Steamboat briefs: Final Alive at 25 driving class of summer is Aug. 15

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The last Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Class before the start of the school year will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Steamboat Springs High School.

The class is open to all drivers ages 15 to 25, but Steamboat High School students are required to complete the class if they wish to park a vehicle on campus or apply for open campus privileges. Alive at 25 also meets the requirements for young drivers who wish to apply for a learner’s permit at age 15 1/2.  

Shell Oil and Grand Futures have provided grants in the past for those students who may need help with the $39 class fee. To apply for these funds, contact instructor Dennis Hensen at 970-871-3685 or dhensen@sssd.k12.co.us before registering for class.

For more information about the upcoming Alive at 25 class or to register and pay the class fee online, visit coloradosafedriver.com.

Tickets are selling fast for Steamboat Wine Festival

Tickets are selling fast for the 2013 Steamboat Wine Festival this week. Events are planned through Sunday, and ticket prices range from $55 to $165. Renowned chefs, sommeliers and brew masters will offer locals and visitors an unrivaled opportunity to sample some of the world’s best food, wine and beer. For more event details or to purchase tickets, visit www.steamboatwinefestival.com.

Youth football registration now is open through today

Youth football registration is open at www.steamboatsprings.

net/youthsports through today. Flag football is open to third through fourth grades, and tackle football is open to fifth through sixth grades. The season runs from Aug. 19 to Oct. 11.

Leftover big game hunting licenses go on sale today

Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale at 9 a.m. today, according to a news release. About 33,000 elk, 6,800 deer, 3,800 pronghorn, 1,500 bear and 120 fall turkey licenses will be available.

The licenses will go on sale at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide or by calling 1-800-244-5613. Internet sales of leftover licenses begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at cpw.state.co.us.

Next Habitat Partnership program meeting is Monday

The Upper Yampa River Habitat Partnership Program will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Steamboat Springs Service Center, 925 Weiss Drive.

The meeting agenda includes a budget report, a roundtable discussion and a review of project application proposals.

The Habitat Partnership assists ranchers owning at least 160 acres alleviate rangeland forage and fence damage caused by big game animals, according to the Colorado Department of Wildlife. Yampa Valley residents appointed by the Colorado Wildlife Commission run the local Partnership. The committee is made up of three members from the livestock community, one sportsman, one member from the Forest Service and BLM and one member representing the Colorado Department of Wildlife.

For more information, contact Libbie Miller at 970-736-8359 or libbie.miller@state.co.us.

Spellbinders 4-day training workshop is in September

Spellbinders, a group that is dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youths, is holding a four-day training in September for interested volunteers.

The training will be led by certified storyteller Ruthmary Allison from the Mesa County chapter of Spellbinders. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and registration is required by emailing Youth Services Librarian Sarah Kostin at skostin@steamboatlibrary.org by Sept. 15.

Training times are 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19; 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 and 3 p.m. Sept. 28. The cost is $30. 

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