforcement periods.

The Holiday Party DUI enforcement began Friday and will continue through Monday, Dec. 14. Colorado’s dedicated police officers will saturate the roadways and arrest impaired drivers throughout the state — all to ensure roads are safe for individuals and families going to and from holiday celebrations.

“Winter weather should be the only hazard drivers contend with this holiday season,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “Unfortunately, during last year’s 10-day Holiday Party enforcement period, there were four alcohol-related fatalities, and CSP and local law enforcement agencies made 645 arrests. Our goal is always to reduce those numbers.”

Over the recent Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there were a total of 269 arrests for drunken driving statewide, with the Denver Police Department (23), Aurora Police Department (28) and Colorado Springs Police Department (17) citing the most arrests. In addition, CSP cited 69 DUI arrests statewide.

“Many of us travel during the holidays, so it is more important than ever to keep impaired drivers off of Colorado’s roadways,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We will continue to enforce Colorado’s DUI laws aggressively throughout the two remaining The Heat Is On enforcement periods this year and beyond. If you choose to drink, make sure you have a designated sober driver, or plan to use alternative transportation.”

The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year with 12 specific, high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events.

Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement.

For more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips, visit

Foreign film series presents ‘Marie’s Story’ on Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Chief Theater with the French romance “Marie’s Story,” directed by Jean-Pierre Améris.

Before the film, Steamboat’s French Club will gather at 6 p.m. in the Chief Theater’s Black Box Lounge for conversational French, French wine specials and potluck appetizers. All French speakers are welcome.

The film is set at the turn of the 19th century, when a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her.

Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send 14-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior’s skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born.

Based on true events, “Marie’s Story” recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love. The screening includes an award-winning short film.

For more information, visit

School district to hold bargaining team meeting

The Steamboat Springs School District Collaborative Bargaining Team will be meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the District Office located at 325 Seventh Street.

This is a public meeting.

To view the meeting agenda, visit

Hayden set to host Holiday Stroll today from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Sixth annual Hayden Holiday Stroll will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Hayden Museum and The Granary. The museum, which will be decorated for the holidays, will host an open house with baked treats, cider, an expanded gift shop with discounts and a book signing with local author Mary O’Brian. A wagon ride from the museum to The Granary will also be offered. Chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire, Santa will be there to visit with kids, and there will be crafters and vendors displaying their wares for holiday shopping. The Holiday Stroll is free and open to all ages.

CMC to host small business seminar for selling Dec. 16

Colorado Mountain College is hosting a Success Steps Seminar on selling for small businesses from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Classroom 213 on the second-floor of the Academic Center.

The program will be presented by Andy Blackstone, who brings more than 35 years of experience as a salesperson, sales manager and small business owner. For the past 17 years, Blackstone has served as an independent consultant to technology companies looking to improve their sales results. He is also author of a book on sales titled “Small Changes.”

Topics to be covered include refining market segment, building value proposition, developing sales processes, defining sales funnel, planning sales calls and tracking and measuring progress.

Time will be provided for questions.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch. To register, call 970-870-4491.

The Series Steps Seminar is a collaborative effort of Colorado Mountain College’s Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, Alpine Bank, the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council and SCORE.

Holiday in the Rockies artisan market set for today

Holidays in the Rockies, a holiday artisan market, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Booth fees will benefit the Steamboat Arts Council. For more information, visit or call 970-879-9008. 

CSU Master Gardener training begins in January

The Colorado State University Routt County Extension Office is accepting applications for the 2016 Colorado Master Gardener and Colorado Gardener Certificate training. 

Taught by CSU professionals, the program teaches all aspects of growing plants, trees and lawns in a mountain environment. Reduced cost is recognized by volunteering with the Routt County Master Gardener program.

Training will occur every Thursday from Jan. 28 through April 7. Participation is limited to 12 people, with priority given to those who have completed an application by Jan. 4, 2016.

For more information and application information, call 970-879-0825 or visit

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