Briefs for Oct. 11

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Rain and snow boosts river flows above average

The rain and snow that fell in Steamboat Springs Oct. 4 and Sunday boosted area rivers and streams above seasonal norms.

Before the storms, the Yampa and Elk rivers were carrying less water than is typical for this time of year.

The Yampa dipped below 70 cubic feet per second at the Fifth Street Bridge on Oct. 3. Typically, the river ranges between 100 cfs and 110 cfs this time of year as early snow in the high country quickly melts. The Oct. 4 snow storm caused the river to rise rapidly to more than 150 cfs before retreating to 70 cfs on Oct. 7. Sunday's rain took the river even higher -- peaking at 170 cfs.

The Elk River slipped below 80 cfs on Oct. 3. It took a little longer to respond to the Oct. 4 snow, but when it did, it topped 200 cfs on Oct. 5. The Elk settled at above 100 cfs late in the week before running back up to 190 cfs on Sunday.

Workforce Office can help local military veterans

Military veterans are encouraged to stop by the Workforce Office located in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center to visit with the Routt County Veterans Affairs officer. Find out about the benefits earned by serving in the military. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Call 879-5489 or e-mail mcondie@co.routt.co.us.

Hodgepodge story-times are every other week

Bud Werner Memorial Library invites children ages newborn to five to Hodgepodge story-time every other Thursday from 3:30-4 p.m. Hodgepodge is a free, drop-in program, and will be offered Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and 17, and Dec. 1 and 15. Snacks and an activity are provided. Call 879-0240.

Alzheimer's Association offers free local program

The Alzheimer's Association is offering a program called the Memory Cafe for people with early-stage memory loss, their caregivers and family and friends. The Memory Cafe provides an afternoon of music, dancing, food and fun at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The Memory Cafe is from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and provides a cafe setting for people with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers to socialize and receive support. Registration is required for the free program. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Alzheimer's Association's Fort Collins office at (970) 472-9798.

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