Steamboat briefs: Road, trail leading to Rabbit Ears is closed temporarily

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Forest Service Road 291, a four-wheel drive route and trail that leads to Rabbit Ears Peak in the Dumont Lake area, is closed temporarily because of the removal of hazard trees, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Weather permitting, the roadside work should move quickly to minimize the closure. Currently, cutting units are scattered from the junction with Forest Road 311 (Base Camp Road) to the terminus at Rabbit Ears.

Roadside hazard tree logging has been occurring in the area all season with operations moving south to north. Forest Road 291 has remained open all summer, while the Base Camp Road and Forest Road 315 were closed for roadside work, the news release said. Base Camp Road and Forest Road 315 now are open.

This current closure will not affect the Dumont Recreation Area but may affect parking near the Rabbit Ears trailhead and access to the Peak.

The project is on the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District of the Routt National Forest.

Forest visitors should expect to encounter log trucks traveling the 315 Road and then entering U.S. Highway 40. Forest Service officials remind those visiting the area to be aware of and avoid heavy equipment operating in the area and to avoid entering areas that are posted as closed.

Kiwanis Club hosting voter, candidate information forums

The Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs will host a series of candidate and voter information forums ahead of the November election. The lunchtime forums are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

■ Today: Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland will discuss the voting process, various ballot types and the two state issues on the ballot.

■ Oct. 1: Steamboat Springs School Board candidates for District 1, Roger Good and Tony Rosso, and District 2, Joey Andrew. Not all of the candidates have confirmed their attendance.

Registration is required by noon on the Monday prior to the forum by calling 970-879-0633. The cost for lunch is $6 or $3 for those older than 60.

Artposia literature, art event is Thursday at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Colorado Art Ranch and The Nature Conservancy will present “Artposia,” a public forum designed for people who appreciate literature, contemporary art and the multidisciplinary exploration of ideas, on Thursday. The free evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m., features Joseph Chinnock, Amy Kaczur and Susan Knight, three Colorado Art Ranch artists participating in the 2013 Art + Land/Water Residency at the Carpenter Ranch. The artists will offer a slideshow and talk about their creative work and its intersection with the land and water in the Yampa Valley. For more information, visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/events. 

Get Connected youth, teen expo event is on Oct. 2

Routt County Youth Services Coalition will host a Get Connected youth and teen expo on Oct. 2. The inaugural event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Youth and teens in kindergarten through 12th grades, guardians and families are invited to attend the free event, which will provide information about youth programs and services in the county. There will be prize drawings, food and drinks. For more information, visit www.youthinroutt.org or call Suzy at 970-879-2135, ext. 4.

Boys & Girls Club seeking donated recreational items

The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado is seeking donations of the following items: a sturdy pingpong table, baseball/softball mitts for youths ages 6 to 13, XBOX 360 and Wii game systems with games, small Legos, a 30-inch or larger flat-screen TV and two patio tables with chairs and umbrellas. Donations can be made from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the club, 325 Seventh St., or by calling 970-871-3160.

VNA offers low-cost birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

VNA is seeking volunteers for its Hospice program

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers for its Hospice program.

Direct service volunteers may provide transportation, run errands, provide respite to relieve the primary caregiver, do household chores, read to the patient or sit and listen to them. Volunteers also assist in bereavement, community outreach and fund development. Volunteers who work with patients must complete a 20-hour training program and make a commitment to be available for at least one year.

Those who are interested should contact Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682 in Craig or Katy Thiel in Steamboat at 970-871-7628.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact Jill Lindstrom at 970-879-2214 or storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

VNA offers a free texting program to quit smoking

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds young adult smokers that a free text message program is available to help them quit tobacco.

SmokefreeTXT is a free mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show support, including text message programs, significantly can improve a person’s chance for success.

To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or go to www.smokefree.gov. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion also is looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

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