Steamboat briefs: Grand Futures Prevention Coalition receives $30K Daniels Fund grant

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Grand Futures Prevention Coalition received a $30,000 Daniels Fund grant, according to a news release.

The grant will be used for general operating expenses at the nonprofit organization, which serves the 14th Judicial District with offices in Grand, Routt and Moffat counties. Its mission is to create and support healthy, positive lifestyle choices as alternatives to substance abuse for youths in our community.

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

For more information, go to www.grandfutures.org.

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Diane Mitsch Bush

Law on oil spill reporting requirements now in effect

A new law to improve reporting requirements for oil spills in Colorado went into effect Wednesday.

HB13-1278 was sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs.

The new law sets a one-barrel threshold for required reporting of any oil spill. The previous threshold was five barrels. The spill must be reported within 24 hours to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the local jurisdiction responsible for emergency response.

County Treasurer Brita Horn to offer foreclosure class

Routt County Treasurer and public trustee Brita Horn is offering a free class to those who want to better understand the foreclosure process. Attorney Deanne Stodden will teach the basics of the foreclosure process in Colorado from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Call 970-870-5555 to register.

School supply donations for Routt County K-12 students also will be collected and distributed by the Routt County Human Services Department.

CMC students can get free textbook shipping online

Colorado Mountain College students can get free shipping by ordering their textbooks through Aug. 17 at www.coloradomtn.bkstr.com. For more information about the free shipping promotion, call Follett at 800-621-4088 or visit CMC’s virtual bookstore.

Hayden Parks and Rec has opening on volunteer board

The Hayden Parks and Recreation department has an opening on its seven-member volunteer board and is seeking an active board member who is able to volunteer time and efforts toward the maintenance and improvement of Hayden Parks and Recreation programs and events, according to a news release. The board meets once monthly plus time as needed for programs and events. Anyone interested will need to submit a letter of interest to Town of Hayden Parks and Recreation, Attn: Jill Delay, P.O. Box 190, Hayden, CO 81639, email it to jdelay@hayden-co.gov or drop it off at Hayden Town Hall. Board members must reside within Hayden town limits.

Atmos encourages marking utility lines before digging

As part of National Dig Day on Sunday, Atmos Energy is reminding readers that it is state law to call 811 to have buried utility lines marked before digging. At least three business days’ notice is required. Atmos also offered the following safety tips.

Call 811 before digging:

■ The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during excavation.

■ Even minor damage such as a gouge, scrape, dent or crease to a pipeline or its coating can cause a leak or failure.

What to do if you suspect a gas leak:

■ Leave the area immediately.

■ Leave open any doors you pass through to help ventilate the area, but don’t take time to open windows.

■ Do not operate any electrical switches or equipment, including telephones and flashlights.

■ Call Atmos Energy’s emergency line at 1-866-322-8667 or call 911.

■ Remain away from the area until Atmos Energy declares the area safe.

Follow proper steps to report wildfire in area

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to remind readers of the steps to report a wildfire:

  1. Call 911.

  2. If you’re near the fire, move out of the fire area and monitor.

  3. Account for others with you and move them to safety.

  4. State your name and phone number to dispatchers in case more information is needed.

  5. Give the location from which you’re seeing the fire or smoke.

  6. Give the location of the fire, including the direction of the fire from where you’re standing, the nearest road or highway and the closest landmark.

  7. Tell the dispatcher what’s burning (sagebrush, grass, trees, etc.).

  8. Estimate the fire’s size. If you can’t estimate an acreage, try comparing it to something like a football field.

  9. Tell the dispatchers whether you see flames or smoke.

Never attempt to extinguish the blaze yourself. Give as much information as possible to dispatchers and allow firefighters to fight the fire.

“Having the public reporting fires allows us to respond quicker and work to keep incidents small,” Bureau of Land Management Fire Management Officer Colt Mortenson said in the news release. 

Fire danger is high in Moffat County and moderate in Jackson, Grand, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

Routt County Riders host trail workday Saturday

Routt County Riders will host a trail workday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday 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@routtcountyriders.org or by going to www.goo.gl/KL8lO.

Success Steps Seminar addresses business errors

The August Success Steps Seminar through the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center focuses on common business mistakes that can lead to legal issues. During the workshop, attorney Sherri Sweers will discuss problems she has seen and will talk about how they could have been avoided. The class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in Room 137 at Colorado Mountain College. The cost is $10, and those who would like to attend should register by calling 970-870-4491.

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