Steamboat briefs: Woodchuck responsible for fire deceased after injuries |

Steamboat briefs: Woodchuck responsible for fire deceased after injuries

A woodchuck responsible for causing a car fire Wednesday has been located.
The woodchuck had climbed into the engine compartment of a Toyota 4Runner that was being stored at a ranch.

After the new owner picked up the car, it caught fire while he was driving to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get it registered.

The driver pulled into the Steamboat Today parking lot, and the woodchuck was seen fleeing the scene. There was some concern that the woodchuck might start another fire because the animal was on fire.

On Thursday, a Steamboat Today employee spotted the woodchuck in front of the building. It was badly burned, and wildlife officials were notified. The woodchuck had to be euthanized.

Young Life hosts Steamboat's Got Talent fundraiser Sunday

Steamboat Young Life will host a Steamboat's Got Talent fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chief Theater. The show will feature talented student acts and various special guests. RSVP to Aaron Werner at

Library yoga practice focuses on twists for spring detox

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free yoga session for May's community yoga practice focusing on Tias Little's "Home Practice Series: Twists" yoga DVD, a series to wring out the winter for spring renewal, at 10 a.m. Sunday in Library Hall. The 52-minute practice is designed for all levels to work at their own pace. Attendees are asked to bring their own mats and blankets. Visit for more information.

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Local Teen Council names Turek May Teen of the Month

Sage Turek has been chosen by the Steamboat Springs Teen Council as Teen of the Month for May. The Steamboat Springs High School senior was chosen because she demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets; acts as a leader and a positive role model among her peers and exhibits a commitment to community service.

Turek's involvement in the community is evident through her involvement in an array of activities, arts, athletics and academics.

Artistically, Turek is currently developing her talent in saxophone and violin, which she shares with her violin students. Many teens know Turek from the ice skating rink or high school fields, where she has been a strong figure skater since 2006 and is currently on the Sailors girls lacrosse team.

Turek is also a member of Knowledge Bowl, Gnosis Literary Magazine, Math Club, SMART Team, Model UN and the National Honor Society.

When asked what her greatest accomplishment in life has been so far, she mentioned helping establish the Steamboat Springs High School Math Club.

"I wanted a way for students to be able to connect to math in a way beyond their classrooms and find more fun in math," Turek said.

Turek plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to major in biology, and in the future, she hopes to travel, helping governments administer vaccines and medicines.

When Turek is not studying or pursuing music and sports, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with her brothers, playing chess and reading the Steamboat Today and solving crosswords.

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council program is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and is funded through a grant from Routt County United Way and the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation.

To learn more about the Teen Council, visit

Local Junior Master Gardener program offered to County

The CSU Master Gardeners are accepting students in third through fifth grades for the Junior Master Gardener program. Classes will be held on four Saturdays throughout the summer, and each class will cover a different gardening subject.

The program, taught by local CSU Master Gardeners, costs $12 per workshop and includes all materials and snacks. For more information or to register, call the CSU Extension Office at 970-879-0825 or email

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup seeks judges

The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup is seeking volunteers to judge the June 17 Show 'n' Shine car show in downtown Steamboat Springs.  No experience is necessary. Judges must be available from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Each judge will be given a 2017 Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup T-shirt and the opportunity to meet Mustang owners at the Friday evening hospitality meet and greet. To sign up, contact or visit