Steamboat briefs: Some businesses are closed for the holidays this week

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Holiday closures:

■ The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for the holidays through 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 Monday through Christmas Day. Offices will reopen with regular business hours Wednesday.

■ The Hayden Public Library will close at 2 p.m. today 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 today and on New Year’s Eve.

Emergency Management gives winter driving tips

Winter driving tips from the Routt County Office of Emergency Management:

■ Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.

■ Check your tires. Fit your car with snow tires or carry chains.

■ Four-wheel drive can’t overcome ice and insufficient stopping distance. Drive slowly and leave space between the car in front of you.

■ If you have an accident, move your vehicle to a safe spot if you are able and call 911. If the vehicle must remain in the road, turn on your hazards, stay in your car and use a cone to warn traffic.

■ Carry an emergency kit in your car with blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit, nonperishable snacks, water, extra clothing, sand and a shovel.

Call the Routt County Office of Emergency Management at 970-870-5551 or the Routt County Sheriff’s Office at 970-879-1090 with any questions.

Youths can pay off library fines with food donations

During December, youths ages 17 and younger can pay off their book fines by participating in Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines Program. For every can or box of food brought to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $1 of overdue fines.

The following items will count toward $2 in waived fines: canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, pasta sauce and healthy cereal (no high-fructose corn syrup). All food will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org for more information.

Sock it to Me drawing for teens is through December

The Sock it to Me holiday stocking drawing for teens in sixth grade and older is ongoing through December at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Win a fantasy- or drama-themed stocking full of books, movies and more. Teens will receive a ticket for the drawing each time they check something out. The drawing will be Jan. 7.

Special eventing funding applications due Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for summer 2013 special event funding. The application deadline is Wednesday. Applications can be found at www.steamboatchamber.com/funding or by contacting Sarah Leonard at sarah@steamboatchamber.com or 970-875-7006.

Food donations collected at Oak Creek bank this month

First National Bank of the Rockies in Oak Creek has teamed up with LIFT-UP Food Bank to collect nonperishable food items throughout December. Drop off donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 319 E. Main St.

Portion of Spring Creek Trail closed until April 15

A large portion of the Spring Creek Trail has been closed to public access as part of the annual seasonal wildlife closure. The seasonal closure is done in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to provide winter habitat for the local elk herd. The trail will remain closed until April 15. The closure begins about 1 1/2 miles up the trail from Amethyst Drive, and access is blocked by a gate. For more information about wildlife closures, call area wildlife manager Jim Haskins at 970-871-2842.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

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.

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