Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street construction work nears completion |

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street construction work nears completion

Work on Yampa Street continues this week with the road closed to vehicular traffic at the Seventh Street intersection.

Streetscape work on the south side of Yampa Street at the Seventh Street intersection is being completed this week, and Yampa Street is projected to open to traffic Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Upon opening of the street, the city asks motorists to take note that stop signs are present on all approaches at the Seventh Street intersection. During the next few weeks, intermittent shoulder closures will be necessary in isolated areas along the entire stretch of Yampa Street to complete work associated with utility undergrounding.

When electric service is converted to the underground system and the overhead electric and fiber optic lines can be removed, street lights along Yampa Street will be installed.

To date, Duckels Construction has completed concrete and streetscape work on the north and south sides between Sixth and Eighth streets including sidewalk, landscaping and street light pole bases. Paving operations are also complete. Yampa Valley Electric and Comcast have commenced work to pull wires in the underground conduit system and are actively converting services to the new system.

Work has also been completed on Oak Street.

During the winter, the city will perform design and property owner coordination for the remaining blocks along Oak Street. Construction will recommence in spring 2017.

Residents encouraged to renew licenses online

Colorado residents who renew their driver’s licenses or identification cards online will receive a newly designed card.

Renewing online allows customers to avoid visiting a Department of Motor Vehicle office.

It also offers individuals the opportunity to update their current physical and mailing addresses.

Individuals may renew their driver license two consecutive times online. The most recent photo on file with the DMV is used when renewing online.

Last year, only 29 percent of eligible residents took advantage of the online renewal option. Individuals are encouraged to renew online for their convenience.

All driver license offices across the state are issuing the new design.

Food program for mothers using debit-style card

The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has switched from paper checks to a debit-style eWIC card. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant women, mothers and children who qualify.

Allocations for WIC-approved foods are added to participants’ eWIC cards. WIC is offered at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs and Craig. Visit or call 970-871-7677 for more information.

Assistance available for insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31. There are new plans and prices every year, and financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

Free in-person assistance is available to help people find the right plan. If already enrolled, a person still needs to renew their plan to retain coverage. Plans need to be renewed by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1; Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1; and Jan. 31, for coverage beginning March 1.

For free assistance, call a health coverage guide at Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7330 or Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322.  

Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information and resources, visit

Volunteers needed at Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum’s store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits. 

Perks include getting to enjoy the art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from all across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email

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