Steamboat briefs: Hayden High School class hosts barbecue fundraiser

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— The Hayden High School honors English class is hosting a barbecue tonight to benefit Operation Smile, an international organization that works to treat facial deformities in children.

The barbecue will be at 5:30 p.m. at Dry Creek Park, 513 S. Poplar St. There will be food, games and activities. The cost is $5 for students, $10 for adults and $25 for families. For more information, email high school English teacher Sonia Salberg at ssalberg@haydenschools.org.

Ski Corp. lift mechanic released from hospital

A Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. lift mechanic has been released from Yampa Valley Medical Center after falling about 20 feet while working on the Sunshine Express chairlift Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area.

Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said two lift mechanics were doing routine tower maintenance at about 3 p.m. when something caused their work chair to fall.

One of the mechanics was not injured. The other was taken to the hospital at about 4 p.m. and released at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Both individuals will be fine, but as you can imagine sore from the fall,” Lane wrote in an email.

The incident is under investigation.

The ski area closed for the season April 10.

VNA offers immunizations for free to young children

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free immunizations for children younger than 2 from Saturday through April 30 for National Infant Immunization Week. Call to make an appointment and receive a free book with every visit, compliments of Reach Out and Read. Bring the child’s immunization record. In Routt County, call 970-879-1632, and in Moffat County, call 970-824-8233.

Paving program will start during May in Steamboat

The 2011 paving program for the city of Steamboat Springs will begin on about May 16, weather permitting, and should take two to three weeks. These streets are part of the paving program:

■ Ninth Street from Oak Street to Pine Street

■ Seventh Street from Lincoln Avenue to Yampa Street

■ Meadow Lane from Whistler Road to Whistler Park

■ Val d’Isere Circle from Alpenglow Way to Ski Trail Lane

■ Storm Meadows Drive from Burgess Creek Road to end

■ Fifth Street from Oak Street to Pine Street

■ Fifth Street from the bridge to Howelsen Parkway

■ Hilltop Parkway from Tamarack Drive to U.S. Highway 40

■ Steamboat Boulevard in various places

■ Fifth Street from Brent Romick Rodeo Arena grounds to stables

■ Columbine drive from Walton Creek Road to end

■ Old Fish Creek Falls Road from Lincoln Avenue to end

■ Alley from Sixth Street to Short Street

■ Fish Creek Falls Road behind the post office

Call Doug Marsh or Ron Berig at 970-879-1807 with questions.

VNA encourages youths to get a meningitis vaccine

World Meningitis Day is Sunday. One dose of the Meningococcal vaccine is recommended at age 11 or 12 years, or at 13 to 18 years if not previously vaccinated. A booster dose also is recommended at age 16 for adolescents who received their first dose at the preteen visit. Those who received their initial dose at ages 13 to 15 should get a booster dose five years after that first dose, especially all those entering college for the first time. Vaccinations for children younger than 19 are $14 or less. For more information or to schedule an appointment for vaccination, call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632 or 970-824-8233.

Community college will offer Brown’s Park class

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a three-lecture class with an field trip called The History of Brown’s Park with Tim Frentress. Students will study petroglyphs, stage stations, cattle outfits and more from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Hayden Public Library. The field trip is at 8 a.m. April 30. The cost is $80. Call Lindsay at 970-276-7291.

County Republican Party leaders elect new officers

Steamboat Springs resident Chuck McConnell is the new chairman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee, which elected new officers at its meeting this month. McConnell has been an outspoken advocate for the Republican Party in recent years, speaking at candidate forums and events, including the April 15 Tax Day Freedom Rally hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots in Craig.

He replaces outgoing chairman Jack Taylor, of Steamboat Springs, who spent 16 years in the state Legislature.

South Routt County resident Dick Klumker, who ran unsuccessfully for Routt County assessor in 2006, is one of the committee’s three new vice-chairmen. Other vice-chairmen are former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Kevin Kaminski and Doug Kiesau, of Hayden.

Heather DeVos is the committee’s secretary and Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland is the treasurer. Lisa Watts is the assistant secretary.

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