Steamboat briefs: Resurfacing work planned for Monday in Milner area

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on a $3.7 million highway resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden between mile markers 108 and 114.

Crews will be working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and there will be some work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Drivers should expect wait times of as long as 20 minutes during construction hours and are asked to plan for delays.

Resurfacing work also is planned for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at mile marker 121 on U.S. 40 at Milner. Drivers should expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes in the work zone.

South Routt residents also should expect 10-minute delays between mile markers 55 and 58 near the entrance to Oak Creek Canyon, where there will be one-lane alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. CDOT crews are working on a project that began in summer 2011 to straighten out curves, flatten hills, widen shoulders and remove some terrain features that obstruct drivers’ vision. The $12.1 million project is scheduled for completion in November.

Library will present Math with a Twist program Monday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Math with a Twist, a three-day problem solving course for children. The class, which starts Monday and ends Wednesday, is for children in fourth through seventh grades and is taught by Kerry Kerrigan and Robin Bush. The program takes place in the Teen Project Room each day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for fourth- and fifth-graders and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for sixth- and seventh-graders. The $100 cost includes a Rubik’s Cube and snacks. Sign up at the Kids’ Desk or by calling 970-879-0240, ext. 313. Each session is limited to the first 15 children. For more information, contact Kerry at kerryktg@yahoo.com or 970-819-6305.

Former state senator joins law firm with local office

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Kenneth Chlouber

Former state Sen. Kenneth Chlouber, of Leadville, has joined The Akin Law Firm as its director of governmental affairs, according to a news release.

“I have worked with Ken for many years and in many capacities, and he is the best problem-solver I know,” said Rick Akin, president and founder of the Akin Law Firm, which maintains offices in Austin, Texas; Denver; and Steamboat Springs.

Chlouber served in the Colorado Senate from 1996 to 2004 and in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1986 to 1996. Chlouber also is the founder of The Leadville Trail 100 and is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete. He has finished The Leadville Trail 100 14 times and is a member of the Colorado Running Hall of Fame and the American Pack Burro Racing Hall of Fame.

VNA issues reminder about benefits of breastfeeding

As part of National Breastfeeding Week, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding readers that breastfeeding makes a child less likely to develop certain health problems, including childhood obesity.

Colorado ranks first in the nation for mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of their lives, according to a nationwide breastfeeding report card recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While Colorado is the leanest state in the nation for adults, the state ranks 29th in childhood obesity. One in five Colorado adults and one in seven Colorado children are obese. One of the strategies to reduce those rates is encouraging breastfeeding. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, infants who never are breastfed are 32 percent more likely to become obese during childhood than those who are breastfed.

Leftover big-game hunting licenses available Aug. 14

Thousands of big-game hunting licenses that did not sell during the license application and draw process will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 at Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide, according to a news release.

About 34,000 elk licenses, 6,300 deer licenses, 6,300 pronghorn licenses, more than 900 bear licenses and 120 turkey licenses are available, according to the release.

A complete list of leftover licenses is available here (PDF). Hunters should check the current list to make sure that the licenses they are seeking will be available. Once license sales begin, the online list will be updated every 15 minutes.

Hunters planning to purchase a leftover license should come prepared with their driver’s license, hunter education card and Social Security number.

Parks and Wildlife warns about wildlife encounters

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is reminding readers that participating in summer activities can mean increased encounters with wildlife, including snakes.  

Colorado has 28 snake species but only three are venomous:

■ Massasauga, found on the southeast plains below 5,500 feet.

■ Midget faded rattlesnake, found in western-central Colorado.

■ Prairie rattlesnake, found throughout the state at elevations below 9,500 feet.

“Most people rarely encounter rattlesnakes, but they are out there,” Parks and Wildlife reptile specialist Tina Jackson said. “They are interesting to watch. They are beautiful creatures. But you need to be careful.”

The most distinguishing characteristic of a rattlesnake is the rattle at the end of the tail, but sometimes, that can be misleading. For example, bull snakes try to mimic rattlesnakes by shaking their tail and hissing. Mature bull snakes can grow much larger than rattlesnakes, and while they are not poisonous, their bite is very powerful and painful.

“If you run into a snake, as with any wildlife, give it room. Don’t try to pick it up. Don’t try to make it move. Don’t try to kill it,” she said. “In most cases, the snake is not going to bother you.”

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