Steamboat briefs: Prescription drug take-back program is set for Oct. 26

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Local law enforcement agencies, nonprofits and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during a take-back program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.

According to a news release from the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, unused over-the-counter and prescription medications can be dropped off at the Steamboat Springs Police Department, 840 Yampa Ave. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Items that cannot be accepted at the take-back event are: needles and sharps; mercury (thermometers); oxygen containers; chemotherapy/radioactive substances; pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.

VNA offices in Steamboat, Craig are closed Tuesday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Craig and Steamboat Springs will be closed today for an all-staff retreat. The agency’s after-hours service will be available to patients by calling 970-824-8233 in Craig or 970-879-1632 in Steamboat.

Coffee and a Newspaper is at Hayden Granary on Friday

The Coffee and a Newspaper in Hayden is Friday. Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Local Sales Manager Laura Tamucci will attend the event, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Wild Goose Coffee at The Granary in Hayden. Members of the Hayden community are invited to attend. Free coffee and muffins will be served.

Free flu shots for veterans are Friday in Steamboat

Free flu shots for Routt County veterans are from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. To qualify, veterans should bring proof of military service or an American Legion or VFW membership card. Those serving in the Reserves or National Guard also are eligible if their units were deployed to a war zone during military conflict.

Veterans also can learn more about and sign up for Veterans Affairs health care during the flu clinic. The VA health care program meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so veterans who are enrolled meet health care law coverage standards.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Routt County veterans service officer Mike Condie at 970-879-5489.

Wreaths, flowers must be picked up from cemetery

The Steamboat Springs Cemetery District Board reminds residents that the summer maintenance program will end Nov. 1. The board asks that wreaths and artificial flowers be picked up by that date.

Wreaths, artificial flowers and other memorials that remain after Nov. 1 are subject to winter conditions, and loss will not be the responsibility of the board. Any memorial that becomes unsightly or is in disrepair will be removed by cemetery personnel. For information, call Jo Semotan at 970-879-1277, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Dan Bonner at 970-879-1787.

Local orthopedic physician will present at meeting

Dr. Alex Meininger, an orthopedic and sports medicine physician with Steamboat Orthopaedic Associates in Steamboat Springs, recently was invited to speak at the West Slope Chapter meeting of the Western Orthopaedic Association, according to the Beckers Orthopedic & Spine Review. He will give a presentation titled “Anatomic ACL Reconstruction Using 4th Generation Tensioned Implants,” which includes outcomes from 23 patients. According to the medical review magazine, Dr. Meininger found statistically improved outcomes in all categories and normal or near-normal knee stability.

Haymaker offering discounts throughout rest of season

Haymaker Golf Course, which is scheduled to close Nov. 3 depending on weather, is offering discounted rates throughout the rest of the season. Residents pay $36 for nine holes or $55 for 18 holes, but during course maintenance, those who play 18 should be prepared to play the front or back nine twice.

The golf course’s final tournament of the season is at 10 a.m. Saturday. The shotgun start, best ball tournament features two-player teams at a cost of $20 per person.

The pro shop also would like to remind those with punch cards, gift certificates or tournament credits that they need to be redeemed by the end of the season.

For more information about the golf course or to register for the tournament, call 970-870-1846.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Free online carpool service is available to residents

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release.

Organizers hope the website, www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

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