Steamboat briefs: Documentary screening is Monday followed by Q-and-A

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The documentary “Access to the Danger Zone” screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The film provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts and explores the strategies that Doctors Without Borders uses to save lives in the world’s worst war zones, including Afghanistan, Somalia and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

After the film, Steamboat Springs Doctors Without Borders volunteers Laraine Martin (South Sudan) and Joanne Erickson (Uganda) will lead a Q-and-A about their experiences. They will be joined by other former Doctors Without Borders volunteers from across Colorado.

Coffee and a Newspaper is Oct. 4 at Hayden Granary

A special Hayden Coffee and a Newspaper will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary, 198 E. Lincoln Ave. The event will be hosted by Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman, and free coffee and muffins will be provided by Wild Goose. For more information, contact Schlichtman at 970-871-4221 or lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com.

Parks and Wildlife will close a section of Stagecoach

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will close the 0.60-mile tailwater section of Stagecoach State Park beginning today when a fishery and habitat restoration project is scheduled to begin, according to a news release. The tailwaters will remain closed for the rest of the year.

Routt County Road 18 to Sarvis Creek and Pleasant Valley will remain open through the fall; but parking along the county road is prohibited. Hunters accessing the Blacktail Conservation Easement can find alternate parking locations for the 2013 hunting seasons at the dam parking lot and the C.R. 18 parking lot. In addition, hunters can access the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement via the Adams State Wildlife Area off C.R. 14.

The restoration project will restore habitats and improve the overall fishery resource. The project’s goals include creating specific angler access points that will minimize stream bank erosion and preserve the area for future generations.  

The cooperative project with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is being funded through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Fishing is Fun program, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Trout Unlimited and private donors.

For more information about the project, go to www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/stagecoach/Pages/StagecoachStatePark.aspx or call Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436 or aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson at 970-871-2868.

Entrepreneurship Center is hosting business plan contest

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center again is hosting a Business Plan Competition. In its second year, the program encourages well-written, comprehensive business plans to help solicit funding from investors or lenders and promote the vision of the business to partners, key employees and customers, according to a news release.

The city of Steamboat Springs is offering $10,000 to the creators of the winning business plan and $5,000 to the second-place plan. The winner also will receive three months of office space in the Entrepreneurship Center as well as other business education opportunities.

Plans are due by Monday to Randy Rudasics before they are presented in early October to a panel of judges including Yampa Valley SCORE business counselors and a regional business consultant. Guidelines, rules and judging criteria are available at www.coloradomtn.edu/yvec or by calling Rudasics at 970-870-4491.

Registration now is being accepted for teen programs

Registration for Middle School Teen Programs will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The following $100 programs are being offered:

■ Girls Reaching Out Wider: Learn about health, outdoor activities, leadership development and arts and crafts. Weekly activities include pottery, jewelry making, self-defense, yoga, swimming, public speaking and community service projects. For girls in sixth through eighth grades. Session one will be held on Tuesdays from Tuesday through Oct. 29, and session two will be Tuesdays from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17.

■ Archery: Learn competition shooting using Genesis compound bows. The program will be offered Thursdays from Thursday to Oct. 24.

■ Baby-sitting training: Learn the business of baby-sitting, child development and correct techniques for playing with all ages of children as well as holding, changing and feeding infants and toddlers. This class also will include child and infant CPR and first aid. It will be held Mondays from Oct. 28 to Dec. 16.

Register by today at www.steamboatsprings.net/teen or at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department, at 245 Howelsen Parkway. Some scholarships are available. Contact Kate Warnke at 970-879-4300 or kwarnke@steamboatsprings.net for more information.

Integrated Community seeks English teaching volunteers

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to teach English. The in-home tutoring program trains and matches volunteers with limited English speaking community members. Get to know residents from other cultures while helping them learn English. For more information, call Roddy at 970-620-1513.

Integrated Community also is looking for volunteers to help with its Resource and Referral program. Practice your Spanish skills while assisting community members from other cultures. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

Habitat ReStore is open and seeking volunteers

Steamboat’s newly expanded Habitat ReStore is open in Riverside Plaza and needs volunteers to help price and sell donated furniture, lighting and building supplies. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 970-367-8001.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Mainstreet Steamboat is looking for design volunteers

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Design Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee focuses on how downtown Steamboat looks and functions. Some of the projects of the committee have included the downtown bus shelters; adopting Eagle Scout Park for cleanup, plantings and ongoing maintenance; assistance with the design and execution of the streetscape plan on Lincoln Avenue; and flower baskets. Upcoming projects will include the the Yampa Street revitalization and advocacy for sidewalks on Oak Street. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 for more information or to sign up for a meeting reminder email list.

Readers reminded of rules for agriculture burning

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to remind readers about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning:

■ Contact the Routt County Sheriff’s Office in advance at 970-879-1090.

■ Don’t burn on windy days and know the forecast weather conditions for your burn day (available at www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt).

■ Notify your neighbors so they don’t call in a fire report.

■ Have a shovel and water nearby to extinguish the fire.

■ Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop.

■ Never leave a fire unattended.

If an agricultural or debris fire damages private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the costs.

Haven offers respite care for older adults in Hayden

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden offers daytime and overnight respite care for older adults who need supervision. The Adult Activity and Care program is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The program includes lunch, activities and help with personal care needs. The cost is $75 per day or $50 for a half-day. Temporary overnight care is available for as many as 30 days for qualified individuals. Clients with memory care needs are welcome at a cost of $100 per day.

The Haven, which does not provide skilled nursing care, also has private and shared rooms available for qualified older adults. The Haven accepts Medicaid. For more information, go to www.havenseniorliving.com or call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

VNA offers immunizations for underinsured/uninsured

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $21.50 immunizations for adults who are uninsured/underinsured including measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, chicken pox, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B.

The VNA also is offering a vaccine for shingles. Adults ages 60 and older who are low income and uninsured may qualify to receive the vaccine for a $21.50 fee through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program. Apply for the program by scheduling an appointment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend being vaccinated against meningitis for youths ages 11 to 18 as well as those ages 19 to 21 who attend college. College students younger than 22 who received a vaccine before age 16 should receive a booster.

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