Steamboat briefs: Preschool developmental screenings Monday, Tuesday

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Steamboat Springs preschool developmental screenings will be held Monday and Tuesday at the George P. Sauer Human Services Building, 325 Seventh St. The screening will be for vision, hearing, fine and gross motor, thinking skills, speech and language, and social skills. The service is available for children ages 2 years and 6 months (by April 1) to 5 years old. There will be no charge, and appointments can be made by calling 970-879-0391.

Forest service: Unauthorized snow removal may net fine

The U.S. Forest Service would like to remind readers that unauthorized snow removal in national forests is illegal and could lead to fines, according to a news release.

Recently, Forest Road 351 in the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow National Forest was plowed and has resulted in the temporary closure of the road to motorized wheeled vehicles. The responsible party has been cited, according to the release.

Snow removal or maintenance on a national forest road requires a permit and an agreement of liability for damages that occur as a result of snow removal activities or resulting traffic on the road.

In recent years, the illegal plowing of Forest Service roads, including an incident in North Routt County near Clark, has caused damage and delayed openings and use of roads by as many as three weeks.

For more information, call 307-745-2300, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

Steamboat CPW employees honored at awards banquet

Steamboat Springs Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees Bill Atkinson and Steve Baumgardner were honored during an awards banquet in February in Colorado Springs.

Baumgardner was named Outstanding Property Technician of the Year for creating 65 acres of wetland habitat, working on beetle-kill tree removal and improving the Hayden shooting range as well as his “all-around willingness to do whatever it takes to improve the wildlife habitat,” according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Atkinson was honored as the Outstanding Biologist of the Year for his efforts to improve fisheries in Steamboat Springs, notably the upper Yampa River.

“Bill is innovative and able to find opportunities in the most improbable places,” the nomination form read. “He not only sees the opportunities, but he turns opportunities into realities. 

“Bill is incredibly passionate about the wildlife resource. Looking over his list of accomplishments in 2012, one would think we were honoring someone for a career’s worth of work.”

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion also is looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

VNA offers birth control, screenings for women

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Women’s Health Clinic is offering low cost birth control, STD screenings, pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat at 970-879-1632 or in Craig at 970-824-8233.

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.

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