Steamboat briefs: Steamboat grad Covillo earns master’s degree

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Keaton James Covillo, a 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, earned a master’s in musical theater vocal performance and Advanced Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy on May 15 from the NYU Steinhardt School of Music. Covillo is the son of Larry and Karen Covillo, of Steamboat Springs.

Whitetop weed spraying will take place this week

The city of Steamboat Springs has hired a private contractor to spray the noxious whitetop weed in city rights of way through Monday, weather permitting. According to a news release from the city, a harmless blue dye will be used to identify areas that have been sprayed. The dye will disappear after a day or two. Children and pets should stay out of sprayed areas until the herbicide has dried, usually only one or two hours after it has been applied. However, for precautionary reasons it is recommended that children and pets be kept from those areas for 24 hours. For more information, call Doug Marsh or Ron Berig at 970-879-1807.

Youth Services Coalition seeks volunteer architect

The Routt County Youth Services Coalition is seeking a volunteer architect/engineer to assist with design specs. Email Marty Schad at marty@rockymountainyouthcorps.com for details.

Workday on Rotary Trail is set for 9 a.m. Saturday

A Routt County Riders trail workday is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on Rotary Trail in celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.

Tools will be provided, and volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a backpack, sunscreen, a hat and water. After the work session, volunteers can enjoy lunch provided by a local restaurant and beverages donated by New Belgium Brewing Co. at 1 p.m. RSVP to trails@routtcountyriders.org or by calling Aryeh Copa at 970-846-5363.

Volunteers should meet at the Cow Creek Trailhead at 9 a.m. To get to the trailhead from Steamboat Springs, head west on Routt County Road 33 (Twentymile Road) for seven miles, turn left onto C.R. 45 (Cow Creek Road) and look for the parking area one mile on the left.

The trail workday is planned in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management and the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.

According to the American Hiking Society, 330,000 participants across the country

volunteered 188,833 hours — $4 million worth of labor — at 2,063 events during last year’s National Trails Day. For more information about National Trails Day, visit www.americanhiking.org/National-Trails-Day.

Grand Futures Prevention warns 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, the news release stated. Statewide and national 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 with the Speak Now campaign at www.speaknowcolorado.org. Speak Now provides resources including summaries of Colorado’s underage drinking laws, statewide statistics, testimonial videos from parents and law enforcement and effective ways to talk about alcohol and drugs. Much of the website’s content also is available in Spanish at www.hableahoracolorado.org.

CSU Alumni Association to hold celebration July 7

The CSU Alumni Association hosts an evening of celebration with fellow alumni, parents, students and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. July 7 at Rex’s American Grill & Bar. The featured speaker is Dr. Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences. The cost is free for Alumni Association annual members, free for lifetime members and a guest, $10 for nonmembers and includes appetizers. Register by June 29 by calling 1-800-286-2586.

Class on writing a book starts Monday at college

A class about writing a successful book starts from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer, the author of five published books, will teach the course, which meets for one month and costs $50. Topics covered include how to organize a book, develop a style, approach agents and publishing houses, market a book and publish and sell on the Internet. Register for English 901/66061 at www.coloradomtn.edu or by calling 970-870-4444.

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