Steamboat briefs: Steamboat schools ready for possible flu outbreak

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Steamboat schools ready for possible flu outbreak

— If even one student tests positive for swine flu, Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said she is prepared to shut down all district schools for two weeks.

Although officials announced two confirmed cases of swine flu in Colorado on Thursday, there have been no reports of confirmed cases in Routt County. Nonetheless, Cunningham said she will begin holding daily meetings with a crisis team to prepare for the chance of the virus arriving in Steamboat Springs. It is thought that hundreds of Steamboat students and families traveled to Mexico for spring break last week.

Cunningham said the number of absences has remained steady and low since students returned from spring break.

Lowell Whiteman Primary School fundraiser Saturday

The Lowell Whiteman Primary School's annual fundraiser is Saturday, complete with an Italian theme and a new location. The 16th annual fundraiser, called the Tour de Italia, begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Highmark.

Tickets are $50 each and include Italian food and wine. Proceeds go to scholarship assistance for Lowell Whiteman Primary School students. In past years, as many as 38 percent of the school's students have received scholarship assistance, Head of School Nancy Spillane said.

Saturday's event also features more than 150 silent auction items, including a VIP trip to Taylor Swift's appearance at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in July. The trip includes travel from Hayden in a private jet. Tour de Italia tickets can be purchased from any LWPS parent, teacher or by calling the school at 970-879-8081. The Highmark is at 2525 Village Drive.

Dog waste clean-up is scheduled for Saturday

Pet Kare Clinic hosts a community dog waste clean-up from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Blackmere Drive, Stehley Park/Butcherknife Trail, Whistler Park and Memorial Park. The Responsible Dog Ownership Group of Steamboat will host clean-ups at lower Spring Creek pond and Rita Valentine Park. Prizes for participants are being donated by Mountain View Car Wash. Bags will be provided.

"Bring gloves, and bring your own pooper scooper," said Craig Robinson, Department of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services supervisor for the city of Steamboat Springs. "There will be volunteers at each site pointing people in the right direction."

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