Steamboat briefs: Steamboat's David Kelley attends Norwegian camp

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David Kelley, 16, of Steamboat Springs, attended the Norwegian Language Village Skogfjorden from June 25 to last Saturday in Bemidji, Minn.

Kelley, the son of Randy and Mary Kelley, is a rising senior at Steamboat Springs High School and has attended the camp for nine years to learn Norwegian. His camp participation has earned him two foreign-language credits at the high school, according to his father, Randy.

The camp, presented by Concordia College, is intended to simulate a visit to another country. Those who attend Skogfjorden are issued a passport, exchange currency and adopt a new name. Participants are immersed in the language and culture of another country through learning groups, authentic food, holiday celebrations, re-enactments of historic events, songs, dances, crafts, games and foreign-language conversations, according to a news release.

Randy Kelley said his son visited Oslo, Norway, in the spring and was able to speak Norwegian fluently.

Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse Project holds silent auction

A silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse Project is from Monday to 5 p.m. Aug. 13. The auction item is a painting of the Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse by Gregory Block. The painting can be purchased for $2,500 without bidding. Bids should be sent to admin@historicrouttcoounty.org along with the bidder’s name, address and phone number. To view the painting, call Historic Routt County at 970-875-1305 after bidding starts Monday.

Steamboat’s Tara Conlin graduates CU with honors

Tara Conlin, a 2008 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has graduated with honors from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also has been named to the dean’s list. Conlin received a Bachelor of Science in journalism with an advertising degree and a minor in technology, arts and media. After graduation, Conlin began working as a coordinating producer for Made Movement, a new advertising agency in Boulder that deals specifically with U.S.-made products. 

Free hunter education class in Yampa is Aug. 20 to 24

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife will host a free hunter education online conclusion course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Ladies Aid Hall in Yampa. Students must be at least 18 years old and must complete an approved online hunter education course prior to attending the conclusion course. Approved courses include the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) course (free), the www.hunter-ed.com course ($24.50) and the www.huntercourse.com course ($24.95).  

The Division of Parks and Wildlife also will host a free traditional hunter education course for all ages from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 to 24 at the Ladies Aid Hall in Yampa. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Preregistration is required for both courses by calling 970-870-2197 by 5 p.m. Aug. 17.

Canning demonstration at Saturday farmers market

A canning demonstration is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Mainstreet Farmers Market. Drop by the Routt County Extension kitchen in the Routt County Courthouse Annex to talk about food preservation with CSU-trained master food safety advisers. Bring canning recipes for advice about how to adjust them for altitude. Visitors will be invited to put on an apron and get some hands-on experience or take some donated canning jars to use at home. Call Karen at the Extension office for more information at 970-879-0825.

State public health director to visit VNA on Thursday

Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will be visiting the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Steamboat Springs office Thursday. Dr. Urbina and Department of Public Health and Environment staff are doing a statewide tour this summer including a trip to Granby, Steamboat Springs, Craig and Rifle. The statewide tour is an opportunity to meet with partners and stakeholders to discuss successes, challenges and solutions. Dr. Urbina is planning to visit with local public health agencies, hospitals, oil and gas operations, water treatment facilities and county commissioners. 

Season tickets on sale for the Symphony Orchestra

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra season tickets are now on sale. Full season tickets provide riser-row seating at Aug. 18, Dec. 1 or 2 and Feb. 10 performances and are priced at $150. Premium season tickets include those three performances as well as the Meet the Maestro event Aug. 19 for $240. Tickets can be purchased at the Depot Art Center, by calling 970-870-3223 or online at www.steamboatorchestra.org.

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