Steamboat briefs: Charter school barbecue, fundraiser is on Saturday

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The North Routt Community Charter School barbecue and fundraiser is from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. The annual event includes food, games, wagon and pony rides, a silent auction and live music by Pouder Canyon Pickers. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at the Clark Store, and proceeds benefit the charter school.

51 cases of West Nile Virus reported in state

As of Sept. 7, 51 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, an increase compared with 2011, when there were seven cases, according to a news release.

State public health veterinarian Elisabeth Lawaczeck advises people to continue to take precautions against West Nile virus by wearing insect repellent, draining standing water and using other methods to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors.

West Nile Virus is carried by certain birds and transmitted to people by bites from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

Precautions to take against West Nile virus include:

■ Drain standing water around the house weekly because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles can occur.

■ Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

■ DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.

■ Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Find more information at www.fightthebitecolorado.com.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact Jill Lindstrom at 970-879-2214 or storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

Community blood drive at hospital is set for Sept. 20

A community blood drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Schedule an appointment by calling Bonfils Appointment Center at 1-800-365-0006, option 2, or sign up at www.bonfils.org using site code 0234. Walk-ins are welcome from 3 to 5:30 p.m. as space permits. Eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood.

Newborn Network offering resources for Routt families

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

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