Police identify homeless man found dead in Craig

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The Craig Police Department confirmed Wednesday that a body found near a Craig restaurant is that of Michael Fedinec, 52, a homeless man.

“He was mostly seen riding a bicycle around town,” said Sgt. John Forgay. “We don’t see any signs of trauma. At this point, we’re leaning toward natural causes.”

Forgay said the man was living under the bridge by O.P. Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

Fedinec’s body was found Tuesday by juveniles, Sgt. Corey Wagner said.

Seminars at Steamboat talk will focus on Pakistan

The Seminars at Steamboat series continues today with a talk titled “Pakistan and its Difficult Neighbors.” The program will be presented by Robin Raphel, the U.S. coordinator for non-military assistance to Pakistan.

“Pakistan is portrayed in the western media as a nearly failing state,” Raphel said in a news release. Yet “it has democratic institutions, vast natural resources, a strong entrepreneurial class, the fourth largest army in the world and nuclear weapons.”

In her presentation, Raphel will explain these apparent contradictions and also the complicated relationships between Pakistan and Afghanistan and India. 

Although the U.S. is extremely unpopular in Pakistan, Raphel said, our government still gave the country nearly $20 billion in assistance throughout the past decade.

“We’ve learned a lot of lessons (about aid) from our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, where we began to pour a lot of money in very quickly and ran up our programs really quickly. Sometimes, oversight was kind of an afterthought,” Raphel said in the release. 

The free seminar is at 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road. Tickets will be distributed at 4:15 p.m.

The series concludes Aug. 20 with “Reforming Our Broken Tax System” presented by Martin Feldstein, a Harvard University economist and former director of the Council of Economic Advisors, and William Gale, the chairman of economic policy at The Brookings Institution. 

For more information about Seminars at Steamboat, visit www.seminarsatsteamboat.com.

Reader of the Week: Valeria Gutierrez-Valdez

Valeria Gutierrez-Valdez, 8, of Hayden, was chosen as the Hayden Public Library’s Reader of the Week. Valeria, who is turning 9 on Monday, has three older brothers — Rene, 22, Raul, 21, and Jorge, 18 — and a sister Maria, 11. Her parents are Jose Gutierrez and Tasha Valdez.

Valeria was born in Steamboat Springs and has lived in Hayden all her life. She spends a lot of her free time at the library and can tell you where everything is and how to check out books. Her friends are Joselyn, Evelyn, her sister and her brothers. The family owns a Rhodesian ridgeback Leona that is a 1 year old. Valeria would like to be a librarian and veterinarian when she grows up.

Her favorite colors are pink, purple, blue and green. Her favorite foods are spaghetti, hamburgers and her mom’s chili relleños. She likes to watch the TV show “Teen Beach.” In her free time, Valeria enjoys playing with her dog, visiting the library and riding her bike. She also likes basketball and football. Valeria will be in fourth grade this fall. Her favorite subject is math, and her favorite book is “I don’t want a Posh Dog!” by Emma Dodd.

This summer, her family will be going to Denver to visit friends. When asked whether she had any advice about reading, she said, “I can help kids read.”

The library holds the Reader of the Week contest each summer, and the winner is interviewed for the Steamboat Today; wins a T-shirt, a water bottle and a book; and chooses the food for the weekly Bingo and Cooking program.

— Ana Lash, Hayden Public Library director

Family Birth Place received Colorado Can Do 5 award

The Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center has received the Colorado Can Do 5 BEST award for its commitment to promoting the health benefits and practice of breastfeeding, according to a news release. The award was presented Friday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition and the Colorado Perinatal Care Council.

YVMC lactation consultant and registered nurse Pauline Kopsa said YVMC policies and practices help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.

“More than 96 percent of our moms initiate breastfeeding at the hospital. We also offer breastfeeding advice and support for mothers on an ongoing basis with weekly free lactation clinics,” Kopsa said in the release.

YVMC has two certified lactation consultants: Kopsa and registered nurse Cheryl Kindred.

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