Steamboat briefs: CDOT releases information about road closures during Pro Challenge

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has released information to the public about the impact the USA Pro Challenge bike race will have on state and local roadways. The Challenge will bring some of the world’s top cyclists and fans to Colorado on Monday through Sunday. Racers will navigate nearly 600 miles of terrain during the seven-day race, which organizers predict will attract more than 1 million spectators.

Daily road closure information during the event will be available by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.cotrip.org. Real-time highway information also can be accessed through email and text alerts issued by CDOT.

According to the CDOT press release, the race will affect the Steamboat Springs area on the following dates:

■ Wednesday, Stage 3 from Breckenridge to Steamboat: Colorado Highway 9 north to Kremmling, U.S. Highway 40 west to Steamboat Springs, from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

■ Thursday, Stage 4 from Steamboat to Beaver Creek: County roads to Oak Creek, Colo. 131 south to Wolcott/U.S. 6 east to Avon/Beaver Creek, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

View a map of the closures in Steamboat Springs on page 3.

Young Professionals seeks new members to join

The Young Professionals Network is looking for additional members. The group focuses on networking, professional development, volunteer opportunities and social events. An annual membership is $45. For more information or to join, visit www.steamboatypn.com or email Glen Traylor at glen@skibutlers.com.

Dance Theatre is accepting applications for scholarship

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for the Amy Flint Memorial Scholarship for dance and technical production training. The scholarship will be awarded to someone who is new to dance, seeks a new dance experience or wants study or engage in technical production. Applications are available at www.steamboatdancetheatre.org/scholarships through Sept. 1.

VNA offers tips, support options to quit smoking

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke (tobacco residue in carpet, clothes, cars, etc.) can cause serious health problems in children, nonsmoking adults and pets, including cancer, heart disease and asthma. There are multiple support options to help smokers protect themselves and their loved ones from potentially fatal illnesses:

■ The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

■ The SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word “quit” to 47848.

■ The VNA offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. There is no cost for the service. To speak with a counselor, call 970-871-7634.

REPS needs volunteers to help with suicide prevention

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is in need of volunteers to become part of its Suicide Prevention Advocates program at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The program is designed to help those who have attempted suicide or are having thoughts of suicide and have been hospitalized. Those who are interested are asked to call Ronna Autrey at 970-846-8182.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Unattended vehicles idling is against Colorado law

As part of the anti-idling education campaign Spare the Air, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council would like to remind drivers that leaving an unattended vehicle idling is illegal under Colorado law. A state law approved in 2011 also limits idling of diesel engine vehicles of more than 14,000 pounds to 5 minutes per hour.

Join the Spare the Air initiative to save money, engine wear and air emissions by limiting unnecessary idling to 30 seconds. According to the Consumer Energy Center, idling is not an effective way to warm up a car engine. On winter days, the best way to warm an engine is to drive after idling no more than 30 seconds.

Learn more at www.yvsc.org/programs/spare-the-air.

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