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Fire destroys shed at LaFarge gravel pit

A small shed was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening at the LaFarge gravel pit on Colorado Highway 131.

The fire also damaged a nearby a metal-frame construction site trailer.

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department received the call at 7:47 p.m. and by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the 8-by-8-foot shed had burned to the ground, and the fire had moved to the trailer, Incident Commander Scott Ryan said.

The trailer's metal exterior prevented the fire from doing too much damage to the outside, but it heated the inside of the trailer, Ryan said.

It took 10 minutes for the fire department to extinguish the fire, Ryan said.

One truck, six firefighters, a water tender and an ambulance were on the scene.

Gondola, parking, access to trails affected by races

Gondola operations, parking and access to certain mountain bike trails on the Steamboat Ski Area will be affected today through Sunday by the Storm Peak Thunder mountain bike races and Mount Werner Classic running race.

Today, the Zig Zag mountain bike trail will be closed to general use, and the gondola parking lot and lower level of the structure parking lot will be closed.

On Saturday, Zig Zag will be closed until noon for a downhill mountain biking race and, while other trails will be open, riders should anticipate a large number of users training for Sunday's cross-country race. The gondola parking lot and lower level of the structure lot will be closed. The gondola will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, all mountain bike trails will be closed to the public until the conclusion of the cross-country race at about noon. The gondola parking lot and lower level of the structure lot will be closed. The gondola will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sen. Jack Taylor is keynote speaker at open house

Republican Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs will give a legislative update as the keynote speaker at an open house hosted by the Routt County Republicans. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the county commissioners hearing room in the courthouse annex.

Library seeks volunteers for children's party

Bud Werner Memorial Library needs parent and teen volunteers to help with the "Don't Bug me, I'm Celebrating" party for children who participated in the library's summer reading program. The party takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the library. Volunteers are needed to help set up, supervise and break down craft, game and food stations on the library lawn. Please stop by the children's library or call 879-0240 to sign up.

'Chair Affair' artists

needed for benefit

'Chair Affair' artists needed for upcoming benefit

Artists are needed to creatively paint chairs for the third annual Chair Affair and Auction, presented by the Mixed Media Painting School of Steamboat Springs. The auction will take place Aug. 23, and proceeds will be used to creating a fellowship for art education to benefit artists in Routt and Moffat counties. Call Susan Fredrick at 879-4522 or Mary Beth Galer at 736-0769.

Food being distributed

at LIFT-UP offices

U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities are being distributed at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Eligible households can receive TEFAP foods once per quarter, and the third quarter distribution cycle runs July 1-Sept. 30. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for information about income eligibility and hours of operation at each office.

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