Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed to help clear snow off Divide Trail

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— A volunteer work day to help clear remaining snow drifts from the Continental Divide and Mountain View trails on the Routt National Forest is Saturday. A crew of 50 volunteers is needed to help clear the trail for the second annual Ride 4 Yellow to be held Sunday, Aug. 7. Ride 4 Yellow is a fundraiser for local and global cancer initiatives.

Volunteers should meet in the Meadows parking lot at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bring a dirt shovel (preferably with a metal blade), bug spray, work gloves, water, food and a rain jacket. For more information, email info@ride4yellow.com.

Gov. Hickenlooper to make stop in Hayden on Friday

Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit Hayden on Friday afternoon, his office reported Wednesday.

Hickenlooper is scheduled to visit Yampa Valley Feeds, 198 Lincoln Ave., at 3 p.m. during a Western Slope trip focused on economic development.

Yampa Valley Feeds is a family-owned business and a meeting place for community events in Hayden.

The governor will present “Colorado Blueprint: A bottom-up approach to economic development,” an outline of steps Hickenlooper plans to take the next few years to support economic development, according to the state’s website.

“We’ve heard about your priorities and needs and believe we have captured your concerns and identified meaningful work plans to keep Colorado moving forward,” the website states.

“The action items included have emerged … as appropriate and feasible ways for the state to assist in economic development on a local and regional level.”

Hickenlooper will make the same presentation Friday in Durango and Grand Junction.

Meeting is set to address new legislative redistricting

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission will present proposed boundary changes to House District 57 and Senate District 8 during a public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Redistricting is required after each decennial census to adjust House and Senate districts to reflect population changes. As it’s proposed, House District 57 would lose Grand and Jackson counties and gain the rest of Garfield County. House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, a Hot Sulphur Springs Republican, would lose the seat when his term expires in 2012 if the proposed changes are approved

The proposed redistricting changes to Senate District 8 would add Grand and Summit counties but lose Eagle County. Hayden Republican Jean White represents the district.

Volunteers are sought for Wine Festival at Steamboat

Volunteers still are needed for the 2011 Wine Festival at Steamboat to be held Aug. 4 to 6. The event benefits STARS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and training in recreational and competitive activities for people with disabilities.

There still is a need for volunteers to help with setup from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 and for the Grand Tasting from 2 to 7 p.m. In appreciation for the time commitment, each volunteer will be offered one free ticket to Friday evening’s stroll in downtown Steamboat. Visit www.steamboatwinefestival.com or email laurievp@springsips.com.

Wine, beer contest to be held at Routt County Fair

Local beer brewers and wine vintners are encouraged to bring their homemade product to the Routt County Fair Wine and Beer Contest. On Aug. 19, experts will be at the Exhibit Hall at the Routt County Fair judging the quality of homemade beer and wine. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons will be awarded in each division. Competitors are asked to bring one bottle of wine or two bottles for each beer entry. All entries must be dropped off at the Exhibit Hall in Hayden before judging at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.routtcountyfair.org.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion also is looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Veterans services, benefits offered at Sundance Plaza

Veterans can find out which services and benefits they are eligible for through the Routt County Veterans Affairs office, 425 Anglers Drive, in Sundance Plaza. Hours are from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Email mcondie@co.routt.co.us, or call 970-879-5489.

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