Steamboat Briefs: County to consider lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions

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With the arrival of monsoonal rains, the Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider Tuesday rescinding Stage 1 fire restrictions.

The restrictions impact private lands in unincorporated Routt County as well as state lands.

Fire restrictions began going into effect in late June. Stage 1 restrictions in Routt County prohibited agricultural burns, burning trash and any campfires that are not in designated campgrounds or recreational sites.

“Rescinding the existing fire restrictions does not mean there is no fire danger,” a news release stated. “It just means the extreme conditions have somewhat moderated.”

Other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service are expected to follow suit.

Fire officials still urge people never to leave a campfire unattended because wind can carry embers and start a wildfire. It also is advised to only build a small fire on bare soil with brush cleared away or to try to use an existing fire ring.

When people are finished with a fire, they should pour water on a fire, stir it and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving.

Hayden officials set to dive into recreational pot rules

Hayden officials tonight will debate whether to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

Amendment 64 allows local municipalities to decide whether they want to allow businesses to sell the product. Currently, Hayden does not allow the sale of medicinal marijuana, but some town officials have hinted that they would entertain the idea of allowing marijuana to be sold for recreational use so they can collect tax revenues.

The Town Council will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall for reports from staff members and a work session with officials from Shell Oil. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Also during the meeting, the Town Council will hear a presentation about the town’s audit for 2012. The town received a clean audit.

Routt County Riders to host trail workday today

Routt County Riders will host a trail workday from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Bear River Bike Park. Volunteers should meet at 5 p.m. at the bike park. Tools, lunch and beverages from New Belgium Brewing Co. will be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a backpack, rain gear, a cap and water. Those who are interested in participating in the workday are asked to register by emailing trails@routtcountyriders.org or by going to www.goo.gl/KL8lO.

Author to teach writing seminar Saturday at CMC

Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer, author of five books, will give a seminar titled Writing That Successful Book (English 901) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Mountain College in Bristol Hall Room 221. Edith will discuss the advantages of publishing with a main line company and self-publishing. She also will demonstrate how to organize a book, how to recognize when it is ready to be presented, how to rewrite and where to network. Each participant will receive a resource list of agents and publishing houses. The cost is $70. For more information, call 970-870-4444 or go to www.coloradomtn.edu.

VNA: Tobacco impacts more than just those who smoke

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.

Wine for Words to happen as part of Literary Sojourn

A part of Literary Sojourn, Wine for Words is July 31. The evening event celebrates wine and books with celebrity wine auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski, author of “The Wine Lovers Guide to Auctions.” Founder of Christie’s New York and Los Angeles wine auction departments and America’s first female wine auctioneer, Hermacinski will host a tutored tasting at 5:30 p.m. for 12 guests. The Tingle & Mingle, where Hermacinski will be circulating through the crowd to talk about the evening’s wines and answer wine questions, is from 7 to 9 p.m. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit festival of readers and authors. The cost is $175 for the tasting and $50 for the Tingle & Mingle. Tickets are available at www.literarysojourn.org/wine-words.

Volunteers needed for the Toast of Steamboat

Volunteers are needed from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 for the Steamboat Wine Festival’s Toast of Steamboat. Volunteers must be 21 or older and will receive a free ticket worth $80 to the Stroll of Steamboat on Aug. 9. Sign up at www.steam

boatwinefestival.com. Call Melissa with questions at 970-870-1950 or 970-819-4820.

Hayden Lion’s Club parade scheduled for Aug. 17

The Hayden Lion’s Club parade is at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 in downtown Hayden as part of the Routt County Fair. Register a float for free by calling 970-276-1600. Donations are accepted by the Lion’s Club.

Institute seeks participants for local discussion group

The OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social science agency, is looking for eight to 10 people to participate in a Steamboat discussion group that would explore bullying among those with disabilities as part of a study sponsored by the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Developmental Disability Council. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Those who are interested are asked to contact Alejandra Solis at 303-839-9422, ext. 144, or asolis@omni.org.

Botanic park extending Yoga in the Park classes

The Yampa River Botanic Park has extended Yoga in the Park on Saturdays through Aug. 3 and on Tuesdays through July 30. Classes are from 9 to 10 a.m., and participants should bring a mat, towel and water. A $10 donation helps support the Botanic Park. For information, contact Patty 970-846-5608 or

zimmer@springsips.com.

Hayden tackle football registration Wednesday

Hayden tackle football registration for children in third through sixth grades is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hayden Valley Elementary School. Call Selena at 970-819-9967 for more information.

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