Steamboat briefs: West Lincoln Park pedestrian bridge to open Thursday

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— A ribbon cutting ceremony for the West Lincoln Park pedestrian bridge over the Yampa River is at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The majority of the work associated with the project was completed after Native Excavating crews installed the railings Wednesday, according to a news release. Native Excavating plans to return to the site in the spring to complete the concrete trails that lead to the bridge on both sides of the river.

The cost of the bridge was about $800,000, the majority of which was provided by Federal Highway Administration Enhancement grant dollars ($587,000) and Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund monies ($163,321), according to the release. A LiveWell Northwest Colorado grant also provided $15,000, and the city of Steamboat Springs paid $39,760 for the design of the bridge, according to the release.

Still time to drop off gifts at Toys for Tots locations

Toys for Tots drop-off locations include Alpiner Lodge, City Cafe, City Market, F.M. Light & Sons, K. Saari Gallery, Laurel Street Preschool, Safeway, Steamboat Lumber, Steamboat Motors, Steamboat Ski Area and Wildhorse Salon. The toy store will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ninth and Oak streets. If you are in need of help this year, contact Teri Wall at 970-879-6184 or teejay1309@yahoo.com.

Applications for summer special events are available

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for summer 2012 special event funding. The application deadline is Wednesday. For more information or an application, contact Sarah Leonard at Sarah@steamboatchamber.com or 970-875-7006.

Christmas tree recycling offered at Howelsen arena

Christmas trees can be recycled through the end of January in the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. All tinsel, lights, nails, decorations and ribbons must be removed. Wreaths will not be accepted. The resulting mulch is given to residents and used in city parks. For more information, call Ernie at 970-879-4300, ext. 325.

Integrated Community is seeking tutors for English

¿Quiere practicar su español? Integrated Community seeks English instructors for its in-home tutoring program. Interpersonal skills and reliability required. Students and retirees are welcome. Call Sheila at 970-620-1513 for more information.

LiveWell program to help families to improve health

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Laurel Street School seeks 2 new members for board

The Laurel Street School and Family Center, Steamboat’s oldest preschool, is seeking two new board members from the community. Meetings take place once per month during lunch. No experience is necessary other than a passion for children and learning. Information about the school is at www.laurelstreetschool.com. For more information, email Kim at laurel@springsips.com.

Historical Guide to Routt County now is available

The 2010 edition of the Historical Guide to Routt County is on sale at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. An index and maps assure easy access to brief descriptions of the mountains, mines, stage stops, trails and ghost towns that played such an important role in the county’s history. Proceeds from the sale of the book support preservation and education activities at the museum. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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