Steamboat Briefs: Colorado Mountain College spring commencement set

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Spring commencement ceremonies for Colorado Mountain College students in Steamboat Springs will take place at 11 a.m. May 4 in the Priest Creek Ballroom at The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

In addition to associate degrees, this year’s ceremony will feature the inaugural graduating class to receive bachelor’s degrees. The keynote speaker is Dr. John White, the deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach for the U.S. Department of Education.

A reception will follow the ceremony in the community dining center at CMC.

Royce earns promotion at Colorado Mountain College

Lindsey Royce, an associate professor at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, has been promoted to full professor, according to a news release.

Royce has taught literature and creative writing courses as a full-time faculty member since 2007. Royce has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from La Salle College, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Brooklyn College, a Master of Arts in English and American literature studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, according to the release.

Boys and Girls Club seeking donations for activities

The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado is seeking donations of the following items: a sturdy pingpong table, baseball/softball mitts for youths ages 6 to 13, XBOX 360 and Wii game systems with games and small Legos. Donations can be made from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the club, 325 Seventh St., or by calling 970-871-3160.

Volunteers needed for Community Cleanup Day

Volunteers are needed for the Community Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 in Steamboat Springs. Those who would like to participate can register by contacting Routt County Environmental Health at 970-870-5588 or hsavalox@co.routt.co.us.

Steamboat Wine Festival Stroll tickets available

Tickets for the Steamboat Wine Festival Stroll of Steamboat are $80 and are available at www.steamboatwinefestival.com. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and will visit Sweetwater Grill, Creekside Cafe and Grill, Cottonwood Grill, Mangelsen Images of Nature, Cantina Mexican Restaurant, the Chief Theater and 5th Street Deli & Bar. For more information, contact Christa Graff at christa@graffpr.com or 435-640-7921.

Ranching legacy program scholarships being offered

Shell Oil Co. is offering to residents of Moffat and Routt counties scholarships for the Colorado Ranching Legacy Program, which is designed to educate beginning ranchers, ranch workers who want to become ranch owners and established ranchers who want to be more effective managers, according to a news release.

The program will cover reproduction and genetics, plant identification, range conditions and grazing strategies, wildlife management, evaluation of cow body condition scores, decision support tools to evaluate management and marketing alternatives, unit cost of production, financial management and developing a business plan, according to the release.

Five two-day practicums will take place in late May, late June, mid-September, mid-January and mid-February across western Colorado. The registration fee is $600 per person or $900 for two participants from the same ranch. The fee includes educational materials and lunches.

For more information about the program that is provided by Colorado State University and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, contact CSU Extension Specialist Dr. Jack Whittier at 970-491-6233 or jack.whittier@colostate.edu, or CCA Director of Industry Programs Devin Murnin at 303-431-6422 or devin@coloradocattle.org. Download an application at www.coloradocattle.org/ranchinglegacyprogram.aspx. Enrollment is limited to 20 applicants, and registration is due May 1.

Residents reminded about forest snow removal rules

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding residents that unauthorized snow removal in national forests is illegal and could lead to fines, according to a news release.

Recently, Forest Road 351 in the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow National Forest was plowed and has resulted in the temporary closure of the road to motorized wheeled vehicles. The responsible party has been cited, according to the release.

Snow removal or maintenance on a national forest road requires a permit and an agreement of liability for damages that occur as a result of snow removal activities or resulting traffic on the road.

In recent years, the illegal plowing of Forest Service roads, including an incident in North Routt County near Clark, has caused damage and delayed openings and use of roads by as many as three weeks.

For more information, call 307-745-2300, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

VNA offers birth control, screenings for women

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Women’s Health Clinic is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings, pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat at 970-879-1632 or in Craig at 970-824-8233.

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