Steamboat briefs: Hayden seeks bids for street work

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— The town of Hayden plans to start the bidding process for reconstruction of Poplar Street. The prebid meeting is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave. Bidding opens at 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to award at the next board meeting on the 20 with construction starting as soon as that week," Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Steamboat Institute books nationally known speakers

The Steamboat Institute has added two nationally known speakers to its inaugural Freedom Conference, slated for Aug. 28 to 29 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; and Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund, a contributor to Fox News, join a lineup that includes House GOP Chairman Mike Pence, of Indiana, - at a pre-conference reception Aug. 23 - conservative radio talk show host Michael Reagan, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

For details and to register for the conference, visit www.steamboatinstitute.org.

C.R. 86 work zone to run Monday through Oct. 1

Routt County Road 86, which becomes Moffat County Road 29, will be under construction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Oct. 1, the Routt County Road and Bridge Department announced last week.

The construction zone is about 2 miles northeast of Elkhead Reservoir and will repair the Elkhead Slide. One-lane traffic will be allowed through the work zone from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

Delays as long as an hour can be expected at all other times. The road will open to traffic after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Call the road and bridge department at 879-0831.

Suggestions welcome for Seminars at Steamboat

The Seminars at Steamboat planning group is welcoming suggestions for topics and speakers for the 2010 summer season.

As a nonpartisan organization, the Seminars at Steamboat focuses on public policy issues of national and international importance. Each summer, there are four seminars.

Submit your ideas by Saturday to seminarsatsteam boat@yahoo.com.

Group seeks housing help for Smiles for the Children

Smiles for the Children, a local nonprofit group working for the benefit of impoverished children in Bali and India, is seeking housing help for an upcoming event. SFC is hosting the traditional Balinese Dance group, Gamelan Tunas Mekar, for a performance at the All Arts Festival on Aug. 22. Housing for the performers is needed for Friday and Saturday nights. Lodging owners with spare condos or residents with an empty room can contact Doug Weers at dweers@yahoo.com or at 970-824-6524. All proceeds of the performance benefit SFC.

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