Briefs for Feb. 18

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Kremmling elk tests positive for CWD

A 32-month-old female elk that was born and died at a Kremmling ranch tested positive for chronic wasting disease, said officials at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

The animal died at the Bear Mountain Ranch on Jan. 24. Because of the positive case, the ranch's 273 animals are under quarantine. Most of the elk were born onsite.

The ranch was licensed in August 2000 and since has tested 60 elk, which were all negative. The facility is double fenced with an exterior 8-foot fence and a high tensile electric fence on the inside, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

No elk from the ranch have been sent to another facility, state veterinarian Wayne Cunningham said.

"We're working with the owners of the elk ranch to discuss the best step to take in managing the herd," Cunningham said.

Tom Cox, president of the Colorado Elk Breeders Association, emphasized that elk ranchers test their animals whenever they die.

"We are looking for the disease, and occasionally we find it," Cox said. "We test every single animal, and that's why we find them."

Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of infected animals, eventually killing them.

Steamboat Artists Group seeking models to paint

The Steamboat Artists Group is seeking models to work from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Pay is $18 per hour for nude modeling and $15 per hour for clothed modeling. Those interested should call 879-7010.

Clay Artisans seeks

nonprofit for benefit

Steamboat Clay Artisans' Soup Bowl Supper Committee is seeking a nonprofit organization to be the beneficiary of its 2005 fund-raiser.

To be considered as this year's beneficiary, submit a letter of interest no later than March 1, stating the name and purpose of your organization, how you would use the donation, and the extent of volunteer assistance your organization would provide. Letters should be addressed to SCA, P.O. Box 882111, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488, Attn: Soup Bowl Supper Committee. The selection of this year's beneficiary will be made and announced no later than March 31. Call 846-9349 or 846-8487.

Arts council taking entries until March 15 for exhibit

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting entries for "The Intensive Spirit: Celebrating 22 Years of the Paper and Book Intensive," an international juried exhibition of book arts and handmade paper constructions. The exhibit is open from April 29 to June 19. The entry deadline is March 15. Download a prospectus at www.steamboatspringsarts. com/ISprosp.PDF or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to SSAC/Intensive Spirit, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

The Second Annual Penguin Plunge is March 19 at Lake Catamount.

Proceeds will benefit the purchase of an Infant Human Patient Simulator for health-care provider training.

Volunteers are needed to take the plunge. Call the Healthcare Foundation at 871-2501 for information on participating as a Penguin, sponsor or volunteer.

Volunteers are needed for Steamboat Springs Middle School's after school Study Club. The program runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Any help is appreciated. Call 879-1058 for information.

Newborn Network is in search of volunteers

On request from the family, a volunteer provides a home visit, which includes a gift bag and information about community resources and child development. The home visiting program is available at no cost to all parents in Routt County. Volunteer training will be held March 12. Call 879-0977 for more information.

In celebration of the Routt County Humane Society's 20th anniversary and Spay Day USA, the Humane Society is offering $20 spay or neuter discount coupons during February. A limited number of coupons are available. Call your veterinarian to schedule and appointment, or call the Humane Society at 879-RCHS for information.

The AARP is offering a driver safety program for motorists 50 and older. The eight-hour course is designed to help drivers improve their skills and prevent traffic accidents. Drivers ages 55 and older may receive substantial insurance savings. The next classes will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 and 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The cost is $10. To register, call Bud or Jane Romberg at 879-0064 or Shelly Orrel at 879-0633.

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 out and produce the annual Routt County Fair, should call Terry at 276-3068.

Registration is open for the 14th annual Steamboat Pentathlon and fund-raiser to be held March 5 at Howelsen Hill. Discounted early registration ends Feb. 21 and the final registration deadline is March 2. Drop off registration forms at the Parks and Recreational Services office. Call 879-4300 or visit www.steamboatpentathlon.com.

Colorado Mountain College is offering a medic first aid class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and a pediatric medic first aid class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Students will receive CPR certification upon successful completion of either class. Each class costs $20.50 for in-district residents. Call 870-4444 to register.

