Steamboat briefs: Emerald Mountain trails are closed for the season

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Trails on Emerald Mountain are closed for the season due to wet and muddy conditions, according to a city of Steamboat Springs news release. This closure is done every year when conditions get muddy in order to protect the trails from being damaged and deteriorating. City officials urge people to protect the trails by obeying signs and staying off of them during this season.

Winter coat drive is Friday, Saturday through LIFT-UP

LIFT-UP of Routt County will hold its annual winter coat drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the vacant lot across the street from Natural Grocers, located at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ace at the Curve. There is a particular need for children’s winter coats this year.

If donors are unable to drop off coats Friday or Saturday, coats also may be dropped off from 1 to 5 p.m. through Friday at the LIFT-UP Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court.

Colorado Group Realty is donating the use of its truck to collect coats and providing volunteers, and Ski Town Cleaners generously is cleaning all donated coats for free. Coats will be distributed to those in need from Nov. 7 to 26.

For more information, contact Vicky Ho at admin@springsips.com or 970-870-0727.

Systems ecologist will speak Tuesday at library

Colorado Mountain College’s Business and Sustainability Studies program, along with Bud Werner Memorial Library, will present an evening with systems ecologist Dr. Charles A.S. Hall, a pioneer in the emerging field of biophysical economics, at 6:30 p.m. today at Library Hall.

Dr. Hall will present a talk, “Peak Oil, Declining Net Energy Yields and Your Financial Future,” which will address the interface between the U.S. energy system and the economy.

The event is free, and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore will be on site with copies of Hall’s book, “Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy,” for sale. The author will be available to sign copies after his presentation.

Photography exhibition is at Center for Visual Arts

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., is featuring a month-long exhibition, “Long Day’s Ride — Romance of the Steam Engine, Colorado.” Local photographer Al Reiner takes viewers on a photographic journey back to the glory days of iron, steam and rails. Equally nostalgic yet contemporary in its presentation, Reiner presents a compelling piece of the American West. For more information, visit www.steamboatartcenter.com.

Health Equity Learning Series is Nov. 15 at YVMC

The Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and The Colorado Trust will present the Health Equity Learning Series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Conference Room 1. Those attending will watch a livestream of the event as it happens in Denver. Nationally renowned presenters will share their knowledge and increase awareness so that people may have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where they live. Free lunch will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made emailing Janie Dunckley at jdunckley@nwcovna.org.

Library offers storytime 6 days per week for children

Bud Werner Memorial Library currently offers storytime six days per week for various ages. The schedule is as follows: 10:30 a.m. Mondays, storytime with craft, ages 2 to 5; 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m Tuesdays, toddler storytime, ages 1 to 3; 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, preschool storytime, ages 3 to 5; 10:30 a.m. Fridays, storytime with craft, ages 2 to 5; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Spanish storytime, all ages, six-week session through Nov. 23; and 10:30 a.m. Sundays, babytime, ages 0 to 24 months.

Sisters in Steamboat is Nov. 15 to 17 this year

The Sisters in Steamboat weekend will return for the fifth year Nov. 15 to Nov. 17. The theme for this year’s event, which is open to sisters and all women, is “Go with the Flow/Mind, Body and Spirit.” For information on classes, workshops, speakers and all activities, visit www.sistersinsteamboatweekend.eventbrite.com.

Kids Art Show starts Friday at MountainBrew coffee

Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym and MountainBrew coffeehouse will host an opening of their Kids Art Show this weekend. Art created by kids enrolled in the gym’s after-school programs will be featured. The work includes pottery and fine arts and can be viewed at MountainBrew, 427 Oak St. For more information, call the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym at 970-870-0384 or visit www.steamboatartsandcraftsgym.com.

Public may run into logging activity south of Parshall 

Hunters and other public land users could encounter logging activity and increased heavy truck traffic in the coming weeks on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands about 10 miles south of Parshall.

Loggers will be clearing beetle-killed lodgepole pine from BLM lands near Morgan Creek and Mule Creek off of Grand County Road 3 and Cow Creek near C.R. 34. All are in Big Game Management Unit 28.  

Work is expected to begin at Mule Creek within the next several weeks and at Cow and Morgan Creeks this spring. The operations could last about two years.

“We appreciate the public’s patience during these operations,” said Kremmling field manager Stephanie Odell. “The beetle-killed trees are being removed to increase public safety, improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce fire danger.”

For more information, contact the BLM Kremmling Field Office at 970-724-3000. A map of the area being logged is available on www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/kfo.html. 

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