Steamboat briefs: Routt County Democratic Party caucuses to be held Tuesday

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The 2012 Routt County Democratic Party precinct caucuses are at 7 p.m. Tuesday at various locations across the county.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. The caucuses are an opportunity for registered Democrats to discuss the party platform, as well as candidates. Following are precinct caucus locations. Locations also can be found at http://pollingplaces.raiseyourvote.com.

■ Steamboat Springs precincts 3, 4, 6, 7 and 11 to 18: Colorado Mountain College gymnasium

■ West Routt precincts 2 and 5: Hayden Public Library

■ Oak Creek and Stagecoach precincts 8 and 9: Oak Creek Community Center

■ Yampa precinct 10: Yampa Town Hall

■ North Routt precinct 1: 27550 Seedhouse Road

For more information, call 970-870-2896.

Triathlon club at Old Town Hot Springs seeks coach

Old Town Hot Springs’ triathlon club is looking for a running coach. The club meets May 1 through Aug. 19 under the direction of Amy Charity. The running coach would plan practices approximately six hours per week and would structure practices to multiple levels of fitness. The coach would be paid $750 for the season and receive a one-year family membership to the hot springs. Call Aquatics Director Jill Ruppel at 970-879-1828, ext. 311.

Museum hosting three-day portrait painting workshop

The Steamboat Art Museum is sponsoring a three-day portrait painting workshop conducted by local artist Richard Galusha. The workshop runs Monday through Wednesday and costs $350. To register, call 970-870-1577 or email sam@steamboatartmuseum.org.

Solandt Memorial Hospital offers well-being services

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203. Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327. Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123. Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, M.A., by calling 970-213-5418.

Snowmobilers reminded of wilderness area restriction

Regional U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding snowmobilers that motorized equipment of any kind is illegal in wilderness areas. Each year, Forest Service and Colorado State Parks staff cite riders who illegally enter designated nonmotorized areas such as the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas. The minimum fine for snowmobilers caught riding in wilderness areas is $525 and can reach as much as $5,000 and six months in jail, according to a news release.

Other snowmobile regulations:

■ A free backcountry-use permit is required for all snowmobilers riding in the Buffalo Pass Winter Recreation Area.

■ Snowmobiles must stay on designated trails within the mixed use and commercial area in the Buffalo Pass Winter Recreation Area. For a map of the area, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

■ Snowmobiling is allowed only where 12 inches or more of snow is on the ground.

■ All snowmobiles must have a valid Colorado snowmobile registration.

■ Snowcats have the right of way on trails.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Twin Enviro offers compost program to city residents

The program is open to residential areas within Steamboat Springs city limits. Participants will receive a five-gallon bucket that can be collected weekly, semimonthly or monthly at a cost of $8 per bucket. Items accepted include soiled napkins and food waste including meat, bones, dairy, fruits, vegetables and more. To sign up, email your name, address and phone number to milner@twinenviro.com with the subject “food waste collection.”

VNA offers birth control, screenings for women

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Women’s Health Clinic is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings, pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat at 970-879-1632 or in Craig at 970-824-8233.

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