Steamboat briefs: Deadline to register to vote in 2012 election is Tuesday

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Those who are not registered to vote can do so at www.govotecolorado.com if they have a Colorado driver’s license or ID card. People who don’t have the required forms of ID or don’t want to use the website can register at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday.

Reminding readers how to prevent frozen pipes

The Steamboat Springs Public Works Department is reminding readers how to prevent frozen pipes during cold weather:

■ Know the location of your water shut-off and test it regularly. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or the crawlspace where the water pipe enters the house.

■ Winterize unheated or vacant buildings to avoid property damage and water loss.

■ Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems in the past. Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with insulation.

■ During a deep freeze (minus 5 degrees or below), open cabinet doors that lead to exposed pipes (such as access doors for sinks), so that household air can warm pipes. Keep garage doors shut, and keep your thermostat set above 65 degrees.

■ If you think a pipe already has frozen, thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call a plumber for help. If you do it yourself, shut off the water and slowly thaw. A hair dryer trained at the frozen area of the pipe is appropriate. A blowtorch is not.

■ Water meters also need protection from cold temperatures. City water customers are responsible for maintaining their water meter and keeping it in working order. Prevent your water meter from freezing by checking heat tape.

Call the Steamboat Springs Utilities Division at 970-879-2060 for more information.

Mainstreet Steamboat in need of creative volunteers

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is in need of volunteers to help create programs and events that will benefit downtown businesses and the community. Volunteers are asked to work two to four hours per month. Specifically, volunteers are needed for the Promotion Committee, which plans special events, retail events and branding. Those who are interested are asked to call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800.

Library will waive overdue fees during Teen Read Week

As part of Teen Read Week, the Bud Werner Memorial Library will waive overdue fines for teens ages 13 to 18 who visit the library from Sunday to 20. Teen Read Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association. Call the library at 970-879-0240 or go to www.steamboatlibrary.org for more information.

Applications are available for Holidays in the Rockies

Applications are available for Holidays in the Rockies, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s annual artisan and craft fair. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Those interested in a booth space are asked to email info@steamboatspringsarts.com. The application deadline is Nov. 5.  

Live webcast of Bracken Bat Cave set for Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the U.S. Forest Service host a live webcast of the Bracken Bat Cave, the summer home of the world’s largest bat colony, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Library Hall. Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats live in the cave from March through October. Local bat expert and wildlife biologist Apple Snider will be present to share more information and answer questions. The event is part of the library’s Batober, which includes the return of Organization for Bat Conservation Director Rob Mies and interactive live bat encounter programs Oct. 21. More information is at www.steamboat

library.org/events.

Enrollment for Medicare Part D, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries are able to change plans during this time. Seniors should review their prescription drug plan and make sure it works with the prescriptions they are taking, said Betsy Packer, Routt County Council on Aging’s counselor and coordinator for the Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program.

Routt County open enrollment times are as follows:

■ Oct. 17: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College Bristol Hall

■ Nov. 7: 5 to 7 p.m. at Hayden Public Library

■ Nov. 14: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CMC Bristol Hall

■ Nov. 28: 5 to 7 p.m. at Hayden Public Library

■ For more information, call 970-819-6937 or 1-888-696-7213.

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