Steamboat Briefs: Chip-and-seal work begins today on section of CR 16

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Routt County's chip-and-seal season is here. Crews will begin resurfacing Routt County Road 16 from C.R. 212 to C.R. 18A, a 1.1 mile section, today. Chip-and-seal is a less expensive version of surface treatment that combines a layer of asphalt with a layer of fine aggregate, or chips.

On Friday, chip-and-seal crews will resurface 2.4 miles of C.R. 14 from its southern intersection with Colorado Highway 131 to Jack Creek Road. From Friday through Aug. 12, C.R. 15 and C.R. 17 will receive chip-and-seal treatment from Phippsburg to Yampa. A second treatment on the same segment of C.R. 16 will be performed Saturday. C.R. 14 and C.R. 16 will be fog sealed Aug. 13. C.R. 15 and C.R. 17 will be fog sealed Aug. 14.

Commissioners delay CR 14 right of way decision

The Routt County Board of Commissioners tabled Tuesday its consideration of a resolution to spend $1 million to acquire 44 acres of right of way from 46 property owners along Routt County Road 14 in South Routt County. The county is considering spending the money in hopes that it could win a $20 million federal grant to reconstruct the road from Colorado Highway 131 to Stagecoach State Park. Commissioners said more information is being gathered, and the issue will be on their agenda again next week.

SmartWool announces 1st group of 2009 donations

SmartWool has announced its first group of 2009 charitable donations. The summer 2009 SmartWool Advocacy Fund and SmartWool Breast Cancer Fund grants include 19 organizations. SmartWool is based in Steamboat and awards the grants twice a year. Nine Colorado agencies, one in Steamboat, received funding. Steamboat's Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center was a recipient.

The round of gifting represents more than $82,000 in donations to nonprofit organizations across the country, according to a news release. That brings the total amount of Advocacy Fund contributions given by SmartWool since 2004 to more than half a million dollars.

Ten percent of every Web site order goes to the SmartWool Advocacy Fund. Two percent of sales from SmartWool Pink Ribbon products go to the SmartWool Breast Cancer Fund. More information is at www.smartwool.com/advocacy.

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