Briefs for Feb. 10

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YVEA sends reminder

of electricity's dangers

In response to a stunt performed recently on a network TV show, Yampa Valley Electric Association issued a press release warning customers not to try to duplicate the dangerous stunt involving electricity.

"While 'reality' television is 'real,' many of the stunts shown are conducted in controlled settings," the press release stated. "The actual outcome of one of these stunts, copied by a child or young person, could be fatal."

The issue arises from a Jan. 31 episode of NBC's hit show "Fear Factor," in which contestants received electric shocks as they worked their way through a maze of low-voltage wires in what appeared to be a utility substation.

"Yampa Valley Electric Association and the Colorado Rural Electric Association are concerned that this program sent a message to viewers that contact with electricity is something that can be withstood without serious consequences and that utility substations and electrical equipment are suitable locations for horseplay," the press release reads. "Neither of these statements is true."

Utility substations are fenced and kept locked to prevent anyone but trained professionals from entering them. They are a crucial part of the electric infrastructure and house tens of thousands of volts of electricity.

"YVEA works very hard all year to remind our members and teach their children to stay away from substations and power lines," YVEA General Manager Larry Covillo said. "And now, this TV show has sent another message. We want to, once again, remind everyone of the potential danger behind those substation fences."

Routt County Fair Board

seeks volunteer members

The Routt County Fair Association has vacant positions for an at-large and Road District No. 3 representatives for the Routt County Fair Board. People interested in serving on the volunteer board, which meets once a month to plan and produce the annual Routt County Fair, should call Terry at 276-3068.

Resort association wants events for 2005 calendar

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is asking for events to be submitted for its 2005 calendar. The calendar includes events held from April through October and will be available on the chamber's Web sites, the Summer Visitor's Guide and other visitor-information publications. Call 879-0882, ext. 203, or e-mail jody@steamboatchamber.com for a submission form. The deadline is Monday.

Register for street events for 92nd Winter Carnival

Registration hours for Winter Carnival street event participants is at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitor Information Center, 1255 S. Lincoln Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 879-0880, ext. 203.

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