News in Brief for Sept. 14

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Bill Haight remains

in critical condition

Two men remain in the hospital after being injured in a three-vehicle accident Friday morning on U.S. Highway 40.

Bill Haight, a former Routt County Commissioner, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Denver Health Medical Center. Omar Bautista is in good condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Isaias Perez was released from YVMC Sunday.

The accident occurred at 6:40 a.m. Friday just outside of Milner.

Perez, 57 of Steamboat Springs, was driving east behind a pickup and was unable to stop when the truck did. He went into the oncoming lane of traffic to try to pass the truck and collided into Haight, who was driving west, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Haight, who suffered chest, arm and leg injuries, was air lifted to the Denver hospital.

Forest Service to

celebrate Wilderness Act

The Routt National Forest will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Olympian Hall.

The Wilderness Act, signed into law Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson, created the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside some lands to be preserved in their natural state.

About 20 percent of the Routt National Forest -- 253,000 of the forest's 1.255 million acres -- is wilderness, including the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and parts of the Sarvis, Flat Tops, Never Summer and other wild areas. A little more than 4 percent of the United States as a whole is now protected.

Displays and information will be available at the open house. There will be refreshments. Yampatika, a nature education partner of the Forest Service, will be offering wilderness-themed items.

Call 870-2000.

Mixed-media pieces sought for upcoming show

Artists are invited to submit mixed-media pieces for "Metamorphosis," a show to be held from Oct. 23 through Nov. 5 at the Depot Arts Center.

The show is sponsored by the Mixed Media Painting School of Steamboat Springs. Submission date and critique is Sept. 22. Call Suzy Holloran at 879-2107 or Sharon Pace at 870-9741.

Register now for

library's 'It's a Girl Thing'

Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its popular book discussion series, "It's a Girl Thing" this fall.

The free program is open to girls ages 10 to 12 and a woman partner such as a mother, grandmother, friend or teacher. Pairs may sign up for one or two discussions. Program dates are Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Programs are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the library. The library will give each pair a copy of the discussion book to keep.

Pre registration is required.

Call the library at 879-0240 or stop by the children's desk to sign up. Space is limited.

Oct. 2 Literary Sojourn tickets are available

Literary Sojourn tickets are now on sale for the Oct. 2 festival of authors.

The five critically acclaimed authors featured in this year's event are Cristina Garcia, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Audrey Niffenegger, David Quammen, and Brady Udall. Purchase tickets for $75 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn web site: www.literarysojourn.org. For more information, call the Library (879-0240) or Off the Beaten Path Bookstore & Coffeehouse (879-6830).

Funds available for

mammograms, treatment

The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project has funds available through the end of the year to help pay for mammograms or breast cancer treatment for women who cannot afford such services. Call 879-1632.

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