Briefs for June 26

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An emergency temporary road closure is in effect on Elk Park Road, or National Forest System Road 314. The road is closed until further notice so crews can repair damage from people who did not respect the spring closure.

"We close roads in the spring for good reasons," said Kim Vogel, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears District Ranger. "The roads are wet and easily damaged by motor vehicles -- that's why we keep them closed until the surface is dry. Some people have ignored the closure for several years and gone mud-bogging, now the road is badly damaged and will need to be closed for an extended period of time for repairs."

Mud-bogging, when people with four-wheel-drive vehicles drive on wet, muddy roads to see how far they can get, is not appropriate on any forest service roads at any time, Vogel said.

"These irresponsible actions by a few people have caused Elk Park Road to be closed to everyone," Vogel said. "It also costs taxpayers thousands of dollars to repair the road."

Smilkstein to provide

service in South Routt

In an agreement with Yampa Valley Medical Associates, Dr. Dan Smilkstein will be providing continued medical coverage for South Routt County on Mondays starting July 5 at the South Routt Medical Center. Physician's Assistant Frankie Hannah will be holding office hours Wednesdays and Thursdays starting Thursday at the clinic. Smilkstein will be working with the South Routt Medical Center to raise community awareness of the clinic, including hosting a series of monthly wellness talks. Patients who want to schedule an appointment should call Yampa Valley Medical Associates at 879-3327 or the South Routt Medical Clinic 736-8118 during regular business hours.

Steamboat High School classes holding reunions

The Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1984 is holding its 20-year class reunion this weekend. Call Connie at 871-6689.

Lincoln Avenue to be closed for cattle drive

Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 13th streets from 10 to 10:30 a.m. July 5 for a downtown cattle drive being held in honor of Cowboy Roundup Days. A ranch rodeo will be held at Howelsen Hill immediately after the cattle drive.

People need to foster

service-dog puppies

People interested in fostering service-dog puppies in training are asked to call 879-9051.

'One Night Only' set

for 8 p.m. July 3

"One Night Only," Perry-Mansfields' annual Faculty Showcase performance, is at 8 p.m. July 3 in the Julie Harris Theatre. It features dance, theater and musical theater selections from faculty members' international careers. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children younger than 11. Call 879-7125.

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