Steamboat briefs: Victim advocate volunteers sought; training set for fall

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Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is in need of victim advocate volunteers. A 25-hour training session is set for this fall. Call Heidi or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.

Forest Service reminds visitors of safety tips

The U.S. Forest Service reminds visitors to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest 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 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, 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 chain saw 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.

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

Apply for dance, technical production scholarship

Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for the Amy Flint Memorial Scholarship for Dance and Technical Production Training. The scholarship will be awarded to someone who never has danced but is looking for the opportunity to purse his or her dance dream or to someone looking to further his or her education in the field of technical production. To apply, visit www.steamboatdancetheatre.org and click on the “scholarship” tab.

Employment search tools available to area veterans

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing implementation of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the VA has developed a comprehensive toolkit for veterans and employers about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. Find more information about the programs and application procedures at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call the VA National Call Center at 1-800-827-1000. 

A new website also has been designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry. According to a news release, the site allows former members of the armed forces to enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to civilian jobs in five categories:  aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their backgrounds and search for jobs in their field. Learn more at www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.

Applications taken for Safe Routes to Schools funding

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for 2013 Safe Routes to School funding, according to a news release. Eligible applicants include schools, school districts, cities, counties, tribal entities, and any other local or regional government entity. Nonprofits may apply by partnering with any of the above entities. Applications are available at www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/safe-routes. The deadline is Dec. 7.

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