Steamboat briefs: Some businesses will close for the holidays this week

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Holiday closures:

■ The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for the holidays from Sunday to Wednesday. The museum will reopen Thursday with normal business hours, which are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum also will be closed New Year’s Day.

■ Routt County offices will be closing at noon Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. Offices will reopen with regular business hours Wednesday.

■ The Hayden Public Library will close at 2 p.m. Monday and reopen Wednesday. The library also will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and reopen Jan. 2.

■ Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus will be closed for winter break through New Year’s Day.

■ The Steamboat post office will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will remain open during normal business hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Wild West Relay registration now open for 2013 race

Registration recently opened for the 10th annual Wild West Relay, an annual event that sends teams of runners from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. The event is set for Aug. 2 and 3. The race has two categories of teams — those with four to six runners and those with seven to 12 runners.

The 200-mile race is self-supported. The cost to register rises throughout 2013. Registration for a 12-person team currently costs $1,175, and a six-person team costs $680. A final option, for groups with one to three runners, costs $145 per person. High school teams, meanwhile, can register for $330. The deadline for early registration is Feb. 28.

Visit www.rltrelays.com to register or for more information.

Board of Realtors seeks volunteers, food donations

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is in need of volunteers and food donations for its annual Community Christmas Dinner, which is from 2 to 6 p.m. Christmas Day at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Those interested in helping are asked to call Niffy at 970-846-6293 or visit www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0844AEA923A75-2012.

Gastrointestinal illness is reported by Public Health

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting widespread gastrointestinal illness (norovirus) throughout Colorado, including in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools and child care centers, according to a news release. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping; typically last one to three days; and can cause dehydration.

To reduce the spread of illness, the department has recommended the following:

■ Keep children home from school or child care for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

■ Don’t prepare food for others if you are ill or it has been less than 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

■ Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before preparing or eating food or touching your mouth.

■ Help your child learn how to properly wash hands.

■ Don’t share food or drinks with other people while sick or if others have been sick.

■ Flush vomit or putting it in a toilet or trashcan and making sure the surrounding area is kept clean and disinfected.

■ Immediately clean any surfaces near where someone has vomited or had diarrhea and disinfect the surfaces using a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water.

More information about norovirus can be found at www.cdc.gov/norovirus.

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