Steamboat briefs: HistoriCorps is in need of volunteers starting July 30

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HistoriCorps, a volunteer workforce that works to complete preservation projects, is in need of volunteers for a project July 30 to Aug. 3 at Knowles Cabin outside of Steamboat Springs on Routt National Forest land. Camping, meals, tools and safety equipment are provided by HistoriCorps, and no previous experience is necessary. In order to stabilize the 1980s cabin, volunteers will remove collapsed roof and roof structure, disassemble and stabilize the walls, remove overgrowth and underbrush along the foundation, establish drainage along the sides of the cabin, and repair or consolidate rotted sections of the logs. Those who are interested are asked to contact Amy Eller at 303-893-4260, ext. 225, or aeller@historicorps.org.

Water tour is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday

A Steamboat to Stagecoach Reservoir water tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Topics include what local agriculture producers are doing without water, how wildlife and fire are coping, the role of the water districts, a look at Walton Creek and Stagecoach Reservoir, and the administration of water. The cost is $20 for Community Agriculture Alliance members and $25 for nonmembers. The fee includes transportation and a light dinner. Reservations are required by Monday to 970-879-4370.

Group encourages parents to talk about teen drinking

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a partner in the statewide Speak Now campaign, is encouraging Routt County parents to bring up the important topic of teen drinking during time spent with their teens this summer.

About 28 percent of Routt County teens ages 12 to 17 reported using alcohol during the past month, according to 2010 data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, according to a news release. Research suggests that parents are the most effective deterrents to teen drinking and that youths who have frequent discussions about alcohol with their parents are less likely to drink.

Parents also can visit the Grand Futures website at www.grandfutures.org or connect the Speak Now campaign at www.speaknowcolorado.org. Speak Now provides resources including summaries of Colorado’s underage drinking laws, statewide statistics and testimonial videos from parents and law enforcement. Much of the website’s content also is available in Spanish at www.hableahoracolorado.org.

Defensive driving course is scheduled for Tuesday

Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors who wish to purchase an on-campus parking permit or apply for open-campus privileges at the high school during the 2012-13 school year must attend and complete the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course. The next class is from 1 to 5:30 p.m. today at the high school. Students can register and pay the $39 class fee at www.coloradosafedriver.com or contact instructor Dennis Hensen at dhensen@sssd.k12.co.us.

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