Steamboat briefs: Toys for Tots is collecting new, unwrapped toys this week

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Toys for Tots of Routt County is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 to 18 as well as gently used blankets, coats and other winter items such as scarves, gloves, hats and gently used boots. The group also will accept bikes in good condition. Collection boxes have been set up at the following locations: City Market, FM Light & Sons, Off the Beaten Path, Safeway, Starbuck’s, Steamboat Christian Center, Steamboat Lumber, Steamboat Motors, Steamboat Ski & Resort Building, The Tile Shop, Wildhorse Salon and Yampa Valley Tire Pros. Toys for Tots is accepting sign-ups for families who need help this Christmas. To sign-up or for more information, contact Teri Wall at 970-819-5620 or T4TRouttCounty@yahoo.com. Toys will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday on the second floor of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Public skate at ice arena scheduled for Monday is canceled

The public skate at the Howelsen Ice Arena originally scheduled for Monday from 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. has been canceled for maintenance. For more information, call the arena at 970-871-7011.

Parks and Wildlife reminds areas not ready for activity

Colorado’s early winter blast has brought freezing temperatures and ice to the state.  But despite the chill, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding people that lakes, ponds and streams still may not be ready for winter activity.

In a news release, the CPW warns people to assume that unsafe ice conditions may exist and to remember ice thickness will vary from place to place and day to day. Four inches of ice generally is considered safe for ice fishing and ice skating. Whenever there is any question about thickness or conditions the best advice is to stay off the ice, the news release states.

Those who plan to venture on frozen bodies of water should look for signs of unsafe conditions, including ice of different colors, water on top of the ice, cracks, pressure ridges, open water and bubbles in the ice.

CPW officials also warn individuals to beware of ice covered with snow. Sometimes the snow serves as insulation, keeping the ice from melting. Other times, the snow has the opposite effect, insulating the surface from freezing. Also be aware that water levels can fluctuate in reservoirs, which can affect ice stability.

Atmos holds Sharing the Warmth for customers

Atmos Energy is encouraging customers to participate in the utility’s Sharing the Warmth program, which is designed to supplement payments made by elderly, disabled or low-income customers who would otherwise be unable to pay the full cost of heating their home.

“It’s as easy as rounding up the pennies on your natural gas bill,” Atmos Energy Director of Energy Assistance Dan Alderson said. “That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter.”

To donate, check the voluntary donation box on the back of your gas bill or call 1-888-286-6700 to make your donation via the phone. Visit www.atmosenergy.com/share for more details.

Local conservation district accepting seedling orders

Orders are being accepted for the Routt County Conservation District’s annual seedling sale. Download an order form at www.tinyurl.com/k2ju6rs, where information about the types of trees and costs can be found. For more information, contact morgan.moss@routtcountycd.com or 970-879-3225, ext. 107.

Routt County Fair cookbook is on sale at local office

The Fair Family Favorites cookbook, which was put together by the Routt County Fair Cookbook Committee for the fair’s 100th anniversary, is on sale at the Routt County Extension office in the Routt County Courthouse annex. The cookbook costs $20, and proceeds will go toward upgrading the Exhibit Hall at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

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