Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect that the Citizens Supporting Property Rights group is not affiliated with the tea party.
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner attended a barbecue thrown by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots on Thursday in Craig. Another event was hosted by the Citizens Supporting Property Rights group in Routt County, which is not affiliated with the tea party.
During the Moffat County event, Baumgardner asked for support in his upcoming campaign for the U.S. Senate. He also touched on issues he said were pertinent to rural Colorado.
For any one conservative to be effective, more conservatives need to be elected into office, he said.
“People have come to me and said, ‘You didn’t work hard enough,’” Baumgardner said. “But with 20 Democrats and 15 Republicans in the Senate and 37 Democrats and 28 Republicans in the House, how do you expect us to stop it? They own the governor’s mansion. They have all three branches.”
Baumgardner said he would be a better U.S. senator than Sen. Mark Udall because he could represent the needs of rural Colorado.
“You need somebody from the Western Slope who knows what it takes over here,” he said.
Energy is a crucial part of western Colorado’s economy, Baumgardner said.
“I’m not against renewable energy — I want all of it — but you can’t just shut down conventional energy,” he said. “I’ve always protected the mining industry and always will.”
Dog Fancy gives Steamboat the title of Dog Town USA
Steamboat Springs was named Dog Town USA for 2013 by Dog Fancy magazine, according to a news release.
The annual award was given based on criteria including the presence of dog-friendly activities, restaurants, businesses, dog parks, medical specialists and pro-dog legislation, according to the release.
“Famous as an international ski resort, Steamboat Springs is a mile-high mecca for dogs and their owners, embracing a love for canines in daily life and activities year-round,’’ Dog Fancy Editor Ernie Slone said in the release.
An award ceremony is at 11 a.m. today at Rita Valentine Park. As part of the award, Steamboat will be profiled in the September issue of Dog Fancy.
Pro Challenge informational meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday
The community is invited to attend a USA Pro Challenge informational meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in Centennial Hall. Steamboat Springs will host a stage stop Aug. 21 and a stage start Aug. 22 for the annual professional cycling race.
At the meeting, law enforcement officials as well as community and business representatives will discuss road closures, detours and events related to the Bike Week schedule.
Find more information at www.steamboatprocycling.com.
Volunteers still are needed for Mount Werner Classic
Volunteers still are needed for the Mount Werner Classic 50K trail run today at Steamboat Ski Area. The race starts at 7 a.m. Volunteers are needed to man the finish line from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and medically trained professionals are needed for the Christy aid station from 12:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Volunteers will receive a post-race meal. There also will be post-race awards for best overall male and female volunteer. If interested, sign up at www.runningseries.com/races/mt_werner_class.php or email Emily Conjura at email@example.com to sign up for a time slot and location.
Railroad Days Centennial Celebration vendors sought
The Hayden Heritage Center is looking for vendors for the Railroad Days Centennial Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $25 for commercial and $15 for nonprofit. More information and applications can be found at www.haydenheritagecenter.org under Railroad Days or by calling the Hayden Heritage Center at 970-276-4380.
Birth, death certificates will be available at VNA
During August, birth and death certificates will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Applicants requesting certified copies must provide acceptable identification as well as proof of relationship or direct and tangible interest. Applications and additional information are available online at www.nwcovna.org/birth_death_certificates.php. The office hours change is temporary. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
Free entrance at state parks Monday for Colorado Day
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on Monday by offering free entrance at state parks, including Stagecoach Reservoir, Yampa River, Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake state parks in Routt County.
“This day is also the agency’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents and visitors who enjoy our state parks for their continued support,” Gary Thorson, assistant director for information and education for Parks and Wildlife said in a news release.
All other fees, including camping and reservations, will remain in effect Monday.
Routt County Riders is hosting trail workday today
Routt County Riders will host a trail workday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Emerald Mountain. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at Blackmer Drive. Tools, lunch and beverages from New Belgium Brewing Co. will be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a backpack, rain gear, a cap and water. Those who are interested in participating in the workday are asked to register by emailing trails@routtcounty
riders.org or by going to www.goo.gl/KL8lO.
Baseline ImPACT testing is available this month
Baseline ImPACT testing for school-age athletes will be offered Thursday, Aug. 15 and 27. Students must sign up for the $15 baseline concussion test by calling Yampa Valley Medical Center’s SportsMed office at 970-871-2370. The tests will start at 5:45 p.m. at Strawberry Park Middle School.