Steamboat briefs: Yampatika hosts daily programs for Boys & Girls Club during Blues Break |

Steamboat briefs: Yampatika hosts daily programs for Boys & Girls Club during Blues Break

During Blues Break from Feb. 18 to 22, Yampatika will host daily programs for Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs members.

■ Pioneer Winter Life for children ages 9 to 12 is Feb. 18.

■ Animal Tracking for children ages 6 to 8 is Feb. 19.

■ Snow Art for children ages 6 to 8 is Feb. 20.

■ Snow Science for children ages 9 to 12 is Feb. 21.

■ Snow Sense Snowshoe for children ages 6 to 8 is Feb. 22.

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The free programs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch. Transportation will be provided from the Boys & Girls Club. Registration is required by calling 970-871-3160. The series is funded through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the John G. Duncan Charitable Trust of Colorado.

Class on cooking soups, sauces set for Saturday

A soups and sauces cooking class is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at City Cafe for $25. Call Nicolette at 970-846-1135 to register.

Book, supply drive benefits orphaned African children

Steamboat Springs resident Grace Hampton is holding a book and supply drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Early childhood development books, toys and educational supplies are needed, including alphabet, number, nursery rhyme and tactile books and puzzles. Hampton will bring the items to orphaned children in Malawi, Africa, in February. For more information, call 970-879-6830.

Horizons hosts The Stigma of Mental Illness on Jan. 30

Horizons Specialized Services hosts The Stigma of Mental Illness, a presentation by former Steamboat resident and business owner Chrissie Hodges about her experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. The free talk is from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 30 in Yampa Valley Medical Center's Conference Room 1.

Hodges is an award-winning motivational speaker who will describe her journey of wrestling with OCD as a teenager. Hodges also will discuss OCD facts and treatment options. For more information, call Deirdre Pepin at 970-879-4466, ext. 110.

Applications for historic designation due by Feb. 13

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due by Feb. 13 in the Commissioners Office at the Routt County Courthouse. The applications will be reviewed by the Routt County Historic Preservation Board at its March 13 meeting. Call Dee Bolton at 970-879-0108 for more information. An application can be found at

Winter driving tips from Office of Emergency Management

■ Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.

■ Check your tires. Fit your car with snow tires or carry chains.

■ Four-wheel drive can't overcome ice and insufficient stopping distance. Drive slowly and leave space between your car and the car in front of you.

■ If you have an accident, move your vehicle to a safe spot if you are able to and call 911. If the vehicle must remain in the road, turn on your hazards, stay in your car and use a cone to warn traffic.

■ Carry an emergency kit in your car with blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit, nonperishable snacks, water, extra clothing, sand and a shovel.

Call the Routt County Office of Emergency Management at 970-870-5551 or the Routt County Sheriff's Office at 970-879-1090 with any questions.

Portion of Spring Creek Trail closed until April 15

A large portion of the Spring Creek Trail has been closed to public access as part of the annual seasonal wildlife closure. The seasonal closure is done in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to provide winter habitat for the local elk herd. The trail will remain closed until April 15. The closure begins about 1 1/2 miles up the trail from Amethyst Drive, and access is blocked by a gate. For more information about wildlife closures, call area wildlife manager Jim Haskins at 970-871-2842.

Registration open for annual Wild West Relay

Registration recently opened for the 10th annual Wild West Relay, an event that sends teams of runners racing from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. The event is set for Aug. 2 and 3. The race has two categories of teams — those with four to six runners, and those with seven to 12 runners.

The 200-mile race is self-supported. The cost to register rises throughout 2013. Registration for a 12-person team currently costs $1,175, and a six-person team costs $680. A final option, for groups with one to three runners, costs $145 per person. High school teams, meanwhile, can register for $330. The deadline for early registration is Feb. 28.

Visit to register or for more information.

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