Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper rescheduled due to holiday

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This month’s Coffee and a Newspaper will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 8 rather than Wednesday because of the New Year’s holiday. Members of the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s management team will be available to answer questions and tours of the newspaper always are available. Free coffee and pastries will be served.

Drivers encouraged to plan ahead this new year

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol will team up with 76 law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado to increase DUI enforcement through Jan. 2, according to a CDOT news release. During last year’s New Year’s Eve enforcement period, 501 people were arrested on Colorado roadways for DUI and there were two alcohol-related fatalities.

“New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the year that’s past and to look forward to the future,” CDOT director of communications Amy Ford said in the news release. “It marks the beginning of a new year with endless possibilities. Historically, it can also be a very dangerous time to be on the roads and we want to do everything we can to keep Coloradans safe.”

In 2012, there were 9,784 DUI arrests reported through The Heat is On campaign — a number much higher than Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, wants to see as 2013 comes to a close.

“The fewer arrests we make, the happier we are,” Col. Hernandez said. “We want those numbers to decrease as the years go by because it means that people are planning ahead and taking safe rides home after drinking.”

The average blood alcohol content of all DUI arrests in 2012 was 0.18 — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, stressed the importance of not putting others in danger by driving impaired.

“The most important thing is that every user of Colorado roadways has the opportunity for a safe start to 2014,” says Lingk. “We encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly and avoid unnecessary arrests and fatalities. Many areas in Colorado have dependable alternatives to driving, such as Uber, 1-800-taxicab.com and public transit.”

High school swimming workshop starts Jan. 7

A high school prep swimming workshop starts Jan. 7 at the Old Town Hot Springs. Sessions, led by high school coach Chris Schenck, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 7 through Feb. 13. Schenck will guide participants through technique for all four strokes, and the workshop can be used to prepare for the upcoming boys high school swim season or for cross training. The cost is $120 for 12 one-hour sessions. For more information, contact OTHS program director Jill Ruppel at aquatics@SSHRA.org or 970-879-1828, ext. 311. Sign-up at the Old Town Hot Springs front desk.

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