Seminars touch timely issues

Speakers series begins July 20 with immigration discussion

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— The speakers in this year's Seminars at Steamboat lineup will discuss timely, controversial topics and give audience members the chance to ask questions and discuss points.

The summer series, now in its fourth year, has become one of the most popular free events offered in Steamboat Springs.

5 p.m. July 20, Linda Chavez: "Facing Facts about Immigration Policy."

5 p.m. Aug. 3, Steve Bell: "The Media and Politics."

5 p.m. Aug. 17, Steve McCormick, "Protecting the Environment: What We Can Do Nationally and Locally."

Aug. 22, Army Maj. Gen. (ret.) Robert Scales: "What's Going on in Iraq: A Military Analyst's View."

Planning for the 2006 Seminars at Steamboat began in August, culminating in this year's list of guests -- a who's who of national correspondents, analysts and leaders within their fields.

"We did a survey and asked people in the community who attended what they were interested in hearing," said Jane Stein, a retired Time magazine journalist and seminar board member. "We used that as a starting point. Plus, it had to fit in with the people we knew."

Linda Chavez, chairwoman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and an author, syndicated columnist and political analyst for Fox News, will lead a discussion titled "Facing Facts about Immigration Policy" on July 20.

"The (Seminars at Steam--boat) board, in general, talks about topics we would like to explore in the coming year," Stein said. "You have to be timely, like immigration, for example. Could that be more timely?"

All four of this year's speakers will discuss hot-button national and international topics.

Steve Bell will talk Aug. 3 about "The Media and Politics." Bell is a professor of telecommunications at Ball State University and a former ABC correspondent and news anchor for Good Morning America.

Steve McCormick, president of The Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation Aug. 17 titled "Protecting the Environment: What We Can Do Nationally and Locally."

The seminar series wraps Aug. 22 with retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, a National Public Radio and Fox News commentator. He will discuss "What's Going on in Iraq: A Military Analyst's View." Scales' seminar will be at the Strings in the Mountains tent off Mount Werner Road

The first three seminars begin at 5 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 10th and Oak streets in downtown Steam--boat.

Each free seminar lasts 90 minutes and includes a question-and-answer session.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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