Steamboat briefs: Luncheon this week benefits Tasaru Girls School Fund

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A luncheon to benefit the Tasaru Girls School Fund is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Trillium House at Yampa River Botanic Park. There is a suggested donation of $20, and all proceeds provide college and university assistance to Maasai girls in Kenya who have been rescued from female genital mutilation and child marriage. For more information or to reserve a table, call Laurie Edwards at 970-819-6316.

Routt County Republicans hosts Speaker of the House

The Routt County Republicans will host Colorado Speaker of the House Frank McNulty and other state representatives at the grand opening of its new campaign headquarters, 942 Oak St. The event is at 1 p.m. today. Call Dave Moloney at 970-846-5050.

Part of C.R. 33 to be closed through Friday

Routt County Road 33 will be closed at mile marker 4 from today to Friday for culvert replacement. Call the Routt County Road and Bridge Department at 970-879-0831.

Officials urge residents to update their disaster plans

The Routt County Office of Emergency Management would like to remind readers that September is National Preparedness Month. Local, state and federal emergency management officials urge residents to take the opportunity to update their disaster plans.

“Being ready when disaster strikes should be a top priority for everyone,” Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said in a news release. “Being prepared could save your life, business and property.”

Residents should prepare an emergency kit, make a plan and be informed about emergencies that can happen in the community and the appropriate ways to respond. Find tools to prepare for any emergency by visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign website at www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov.

Group recruiting volunteers to be advocates in court

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is recruiting volunteers to become advocates in court for abused and neglected children in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. Training begins in October, and applications are available online at www.nwrmcasa.org. Advocates provide abused children a voice in court and assist in ensuring all children are placed in a safe, permanent home and that their social, emotional, educational and medical needs are met. Volunteers are required to complete 32 hours of training and must complete an application and interview. For more information about the program, visit the website or call 970-819-6233.

Hunters have chance for private property hunt

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property elk and mule deer hunts beginning Nov. 3, according to a news release.

Interested hunters must submit a application by 5 p.m. Oct. 10 to Colorado Parks and Wildlife — Meeker Office, Attn: Bailey Franklin/Special Miller Creek Ranch Hunts, P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641. The application can be found at www.parks.state.co.us/SiteCollectionImages/parks/Misc/MeekerHuntApplication.pdf.

Nine hunts will be available to hunters who already have drawn limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management Unit 23 during the 2012 big game hunting seasons. In addition, one public bull elk hunt will be available to any big game hunter who plans to purchase an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle season in 2012.

Utilities Department starts work in West Lincoln Park

The Steamboat Springs Utilities Department, which is contracting with Duckels Construction, has begun work to replace about 1,000 feet of sewer interceptor in West Lincoln Park, according to a news release. Partial closure of 13th Street will be necessary in October. The Bud Werner Memorial Library and Yampa River Core Trail will remain open during construction, which is expected to be complete the first week of November. For more information, call Project Manager Ben Beall at 970-871-8293.

Cultural integration group is in need of volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community, and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

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