Steamboat briefs: Parks and Wildlife warns about moose encounters

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding readers that moose can be aggressive when dogs and humans get too close. State wildlife officials caution that the large ungulates see dogs as a threat because of their similarities with wolves, the primary predator of moose, according to a news release.

“Almost all incidents with aggressive moose involve dogs getting too close to the animal,” Hot Sulphur Springs wildlife manager Lyle Sidener said in the release. “In most cases, a threatened moose will naturally react and try to stomp on the dog. The frightened dog will typically run back to its owner bringing an angry, thousand-pound moose with it.”

If you encounter a moose, give it plenty of room. Signs that a moose is agitated by your presence include a lowered head, ears pinned back, raised hackles, swaying back and forth and licking its snout. If a moose charges you, run away as fast as possible and try to put a tree, vehicle or other large object in between you and the moose. If you are knocked down, get up and try to get away. Do not stay on the ground.

Find more information and tips about moose watching at www.wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Mammals/Pages/MooseCoun try2.aspx.

Community blood drive is set for Friday at hospital

A community blood drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, call Bonfils Appointment Center at 1-800-365-0006, option 2, or sign up at www.bonfils.org, site code 0234. Walk-ins are welcome from 4 to 5:30 p.m. as space permits. Eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood.

Volunteer victim advocates needed for on-call services

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is seeking volunteer victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Training will be provided in the fall according to participant schedules. Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested are asked to call Laura or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information. 

Learn to build a winning sales call at Thursday class

A workshop about how to build winning sales calls is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Conference Room 127 at the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center. The class will cover how to make every sales call count, control the flow of every sales call, avoid bad surprises in the call and fit each sales call into an overall account plan. The class will be led by Andy Blackstone, who is a sales executive and consultant as well as the author of “Small Changes.” The class is $10, and registration is required to 970-870-4491.

Solandt Memorial Hospital offers community services

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building in Hayden for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203. Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327. Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123. Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, M.A., by calling 970-213-5418.

Readers reminded aboout steps to report a wildfire

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to remind readers of the steps to report a wildfire:

  1. Call 911.

  2. If you’re near the fire, move out of the fire area and monitor.

  3. Account for others with you and move them to safety.

  4. State your name and phone number to dispatchers in case more information is needed.

  5. Give the location from which you’re seeing the fire or smoke.

  6. Give the location of the fire, including the direction of the fire from where you’re standing, the nearest road or highway and the closest landmark.

  7. Tell the dispatcher what’s burning (sagebrush, grass, trees, etc.).

  8. Estimate the fire’s size. If you can’t estimate an acreage, try comparing it to something like a football field.

  9. Tell the dispatchers whether you see flames or smoke.

Never attempt to extinguish the blaze yourself. Give as much information as possible to dispatchers and allow firefighters to fight the fire.

“Having the public reporting fires allows us to respond quicker and work to keep incidents small,” Bureau of Land Management Fire Management Officer Colt Mortenson said in the news release. 

Fire danger is high in Moffat County and moderate in Jackson, Grand, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

Steamboat Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or mucklow@wildblue.net.

Take steps for prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning

Atmos Energy is reminding customers to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and prolonged exposure can be fatal. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, call 911, stop using the suspected gas appliance until it has been inspected, and call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667.

To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

■ Install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors where bedrooms are located.

■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage.

■ Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances and portable heaters have proper ventilation systems.

■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters, and change furnace filters regularly.

■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source.

■ Do not use charcoal indoors.

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