U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities are being distributed at the 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 current quarter began Jan. 1 and ends March 30. Call 870-8804 for more information about income eligibility and each office's hours of operation.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting entries for "The Intensive Spirit: Celebrating 22 Years of the Paper and Book Intensive," an international juried exhibition of book arts and handmade paper constructions which will be on display April 29 to June 19. The entry fee is $30 for up to three entries, or $25 for Arts Council members. Download a prospectus at www.steamboatspringsarts.com/ISprosp.PDF or send an self-addressed, stamped envelope to SSAC/Intensive Spirit, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Pink scarves benefiting the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Program are available at Epilogue Book Co. The scarves were made by volunteer knitters to help the fight against breast cancer.

A 20-year class reunion is being planned for the Steamboat Springs High School class of 1985. Members of the class or people who how out-of-town class members can be contacted are asked to call Lori Arce at 879-4498 or e-mail loriarce@yahoo.com. The reunion will be held July 29 to 31.

Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its popular book discussion series for girls and women called "It's a Girl Thing" this spring. This free program is open to girls ages 10 to 12 and a woman partner like mom, grandmother, friend or teacher. Pairs may sign up for one or two discussions.

Program dates are March 4, and April 8. Programs run 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 and begins Jan. 3. Call the library at 879-0240 or stop by the children's desk to sign up. Space is limited.

Alumni of Steamboat Springs High School are invited to join the school's alumni association by calling Gail Dudley at 871-3641. The association has a Web page and a mailing list to help people find clasmates and friends. The group also is putting out a newsletter in March, so people interested in receiving it should call soon to join.

Local women are needed as workshop presenters and volunteers for the eighth-grade "Girls to Women" career day April 12. Call Tibby Speare at 870-9707.

Flu vaccine is still available at Steamboat Medical Group for those at high risk or anyone who would like a flu vaccine. Steamboat Medical has reallocated several doses of flu vaccine to the Denver area and our local Visiting Nurse Association and still has plenty available. It is recommended that children 6 to 23 months old and their family members receive flu vaccine. Call 879-0203.

Holy Name Catholic Church hosts a Lenten series, "Good News of Reconciliation -- Journeying Home" facilitated by Sr. Faith Hansen, Fr. David Henderson and Msgr. George Schroeder. Meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 18 to March 18, at the Holy Name Church Family Life Center. No registration is required, bring a bag lunch. Call 879-0671.

Registration Opens for High School Soccer Tournament

Registration is open for a co-ed indoor soccer tournament for ages 14 to 18. The four-on-four tournament will be held March 13 at the Steamboat Springs High School. Teams must field two female players. Three-game guarantee. The cost $15 per team, with proceeds going to Steamboat Youth Soccer Association. Contact Alec Nelson to register or for more information, 819-0506, or nelnelson_9@hotmail.com. Co-sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.

Routt County Regional Building Department employees will be attending an educational conference Feb. 28 to March 4, so the department will be operating with a limited staff that week, which may affect inspections and plan review. Customers are asked to plan accordingly.

The Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring a free Hapkido class for ages 11 and older at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 24 to May 26 at the Hayden Middle School gym. Parent/child participation is encouraged. To register, call instructor JD Paul at 276-7242 or 846-8545.

"River to Ridges," a benefit hosted by The Nature Conservancy and Leadership Steamboat to help protect Wolf Mountain Ranch, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5 at the Carpenter Ranch. The day of art, literature, entertainment and recreation will feature author Pam Houston. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children. Call 276-4626, ext. 2.

The Hayden After Prom Committee is looking for volunteers and cash or prize donations. The committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Hayden High School library. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 70 in Hayden, 81639. Call 276-4728 or 276-3250.

An open house in honor of Evelyn Fortik Hall's 90th birthday will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at The Haven Senior Assisted Living Center in Hayden. Hall, a resident of The Haven, has lived in Routt County since 1946. The Haven is at 300 Sutton Lane.

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