Steamboat briefs: Public school art programs get boost with fundraiser

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A local fundraiser for elementary and middle school art programs in Steamboat Springs netted more than $1,200 in November.

Beginning at November’s First Friday Artwalk, several Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat members donated works for a public drawing to benefit youth art programs. That drawing raised $869.

At the same time, more than 20 pieces of work by kindergarten through eighth-grade students were on display at Ciao Gelato accompanied by donation jars, which raised $411.20.

Steamboat Springs Middle School art teacher Susanmarie Oddo said the funds will offer a boost to elementary and middle school art programming, which has seen significant cuts in the past three years.

“These funds will help these art programs tremendously, and (teachers) have already begun purchasing materials ranging from paint to clay,” Oddo wrote in an email Tuesday. “Thanks to the amazing community and the outreach they have provided, we will finish our school years with a strong art curriculum that both reflects state standards and the high standards of our school district.”

Annual LIFT-UP board of directors meeting Dec. 14

The LIFT-UP of Routt County board of directors holds its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Lufkin LIFT-UP Center Conference Room. The meeting will include elections of board members and officers, committee appointments and final approval of a 2012 budget.

Routt County Fair advisory board seeks new members

The Routt County Fair advisory board is seeking two new members. The nine-member volunteer board is responsible for planning and implementing the annual Routt County Fair. The board meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at locations alternating between Hayden, Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs.

Residents can email letters of interest to jdelay@co.routt.co.us, fax them to 970-879-3992 or mail them to P.O. Box 773598, Steamboat Springs, CO 81639. Letters must be received by noon Tuesday.

BLM accepting protests for quarterly oil, gas lease sale

The next quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Colorado is Feb. 9, according to a Bureau of Land Management news release. Six parcels within the Little Snake Field Office (three in Moffat County and three in Routt County) are being offered as well as two geothermal parcels in Gunnison County. The deadline for submitting protests for the lease sale is 4 p.m. Monday. Protests should be sent to the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215.

Rollingstone Ranch given Audubon sanctuary status

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club has achieved designation as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International, according to a news release.

To reach environmental sanctuary status, a course must demonstrate environmental quality in areas including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management, according to the release.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized for our environmental stewardship,” Rollingstone course Superintendent John Haller said in the release.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf courses provides information for golf courses to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources, according to the release.

Extension Office is offering employee food safety class

A Spanish-language employee food safety training course is from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Routt County Courthouse annex. The cost is $30 per person and includes course materials and certificate. The registration deadline is Thursday.

Call the Routt County Extension Office at 970-879-0825 to register.

Preventing employee theft seminar offered Thursday

A seminar about preventing employee theft will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Smokehouse. The costs is $15 and includes lunch. The program will cover topics including preventative measures to reduce embezzlement and theft, online banking, computer security and how to follow up on suspected theft.

The seminar is offered as part of the monthly Success Steps program sponsored by Colorado Mountain College, SCORE and the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council. Call 970-870-4491 to register.

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