Steamboat briefs: Holiday Wishes gifts to be collected Friday, Saturday

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Holiday Wishes program volunteers are hoping to collect gifts this year for more than 400 local families selected by Routt County United Way.

The Young Professionals Network, Rotary Club members and Steamboat firefighters will be collecting gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Walmart. Volunteers will have a list of gifts that can be purchased at Walmart, and those who purchase gifts elsewhere also can drop them off at Walmart during those dates.

The program culminates with the Community Holiday Wishes Party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. At the free celebration, there will be caroling, visits with Santa, sleigh rides, tubing and snacks, and donated gifts will be wrapped.

More information and a list of needed gifts can be found at www.steamboatgiving.com. Information about donating wrapping supplies and money also can be found at the website. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts and to help put on the Dec. 15 party. The party is open to everyone in the community including those not participating in the Holiday Wishes program.

Annual Decadent Desserts fundraiser set for Friday

The annual Decadent Desserts fundraiser is Friday at Haymaker Golf Course. The cost is $50 and includes a wine ticket, appetizers, dessert tasting and live music. Proceeds from the event benefit Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and will go toward fighting sexual and domestic abuse.

Dessert donations are needed for the event, and prizes will be given for the top desserts. Volunteers also are needed to help at the event. In addition, donations are needed for the live and silent auctions, or in-kind donations can be made to benefit Advocates.

For more information, call 970-879-2034 or email advocate@advocatesaba.org.

Steamboat library hosting World Book Night in 2014

Bud Werner Memorial Library once again will host World Book Night in 2014 and serve as Steamboat’s designated book pick-up spot for volunteer book givers. In support of literacy and community, World Book Night book givers will distribute specially printed paperbacks April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday. About 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half-million paperbacks to readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by Jan. 5 by going to www.us.worldbooknight.org.

Public tours of airport’s quilt exhibit are Tuesday

Public tours of the quilt exhibit at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be given at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday. Register by 3 p.m. Monday to Ann McMenamin at 970-276-5001.

4 local groups participate in Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday. The fundraising event is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofit organizations in their hometowns.

Routt County organizations participating in the event include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, Family Development Center (Discovery Learning Center, Newborn and Child Care Networks), Integrated Community, Partners in Routt County, Routt County Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Selah, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampatika.

Donate to any of these organizations by going to www.coloradogives.org, click “Donate to your favorite nonprofit” and schedule the donation for Colorado Gives Day.

City hosts Kids Night Out on Friday at Igloo at Howelsen

The city of Steamboat Springs is hosting Kids Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Igloo at Howelsen for kindergarten through fifth-graders. The movie is the PG-rated “Monsters University,” and dinner is hot dogs and beans. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 for drop-ins if there is space available. Registration can be completed at the Parks and Recreational Services Department office or online at www.steamboatsprings.net/youth.

Visitor access at Dinosaur National Monument limited

The arrival of the first snowfall means that winter has arrived at Dinosaur National Monument, and visitors’ access to some areas of the monument may be limited.

On the Colorado side, Harpers Corner Road from the Echo Park Road turnoff to the end of Harpers Corner now is closed to public access. The Harpers Corner Road will be kept open to the Echo Park Road turnoff until Dec. 31 so that hunters may access nearby lands outside the monument. On Jan. 1, the road will close at Plug Hat Butte, which is 5 miles from U.S. Highway 40. Once the road closes to vehicular traffic for the winter, portions of the Harpers Corner Drive will be open to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing if snow conditions permit.

Other roads such as the Echo Park Road, Yampa Bench Road, Island Park Road, and the road to Gates of Lodore are not maintained, and travel on them is not advised during the winter.

The Canyon Visitor Center near Dinosaur is closed for the winter.

Dinosaur’s weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. Visitors always should be prepared for a range of conditions and check the current forecast before heading out. Road maintenance may be very limited during storms or on weekends.

For more information about Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700, visit www.nps.gov/dino, find Dinosaur National Monument on Facebook or follow @DinosaurNPS on Twitter.

Parks and Wildlife closes tailwaters at Stagecoach

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed the 0.6-mile tailwater section of Stagecoach State Park for a fishery and habitat restoration project, according to a news release. The tailwaters will remain closed for the rest of 2013.

Routt County Road 18 to Sarvis Creek and Pleasant Valley will remain open through the fall, but parking along the county road is prohibited. Hunters accessing the Blacktail Conservation Easement can find alternate parking locations for the 2013 hunting seasons at the dam parking lot and the Routt County Road 18 parking lot. In addition, hunters can access the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement via the Adams State Wildlife Area off Routt County Road 14.

The restoration project will restore habitat and improve the overall fishery resource. The project’s goals include creating specific angler access points that will minimize stream bank erosion and preserve the area for future generations.

The cooperative project with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is being funded through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Fishing is Fun program, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Trout Unlimited and private donors.

For more information about the project, visit www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/stagecoach/Pages/StagecoachStatePark.aspx or call Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436 or aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson at 970-871-2868.

Business Plan Development workshop is Dec. 17 at CMC

A Business Plan Development Workshop is from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 in Colorado Mountain College’s Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, Conference Room 127. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of writing a business plan including the financial forecast, market research and critical success factors. The cost is $15, and registration is required by calling 970-870-4491.

Sew Steamboat seeks fiber artists for gallery

The owners of Sew Steamboat are starting a new fiber arts gallery called Stitched and are seeking fiber artists here in the Yampa Valley. Those who are interested are asked to call 970-879-3222 or stop by the shop at 929 Lincoln Ave.

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