Steamboat briefs: Photography workshop for iPhone offered Thursday

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An iPhone photography workshop is being offered by Karen Schulman from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. The class, which costs $15, covers methods to capture an image and process it on your iPhone using a variety of inexpensive applications. Reserve a space by calling 970-879-6830 or emailing otbpbooks@gmail.com. For more information, contact Schulman at 970-879-2244 or karen@focusadventures.com.

Kindergarten registration is open until 2 p.m. Friday

Kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school year is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools. Bring your child’s birth certificate or passport; immunization records; proof of residence in the form of a utility bill, property tax receipt or lease agreement; and a current photo of your child. A deposit of $200 is required for the full-day kindergarten program.

Xcel Energy earns highest award from Energy Star

Xcel Energy has earned Energy Star’s highest honor, the Sustained Excellence Award, for continued leadership in delivering energy efficiency to its customers, according to a news release. The award was presented Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Energy Star was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency, according to the release.

This is the third year Xcel has been recognized by the program. In 2009 and 2011, Xcel Energy won Partner of the Year.

US Forest Service reminds visitors about safety tips

As spring weather draws outdoor enthusiasts to low elevation areas that are starting to become snow-free, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest visitor about a few items for their safety and the protection of resources.

Protect yourself from falling trees:

■ Be aware of your surroundings and avoid dense patches of dead trees that can fall without warning.

■ Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you are already in the forest when winds pick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.

■ Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if a tree falls.

■ When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall across the road, you may be trapped.

■ Bring an ax or chainsaw to remove fallen trees from roads in case you become trapped.

■ Do not rely on cellphones for safety as there is no coverage in many areas.

Motor vehicle users should be aware of the following:

■ Motor vehicles of all types must remain on designated roads and trails. Refer to Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps for roads and trails that are designated open to motor vehicle travel. Violations start at $75 and can increase significantly if resource damage occurs as a result of an infraction.

■ Some roads still may be impassable because of snow drifts, waterlogged roadbeds, down trees or other debris. Motor vehicle users should resist the temptation to travel off roads and trails or through wet areas. This causes rutting and other damage to these routes and ultimately harms natural resources, including water quality as well as fish and wildlife habitat. 

■ Some roads are closed in the spring to minimize disturbance to known elk calving areas.

■ If visitors encounter water flowing across a road or a washed out section, they should note the location, turn around and report it to the local Forest Service office as soon as possible.

For more information, contact your local Forest Service office or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

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