Steamboat briefs: Minor accidents Saturday involve 5 vehicles

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— Five vehicles were involved in two crashes Sat­urday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40.

The two crashes involved vehicles rear-ending one another in the westbound lanes of U.S. 40 near 13th Street at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said. A car and a sport utility vehicle were involved in one crash; a car, a truck and another car were involved in a related crash behind the first, Elliott said.

All the cars had minor damage, and no one was injured, Elliott said. The crashes happened because drivers were following too closely on icy roads, he said.

“The roads were icy. … All the slush that had been melting during the day had just frozen. … The drivers need to pay attention and give themselves greater following distance,” Elliott said. The left lane of westbound U.S. 40 was closed for about 10 minutes, he said.

Library Shakespeare group to read ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts “Romeo and Juliet, Here and Now,” a free Shakespeare reading group that runs six consecutive Wednesdays, from Feb. 3 to March 16. “Romeo and Juliet” was written more than 400 years ago and set in the small Italian town of Verona, yet it continues to speak with power to people across the world. It is a compelling story of young love, impulsive teenagers and ineffectual adults who try to help them. It is about deep-seated biases in a small town. And it is Shakespeare in his poetic prime. Led by veteran English teacher Sally Frostic, this group is limited to 15 participants who want to enjoy the play again or for the very first time. The workshop is designed to stimulate enjoyment and discussion and be attuned to group’s needs and interests. The library will provide copies of the book to loan to all participants. Contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at 879-0240, ext. 317 or jlay@steamboatlibrary.org to sign up or get more information.

Partners in Parenting course begins Jan. 11

A five-week Partners in Parenting course will run Mondays starting Jan. 11. Kristen Race will host the class. She has a doctorate in child, family and school psychology. The class includes child care with drop-off from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., and the class from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. It will be at the Routt County Commisssioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the historic Routt County Courthouse at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Topics include effective discipline strategies, strengthening the child’s self-esteem, developing effective communication skills and more.

The cost is $50 per family, which covers child care and dinner for the family. Scholarships are available. To register or with questions, contact Stephanie Martin at 870-5270 or smartin@co.routt.us.

Over The Hill Gang offers daily ski tours

Steamboat’s Over The Hill Gang offers free guided skiing for the older than 50 years old skiers seven days a week. The group meets at 9 a.m. at the chuckwagon across from the gondola, ready to ski. The group skis primarily groomed blues and blacks with a break at 10:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m. and more skiing at 12:30 p.m. Meet the locals, learn new trails and lifts and have fun.

Respite Program care providers are needed

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is seeking care providers for its Respite Program. Respite Program care providers are made available to families of children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, for hire to help as needed. Care providers also can participate in programs such as Kid’s Night Out.

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is looking for individuals that have experience with children of special needs. CPR and first aid certifications can be provided if not certified. An hourly rate is provided to all caregivers. Call Kristin at 970-870-4263 or e-mail kristinpiro@gmail.com.

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