Briefs for Dec. 20, 2003

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Man's finger reattached

at Denver hospital

The contractor working at Twentymile Coal Mine who injured his hand this week reportedly has been released from the hospital.

On Wednesday, the man was working at a construction site on the mine's property to help erect a steel structure in an open area when he hurt his hand, said Ron Spangler, manager of human resources for Twentymile.

The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later to a hospital in Denver. He was released by Friday. He suffered from a partial amputation of one finger, which was reattached and could be saved, Spangler said.

"It sounded much worse when we first heard about it than what it turned out to be," Spangler said.

Spangler could not release the man's name but said he was working under supervisor Fred Duckels of Duckels Construction Inc. Duckels could not be reached for comment.

Library to continue 'It's a Girl Thing' book discussion

This spring, Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its popular book discussion series for girls and women called "It's a Girl Thing." The free program is open to girls ages 10 to 13 and a woman of significance in their lives, such as a mom, grandma, friend or teacher. Pairs may sign up for one or two discussions. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6, March 5 and April 2. The library will give each pair a copy of the discussion book to keep. Registration is required and starts Jan. 5. Call the library at 879-0240 or stop by the children's desk to sign up.

Museum changes hours for winter holidays

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.

Community centers closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

The LIFT-UP Community Thrift Store, Donation Center, South Routt Food Bank and Hayden Emergency Assistance Office will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday through Jan. 1. The Steamboat food bank will be closed during the same period, except for Friday and Dec. 30, when it will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 870-0727.

Performers needed for annual Christmas dinner

Volunteer performers, musicians and entertainers are needed for the annual community Christmas dinner sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors. The dinner will be held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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