Steamboat briefs: Author is hosting a travel writing seminar at CMC

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Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer, whose travel writing has been published in ELLE Magazine, the Sunday New York Times, Steamboat Magazine as well as other major newspapers and magazines will be giving a three-hour seminar, “Writing A Travel Article That Sells” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

After discussing how to craft an article and how to know what’s important to tell an editor, each student will receive a resource list and the group will discuss online opportunities. The cost is $40. For more information, call 970-870-4444 or visit www.coloradomtn.edu/.

VNA is seeking volunteers for the hospice program

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers for their hospice program.

Direct service volunteers may provide transportation, run errands, provide respite to relieve the primary caregiver, do household chores, read to the patient or sit and listen to them. Volunteers also assist in bereavement, community outreach and fund development. Volunteers who work with patients must complete a 20-hour training program and make a commitment to be available for at least one year.

Those who are interested should contact Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682 in Craig or Katy Thiel in Steamboat at 970-871-7628.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact Jill Lindstrom at 970-879-2214 or storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

Parks and Wildlife provides tips to prevent bear conflicts

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provided the following tips to prevent conflicts with bears:

■ Put trash out only after 6 a.m. on trash pickup days unless it is stored in a bear-proof container. Ratchet straps work to secure trash cans where bears have figured out the cable system. Make sure Dumpsters always are latched. Clean garbage cans regularly to eliminate food odors.

■ Parks and Wildlife recommends feeding birds only when bears are hibernating. If you feed birds while bears are active, bring bird feeders in at night or hang them 10 feet off the ground and 10 feet away from anything a bear can climb.

■ Don’t leave pet food outside. 

■ Keep your garage door and all ground-level windows closed. Keep car doors locked.

■ Clean barbecue grills after each use and store them inside, if possible. Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.

■ If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe, and don’t allow fruit to fall and rot on the ground.

■ If you keep chickens or other small livestock, build a secure enclosure and bring the animals inside at night. Clean up pens regularly to reduce odors.

■ Bear-proof your compost area or don’t compost food scraps.

Find more information at www.wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.aspx.

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