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Steamboat Briefs: Fishing derby and pancake breakfast set for Saturday

— The Steamboat Springs Optimist and Rotary clubs host their 29th annual fishing derby and pancake breakfast Saturday at Walton Pond. The free pancake breakfast is at 8 a.m., and the fishing derby is at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher costumes, biggest fish, first fish and most fish. Bait and some poles will be provided. Call 970-879-6464 or 970-846-9783 for more information.

A Day for Writers will be July 22 and 23 at depot

Six openings remain for the 30th annual A Day for Writers conference July 22 and 23 at the Depot Art Center. The conference is sponsored by the Steamboat Writers Group and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Registration is $65 and includes a workshop called Ten Minutes of Fame at 7:15 p.m. July 22 and four workshops and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. July 23. More information is at, or call Susan at 970-879-8138 or Harriet at 970-879-8079.

Learn to Skate, hockey classes are next week

Learn To Skate and Initiation To Hockey registration is going on now. Classes are Monday to Thursday. The cost is $37 for the week and includes skate rentals. Learn to Skate is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and initiation is 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Howelsen Ice Arena. For more information, call Courtney Gill at 970-879-4300, ext. 340.

City to spray for whitetop weeds starting next week

The city of Steamboat Springs has hired a private contractor to spray for whitetop in the city's right-of-way next week and the week after, weather permitting, according to a news release. A harmless blue dye will be used to identify areas that have been sprayed. Questions can be directed to Doug Marsh or Ron Berig at 970-879-1809.

According to the release, once the herbicide has dried, it is OK for children and pets to walk through the sprayed area if needed. Dry times depend on weather but are usually an hour or two. To be extra safe, keep children and pets off sprayed areas for 24 hours.

Depending on the weed, you will usually see some color change within a week.

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