Steamboat Digs Dogs secures 20 new dog waste receptacles
New dog waste receptacles have been installed along city trails and in city parks to replace the PVC pipes that housed plastic trash bags in Steamboat Springs. The program is part of the ongoing partnership between the city and Steamboat Digs Dogs.
“We have worked very hard to get trial areas to walk and play with our dogs, and we do not want to lose this privilege because of few inconsiderate people,” said Kathy Connell with Steamboat Digs Dogs in a news release. “We’re asking the public to remind people how important it is to pick up poop and not let your dog roam. We hope our efforts are changing the culture towards responsible dog ownership.”
The new dispensers, 20 in all, are made by BioBag, and the eco-friendly compostable dog waste bags do not contain any polyethylene-based ingredients. BioBags decompose within 40 days in a well-functioning composting environment. By comparison, it takes more than 100 years for normal plastic bags to decompose.
The BioBag dispenser program was jump started by a donation from Laura Brewer, whose mission is to encourage dog waste composting in Steamboat. Based on the number of registered dogs in Steamboat Springs, 1.5 million pounds of dog waste is produced annually.
Steamboat Digs Dogs is soliciting sponsors for the first 20 dispensers and an additional 15 that will be purchased for the balance of locations. The sponsorships will cover the cost of the dispensers and BioBags. Businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor one of these dispensers should contact Kathy Connell at email@example.com.
Safe, sober, free 4/20 event held at Sk8 Church set for Friday
Looking for a safe, sober and free 4/20 event for your kids? Join Sk8 Church from 6 to 10 p.m. for a ’90’s themed “4/20 Bash”. The event includes a munchie bar, live music and, of course, a skate competition, open to teens 12 and older. The event will be held at Sk8 Church (2851 Riverside Plaza, Steamboat Springs) in partnership with Grand Futures, Music with a Vision, Backdoor Grill, Milk Run and Urbane. No skating ability necessary to attend and have fun.
Steamboat student graduates from Fort Lewis in Class of 2018
Charles Toye, a 2014 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango on April 28 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. He has been accepted into the graduate program for Hispanic Studies at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and was awarded a graduate student assistantship position teaching Spanish.
Area event-goers encouraged to play a role in sustainability
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council suggests five tips to make Steamboat events more sustainable:
- BYOB (bottle, that is): Avoid single-use plastic bottles and cups. Bring a reusable water bottle and refill at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s free Water Monster hydration stations, available at many community events.
- Find the bin: Properly dispose of items in recycle and trash bins. If you don’t see a bin right away, ask someone. If you spot an aluminum can or plastic bottle that didn’t make it into a recycling bin, please put it where it belongs. Paper with food on it must go in the trash.
- Leave no trace: Pack out your waste, especially if you cannot find a recycling bin. Although some food waste is biodegradable, please don’t leave it on the ground. It is still litter and is harmful for native animals to eat. Also, fire danger is high. Please be sure to dispose of cigarettes in safe, appropriate areas.
- Spork it: Bring your own cutlery, cloth napkin and/or to-go container. Encourage coordinators of events you attend to use environmentally-friendly tableware, rather than Styrofoam™.
- Bike it: Ride your bike, walk or take the free bus to events.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council offers low-cost, do-it-yourself sustainable event kits for small to medium-sized events and consulting to reduce the environmental footprint of events of all sizes. Visit yvsc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Weigh and Win kiosk continues at Northwest Colorado Health
Weigh and Win is a free community program that provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly at a kiosk located in the lobby at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs.
Between weigh-ins, participants receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss challenges. Weigh and Win is a nonprofit program aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado. Participation is free.
The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants can enroll at the kiosk, at weighandwin.com or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702. Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/weighandwin or call 970-871-7618 for more information.
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