Steamboat briefs: United Way Day of Caring on Wednesday

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United Way Day of Caring on Wednesday

— Routt County United Way is coordinating the 13th annual Day of Caring from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The Ski Town Lions Club is providing lunch for all volunteers.

The Day of Caring provides an opportunity for people of all ages, throughout Routt County, to show they care by participating in a variety of projects that help local nonprofit groups, the elderly, disabled and less fortunate.

This year, about 150 volunteers are signed up to work on more than 40 local projects. Additionally, a food drive for the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Safeway and City Market. Also, the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is donating 10 percent of Wednesday proceeds to Routt County United Way.

There still is time to volunteer for Day of Caring projects. Call Routt County United Way at 879-5605 for more information.

Law enforcement starting 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Colorado Department of Transportation and other state and local law enforcement organizations to crack down on low seat belt use with a special enforcement mobilization effort, "Click It or Ticket," through May 31.

The effort is intended to increase seat belt use among drivers and passengers, and reduce fatalities.

Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation. "Click It or Ticket" enforcement focuses on speeding and aggressive drivers. Drivers who are stopped for a traffic violation and aren't using a seat belt will be ticketed.

"Research shows us that if people would just take two seconds to buckle up, it could help save their life," Steamboat police Sgt. Rich Brown said. "That's why we'll be out in force making sure that all passengers, in all vehicles, are buckled up."

Routt County hires new noxious weed supervisor

Routt County has hired Greg Brown to fill the position of weed supervisor. Brown previously raised sheep in North Routt County but sold his herd last month. Brown will oversee a crew of two sprayers and assist them in the field while managing existing problem weeds and eradicating certain noxious weeds.

"Now that the sun's out, the weeds are growing," Brown said. "The whitetops are a little ahead of last year."

Landowners are required by state law to manage designated weeds on their property. Colorado's weed law allows the county to spray and bill landowners who don't manage weeds on their property, but Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said the county's approach has been to focus on education and outreach rather than enforcement.

"My objective is to educate landowners because a lot of them just don't know," Brown said. Brown can be contacted at 870-5246.

Register by Thursday for summer beach volleyball

The registration deadline for the adult coed summer beach volleyball league is 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The season runs from early June through late August with games on Monday evenings. There are opportunities to join a team as an individual. Register at the city's Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services Office at 245 Howelsen Parkway, or download registration forms at www.steamboatsprings.net/rec. Call 879-4300 for more information.

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