Steamboat Briefs: Fairgrounds in Routt close to horses because of virus

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— The Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden reported Tuesday that it was voluntarily closing its facilities to horses for two weeks as a preventative measure because of a recent outbreak of a potentially fatal equine herpes virus. The fairgrounds management is asking that no horses enter the grounds. There is no reason to think infected horses have been on the property, according to a news release, and a veterinarian reported earlier this week that no cases had been found in Routt County.

On Wednesday, Fairgrounds Manager Jill Delay said in an email that Jefferson County, The Ranch in Larimer County, Mesa County, Sky Ute, Ouray, Adams County and LaPlata County also have closed their facilities to horses to prevent spread of the virus.

Applications for historic property are due May 24

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due in the county commissioners’ office in the courthouse by May 24 and will be reviewed by the Routt County Historic Preservation Board at its June 8 meeting. Call Dee Bolton at 970-879-0108 for more information. Applications are available at www.co.routt.co.us

Art sale benefits children in North India and Bali

Balinese traditional art is on sale during May at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave. Proceeds benefit a nonprofit for disadvantaged children in North India and Bali, Smiles for the Children.

State roadless rule event is May 25 in Steamboat

A public meeting about the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule and its revised, draft environmental impact statement, or EIS, is from 6 to 8 p.m. May 25 at the U.S. Forest Service office, 925 Weiss Drive in Steamboat Springs. All are welcome. The proposed rule reflects the interests of thousands of people across Colorado; puts more than 500,000 acres into a higher category of protection than 2001 regulations; provides an updated inventory to protect high-quality backcountry areas with true roadless characteristics; removes existing ski areas from the roadless inventory; provides special protection for the headwaters of cutthroat trout streams; and provides flexibility for temporary road construction for fuels treatments and ecosystem restoration, to within half a mile of communities, according to a Forest Service news release.

The current public comment period ends July 14 and is the final opportunity for public input to the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule and the draft EIS. Review them at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/coroadlessrule.

The final roadless rule and EIS are expected to be signed late this year.

US Telemark association’s board seeking volunteers

The Board of Directors of the United States Telemark Ski Association is announcing several volunteer opportunities to help the nonprofit organization promote the sport of Telemark through educational clinics and sanctioned racing competitions. USTSA is seeking volunteers to help the Board of Directors in the areas of: development, outreach, fundraising, public relations, administration and event planning. No Telemark racing experience is required for interested applicants.

For more information and a complete description of the volunteer positions needed, visit www.ustsa.org or email info@ustsa.org. 

Humble Ranch volunteers needed for equine therapy

Volunteers are needed for the Equine-Assisted Therapy Programs this summer. Training is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday or 4 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the Humble Ranch Education & Therapy Center. RSVP to Pat at 970-879-3443 or pat@humbleranch.com. For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities, visit www.humbletherapy.org.

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