The Steamboat Institute is organizing a flood relief effort to help communities in northern Colorado that have been devastated by historic flooding.
According to a news release, the local organization is collecting supplies, which can be dropped off between 9 and 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Centennial Bank parking lot in Steamboat Springs near the bank’s drive-thru entrance. Requested supplies include: toiletries, bottled water, nonperishable food items, baby formula, diapers, pet food and supplies and livestock supplies, including hay, oats and bridles for horses.
The Steamboat Institute also is seeking a driver and a vehicle to deliver donated supplies to the Greeley/Fort Collins area Wednesday.
Donations also can be made online to one of the following organizations: United Way of Weld County, www.unitedway-weld.org; Community Foundation Serving Greeley/Weld County, www.cfsgwc.org; Foothills United Way (Boulder), www.unitedwayfoothills.org; and the American Red Cross, www.redcross.org.
For more information about the supplies drive, call 970-846-6013.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport offering tours
Beginning this month, Yampa Valley Regional Airport will offer monthly tours that offer a behind-the-scenes look at the airport as well as a presentation of the master plan. Tours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13. Registration is required to Ann McMenamin at 970-276-5001.
United Methodist Church to show malaria documentary
The United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs will be showing the video “A Killer in the Dark” as part of the church’s involvement in a global effort to combat malaria, especially in Africa, where a life is lost every 60 seconds to the disease.
The one-hour documentary will be screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library and will be followed by a Q-and-A session.
According to a news release, the local church has committed to raise $8,000 in support of Imagine No Malaria, a Methodist initiative that also is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation.
“A Killer in the Dark” illustrates the tactics being used by Imagine No Malaria to educate, prevent and treat malaria cases in Africa.
“The United Methodist Church is trying to wipe out malaria,” local organizer Jean Coen said in a news release. “It’s doable.”
Money raised in part goes to purchase insecticide-treated mosquito nets, the most proven weapon to fighting malaria in the underdeveloped world. While malaria largely has been eradicated in the United States, as many as 500 million people are infected each year worldwide, most of them Africans.
Eradicating malaria also involves improving education about the disease, establishing community-based malaria control programs, conducting communications outreach through radio and revitalizing hospitals and clinics to improve treatment across the African continent, the news release stated.
During the local showing of the video, kids from the United Methodist Church in Steamboat will offer “mosquitoes” for sale to help “Stop a Bug.”
For more information about the film or the fundraising effort, call Coen at 970-291-9104.
National Guard members, responders now evacuated
On Sunday, rising waters in Lyons caused Colorado National Guard members and first responders to be added to the list of flood evacuees, according to a news release issued by the Colorado National Guard Public Affairs Office.
At about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, a mix of 51 National Guard members, first responders and civilians, along with five pets, had to be evacuated from the Lyons area.
Flood waters rose so high that even the half-dozen light medium tactical vehicles deployed by the group couldn’t ford the raging water. A break in the weather allowed U.S. Army aviators from the 2nd Battalion, 4th General Support Aviation, to resume flight operations from the Boulder Municipal Airport.
Fort Carson aviators piloting two helicopters – a CH-47 Chinook and a UH-60 Black Hawk – were able to successfully evacuate all 10 civilians and their pets, along with a number of first responders and National Guard members, before weather took another bad turn and aviation operations were suspended again.
“It’s great to provide support to our neighbors and work with such great professionals,” Col. Robert Ault, commander of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, said in the news release. “The first responders have the desire, we have the capabilities and it’s great when we can all come together to help make a difference.”
A total of 20 military helicopters and crews were scheduled to conduct evacuation operations Sunday; however, most were grounded for much of the day as heavy rain and low ceilings hampered visibility, causing flight safety issues for much of the day.
City issues reminder about Stage 2 water restrictions
The city of Steamboat Springs would like to remind readers that Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect.
The city announced in early April that the restrictions would take effect in the four districts that provide water to the Steamboat area: Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District, the City of Steamboat Springs District, the Steamboat II Metro District and the Tree Haus Metro District.
Residential car washing previously was not permitted under Stage 2 restrictions, but area water providers have decided to allow it on scheduled watering days, which include Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays for those with addresses that end in even numbers, and Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for those with odd numbers. Watering is not permitted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or all day Wednesdays. Residents who plan to wash their cars also must use a bucket or spring-loaded hose nozzle with an auto-shutoff. Biodegradable detergent is recommended.
Power washing or hosing down surfaces remains prohibited by the restrictions and water features must meet certain guidelines to prevent water waste. For more information and a list of water-saving tips, go to www.steamboatsprings.net or www.mwwater.com.