Steamboat briefs: East Routt Library District closes on outstanding bonds

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The East Routt Library District closed on the refinancing of outstanding general obligation bonds last month, according to a press release issued by the District. The original $11.4 million in bond issue proceeds, approved by voters in November 2005, were used to construct the addition and complete the remodel of the Bud Werner Memorial Library in 2009.

The bond refinancing will allow the District’s taxpayers, who reside in the Steamboat Springs School District, to generate savings of more than $35,000 per year from 2013 to 2025 without extending the life of the original bond issue. The Series 2013 tax-exempt refunding bonds have an average interest rate of 1.91 percent and will be replacing the 2006 bonds that had an average interest rate of 4.56 percent.

According to the press release, the low borrowing cost is attributed in part to the District’s high investment grade rating of AA by Standard & Poor’s.

Tickets on sale for the Steamboat Wine Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 Steamboat Wine Festival. Renowned chefs, sommeliers and brew masters will converge on Steamboat Springs from Aug. 7 through 11. Dozens of events are planned throughout four days, including an opening night Farm-to-Barn dinner on Aug. 7, a Wine on the Mountain kick-off celebration on Aug. 8 and Toast of Steamboat on Aug. 10. For complete event details or to purchase tickets, visit www.steamboatwinefestival.com. Ticket prices range from $55 to $165.

CDOT warns of impact Pro Challenge to have on roads

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released information to the public about the impact the USA Pro Challenge bike race will have on state and local roadways. The Challenge will bring some of the world’s top cyclists and fans to Colorado from Aug. 19 to 25. Racers will navigate nearly 600 miles of terrain during the seven-day race, which organizers predict will attract more than 1 million spectators.

Daily road closure information during the event will be available by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.cotrip.org. Real-time highway information also can be accessed through email and text alerts issued by CDOT.

According to the CDOT press release, the race will affect the Steamboat Springs area on the following dates:

■ Aug. 21, Stage 3 from Breckenridge to Steamboat: Colorado Highway 9 north to Kremmling, U.S. Highway 40 west to Steamboat Springs, from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

■ Aug. 22, Stage 4 from Steamboat to Beaver Creek: County roads to Oak Creek, Colo. 131 south to Wolcott/U.S. Highway 6 east to Avon/Beaver Creek, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire Management reminds about burning guidelines

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to remind readers about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning:

■ Contact the Routt County Sheriff’s Office in advance at 970-879-1090.

■ Don’t burn on windy days and know the forecast weather conditions for your burn day (available at www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt).

■ Notify your neighbors so they don’t call in a fire report.

■ Have a shovel and water nearby to extinguish the fire.

■ Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop.

■ Never leave a fire unattended.

If an agricultural or debris fire damages private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the costs.

Haven offers daytime, overnight care for adults

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden offers daytime and overnight respite care for older adults who need supervision. The Adult Activity and Care program is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The program includes lunch, activities and help with personal care needs. The cost is $75 per day or $50 for a half-day. Temporary overnight care is available for as many as 30 days for qualified individuals. Clients with memory care needs are welcome at a cost of $100 per day.

The Haven, which does not provide skilled nursing care, also has private and shared rooms available for qualified older adults. The Haven accepts Medicaid. For more information, go to www.havenseniorliving.com or call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

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