Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Crane Festival wraps up at 7 p.m. Wednesday

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The Yampa Valley Crane Festival culminates at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a free community talk and slideshow with Dr. George Archibald, an ornithologist and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, according to a news release. Speaking at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Archibald will talk about how greater sandhill cranes in the Rocky Mountains, black-necked cranes on Asia’s Tibetan Plateau and demoiselle cranes migrate. Archibald established the International Crane Foundation as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes using a combination of field research, help from people living near cranes, public education, habitat protection and captive propagation and reintroduction. In 1984, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the Genius Grant) for his work with cranes. More information is at www.coloradocranes.org.

CDOT finishes highway resurfacing on US 40

The Colorado Department of Transportation has finished its highway resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden, according to a news release. The work between mile markers 108 and 114 near Mount Harris Canyon began in June and ran two weeks behind schedule because of a delay in receiving supplies. The project included stripping the roadway, recycling existing materials and resurfacing the highway at a cost of $3.7 million, according to the release. Elam Construction and Paveover were the contractors.

Yampa River Botanic Park offers an illustration class

Yampa River Botanic Park offers a basic Botanical Illustration drawing class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 to 21 at the Trillium House. The three-day class will be led by artist Barbara Flowers and will cover using graphite and colored pencils. The cost is $250 for park members and $275 for nonmembers. Register to Mary at 720-226-8134.

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