Steamboat Springs The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a course in Steamboat Springs this fall in basic and advanced coastal navigation. The course is geared mainly to sailboat or powerboat operators or anyone else interested in learning about nautical travel. The course is Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11, and the test will be administered Nov. 17. Cost for the course is $100 plus some expenses. The course will cover chart reading, how to use basic navigational instruments, navigational aids including compass reading and electronic devices, how to plot longitude and latitude, dead reckoning and other piloting information. Call 879-2235 by Oct. 29 to sign up. Space is limited.
Medical center needs
volunteers for ski season
Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers in a variety of capacities during the upcoming ski season. Call Volunteer Coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 870-1146 for more information. Volunteers must be willing to make a six-month commitment.
LIFT-UP offers commodities to qualified households
USDA commodities are being distributed for the fourth quarter of 2007 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek, through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Eligible households may receive Assistance Program foods once per quarter. This quarterly distribution ends Dec. 31. Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to ask about income-eligibility and hours of operation for each office.
Routt County Fair Board seeks to fill vacancies
The Routt County Fair Board has three vacancies. Two vacancies are at-large positions that expire Dec. 31, in 2008 and 2009. The third vacancy is for District 3, which includes Steamboat Springs, and expires Dec. 31, 2008. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month. The Fair Board is a nine-member board responsible for the management of the fairgrounds, and planning and executing the annual Routt County Fair. Call Jill at 276-3068.
Free motor vehicle maps available for forest
New maps showing motorized routes on the Routt National Forest are now available free of charge at U.S. Forest Service offices in Steamboat Springs, Yampa, Kremmling and Walden, and the Forest supervisor's office in Laramie, Wyo.
"The maps, along with signs on the ground, will help motorized users know where and when they are allowed to travel and with what types of vehicles," said Forest Supervisor Mary Peterson. "It is the responsibility of motorized travelers to be aware of the legal designated routes and stay on them to ensure responsible use and enjoyment of the national forest."
Information and maps also are available at www.fs.fed.us/r2/mbr/recreation/travel_management/mvumindex.shtml. New motorized-use maps for the Medicine Bow National Forest and the Thunder Basin National Grassland will be available in 2008 and 2009, respectively.