Steamboat briefs: Social Security planning seminar set for Tuesday

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A Social Security planning seminar is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Mountain College Academic Center Room 213. The date was incorrect in a news brief in Thursday’s Steamboat Today. Steve Ahlmer, who specializes in planning for retirement, will lead the program. The cost is $10, and registration is required by calling 970-870-4491.

Yampa Valley Community Foundation has relocated

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation office has changed location in Sundance Plaza and now is located to the right of Sherwin Williams Paints. The new physical address is 385 Anglers Drive, Suite B. All other Community Foundation contact information remains the same and can be found on the Contact Us page of www.yvcf.org. For more information, email info@yvcf.org or call 970-879-8632.  

Free flu shots for Routt veterans offered Friday

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.

Artwork sought for Art and Soul of Hospice Art Show

The Art and Soul of Hospice Art Show is Dec. 6 at the Depot Art Center, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking artwork for the event, which will benefit the VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care program. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 31. For more information, go to www.nwcovna.org/artshow.php or contact Director of Development Dervla Lacy at 970-871-7603 or dlacy@nwcovna.org.

Slash pile burning to start soon in national forests

Fire crews from the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests will begin burning slash piles to reduce dead fuels as soon as weather conditions allow, according to a news release.

“Annually burning slash piles has become part of our normal program of work,” said Vern Bentley, fire management officer for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. “Our crews are well-trained in this type of work, and we anticipate working toward the removal of fuels in this manner for years to come.”

Routt National Forest officials also are assessing the feasibility of conducting two multiacre, prescribed burns this fall, one near the Indian Run State Wildlife Area in western Routt County south of Hayden and one near the Seedhouse Guard Station in North Routt County 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs. The Indian Run Prescribed Burn would take place on the Yampa Ranger District and the Seedhouse Prescribed Burn would take place on the Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District.

For more information, call the Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District at 970-870-2299.

Registration ends Sunday for hockey, skate programs

The registration deadline for Session II Initiation to Hockey and Learn to Skate programs is 5 p.m. Sunday. More information about these programs is available at www.steamboatsprings.net/ice under Youth Programs or by calling the Howelsen Ice Arena at 970-879-4300, ext. 301.

National Teen Driver Safety Week theme is ‘It Takes Two’

National Teen Driver Safety Week is from Sunday to Oct. 26, and this year’s theme is “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.” The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides some tips to help parents develop skilled teen drivers:

■ Most crashes happen in about three seconds, so if you are distracted or speeding, you might not have time to react.

■ Provide your teen with more than 65 hours of supervised driving practice. Parent involvement cuts teen crash risk in half.

■ You and your teen should discuss and set clear expectations for each other, including to stay calm, be respectful and give appropriate and timely feedback.

■ A recent study found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were caused by a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes: driving too fast for road conditions, being distracted and failing to detect a hazard.

■ Develop house rules for your teen’s first year of independent driving. As your teen follows the rules and shows maturity, consider increasing driving privileges.

For more information, visit www.coloradodot.info/programs/colorado-teen-drivers or www.teendriversource.org/for_parents.

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