Steamboat briefs: Hayden Public Library to close Saturday to Monday


Hayden Public Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The library will reopen May 28. Call 970-276-3777 for more information.

Haven offers guided elk, deer hunts as fundraiser

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden is offering a guided elk or deer hunt through Barnes Outfitters as a fundraiser. Bids can be placed at with the starting bid at $1,100 and increasing in $100 increments. The winner will be announced at the annual Haven Barbecue and Barn Dance at 6 p.m. June 29. The cost to attend is $8 for students, $15 for adults, $25 for couples, $40 for families and free for children younger than 5. For more information about the bidding process or to buy tickets for the dance, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888 or

Health officials warning about hantavirus, rabies

As summer nears in Northwest Colorado, local public health officials are warning residents about hantavirus and rabies.

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath with large ears). According to a news release from the Visiting Nurse Association, residents should be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns. Humans can become infected when they inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings. Air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach (1 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water) to spray materials used for cleaning mouse droppings. For more information, visit

Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Bats are often carriers of rabies and should never be touched. Not all bats have rabies, but most human cases in the U.S. are caused by bats. Bat bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call a doctor immediately. For more information visit

Hayden students graduate from School of Mines

Four Hayden High School alums graduated May 10 from Colorado School of Mines.

Kelly Bruchez, a 2003 graduate of Hayden High School, received his Master’s of Science in petroleum from the School of Mines. He earned his Bachelor of Science in geology from Western State College in 2007. He is now employed with Newfield Exploration in Denver.

Jordan Williams, a 2008 graduate of Hayden High School, received his Bachelor of Science from the School of Mines in mechanical engineering. While attending the School of Mines, Jordan played baseball and was a four-year starter for the Orediggers, earning co-RMAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2010 and being named to the RMAC Third Team All-Conference squad as a sophomore and Second Team All-Conference squad as a senior. Williams will work for Peabody Energy at Twentymile Mine.

Mitch Doolin, a 2009 graduate of Hayden High School, received his Bachelor of Science from the School of Mines in petroleum engineering, having been named to the dean’s list five times. Doolin spent two summers interning for Devon Energy. He will start work June 3 with Devon Energy based out of Oklahoma City. While attending School of Mines, Doolin was also a member of the Orediggers wrestling team for two years.

Mitchell VeDepo, a 2009 graduate of Hayden High School, received his Bachelor of Science in biochemical engineering. He made the dean’s list six times and graduated cum laude. VeDepo wrestled one year and also was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. He will attend graduate school at the University of Kansas beginning in the fall. VeDepo will study bioengineering.


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