Steamboat briefs: City of Steamboat offers tips to prepare for runoff

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The city of Steamboat Springs has released its annual tip sheet to help property owners prepare for the potential of high water this spring from area rivers and streams.

In a news release, city officials said the current forecast from the National Resource Conservation Service forecast calls for above average river flows in Colorado from April through July.

Butcherknife Creek and other low lying areas in Steamboat already may be entering peak runoff, officials wrote.

To prepare for potential high water, the city advises property owners to:

■ Remove outdoor furniture, firewood, landscape debris, branches that might have fallen during the October 2013 snow storm, construction materials, etc., from the vicinity of the waterway to prevent blockages of culverts and drainages.

■ Check your property’s floodplain or floodplain status.

■ Review Routt County’s high water preparedness guide.

■ Follow weather forecasts and take additional precautions during heavy spring storms. Rain or snow events and warm temperatures can increase the risk of high water and flash floods.

■ If you live in a frequently flooded area, keep materials, such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and other materials on hand to help protect your property.

The city’s streets department will deliver sand and sandbags for residential properties that need them, according to the news release.

For more information, call the city at 970-879-1807.

Primary to decide who will run aganist Mitsch-Bush

There will be a primary on the Republican side for Colorado House District 26.

Routt County residents Dave Moloney and Chuck McConnell made the ballot during Friday’s district assembly in Denver. The winner of the June 24 primary will challenge Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs.

Moloney, with 29 delegates, will be the top name on the ballot, and McConnell will be second, with 23 delegates, according to Routt County Republican party chairwoman Tina Kyprios.

“We had a couple other folks stand up and speak about how fortunate we are to have two folks running,” Kyprios said.

Whoever wins the primary, the party will get behind, she said.

This will be the only primary race for Routt County voters of either major party.

Steamboat Springs resident Gaylon Kent is the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate. There will be no Libertarian primary for the race.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of April 14

■ Steamboat Springs School District

Monday: Mongolian roasted pork and rice

Tuesday: beef taco, hard or soft shell

Wednesday: pasta Bologna style or Alfredo sauce

Thursday: meatball sub

Friday: homemade pizza, gluten-free available

■ Hayden School District

Monday: chicken parmesan, long grain and wild rice, peas and carrots, sliced peaches, milk

Tuesday: pigs in a blanket, three bean salad, coleslaw, oranges, milk

Wednesday: roast pork with gravy, roasted sweet potatoes, cucumber rice salad, tropical fruit salad, milk

Thursday: chicken salad sandwich, hummus and crackers, spinach salad, banana bread, milk

Friday: turkey dogs, broccoli and cauliflower, mixed fruit salad, Jell-o, milk

Beef burrito available daily at high school.

■ South Routt School District

Monday: chicken tortilla soup, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Tuesday: macaroni and cheese, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Wednesday: turkey and tomato in a pita, cheese stick, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Thursday: baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, roll, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Friday: cheeseburger, spicy fries, fruit and veggie bar, milk

■ Heritage Christian School

Monday: Ciao Gelato: stromboli and marinara sauce, tossed salad, gelato, drink

Tuesday: MountainBrew: turkey twister wrap, fruit, cookie, drink

Wednesday: Qdoba Mexican Grill: chicken quesadilla, pinto beans, tortilla chips and salsa, drink

Thursday: Beau Jo’s Mountain Bistro: pizza slice, drink

Friday: Half day, no lunch

Council on Aging menus for the week of April 14

■ Steamboat Springs Community Center 

Monday: sausage, peppers and onions, rice pilaf, carrots, cookies

Tuesday: lasagna, tossed salad, broccoli, carrot cake

Thursday: beef brisket, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, bread pudding

Friday: chicken broccoli Alfredo, Caesar salad, apple cobbler

■ Hayden American Legion Hall

Tuesday: lasagna, tossed salad, broccoli, carrot cake

Thursday: beef brisket, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, bread pudding

■ South Routt Community Center

Monday: sausage, peppers and onions, rice pilaf, carrots, cookies

Wednesday: lasagna, tossed salad, broccoli, carrot cake

Friday: chicken broccoli Alfredo, Caesar salad, apple cobbler

All lunches are served at noon. There is a recommended donation of $3 per lunch for those 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. A $30 punch card is good for 10 lunches for seniors 60 and older or five lunches for those younger than 60. Find detailed menus at www.rccoaging.org. Call 970-879-0633 to make a lunch reservation, request Meals on Wheels or arrange for a van pickup.

Holy Name Catholic Church to host sneak peek tour

Holy Name Catholic Church at 504 Oak St. is allowing people to get a sneak peek of the new addition with a hard hat tour at 3 p.m. Saturday. It will be led by architect Bob Sass.

Reserve your spot by emailing rcarpenter@gbdesignbuild.com.

Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale auction is Saturday

The Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale is Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. This year, 29 bulls will be sold at the live auction. Animals will be ready for viewing after 10 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the auction starting at 1 p.m.

This is an opportunity for local cattle producers to buy and sell top quality bulls and heifers. The cattle are acclimated to the topography and climate of the area, and the sale has a quality reputation with prices competitive with other auctions.

The sale is developed by local organizations to assist local producers, such as Community Agriculture Alliance, Routt County Cattlewomen and the CSU Routt County Extension office.

For more information, call Marsha Daughenbaugh at 970-879-4370.

CPW biologist Atkinson honored with merit award

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist Bill Atkinson, of Steamboat Springs, is the 2014 Max Rollefson Award of Merit recipient. The award recognizes his dedication and hard work on critical aquatic wildlife management projects in Yampa Valley.

The award was presented by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at its annual banquet meeting Sunday.

“Bill Atkinson is truly one of our finest,” said Senior Aquatic Biologist Sherman Hebein, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “His ability to inspire cooperation from a wide variety of people is one of his many strengths, and it has paid tangible dividends in what he has been able to accomplish.”

Atkinson led two, large-scale habitat improvement projects on the Yampa River, one near Steamboat Springs and the other at Stagecoach Reservoir. The projects improve access to anglers while enhancing critical, native and sport fish habitat along the river.

“These were major, labor intensive projects and are very significant for local fisheries,” said Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins, of Steamboat Springs. “Bill’s efforts were enormous. Due to his tenacity, leadership and going above and beyond, our anglers will benefit and so will our native fish recovery efforts.”

Atkinson also headed a major reclamation effort on Circle Creek that enabled the resurrection of a core metapopulation of cutthroat trout in California Park, near the Wyoming border.

Atkinson, a native of New York, began his career at Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 1998 as a Fisheries Technician conducting whirling disease research. He was hired as the Hot Sulphur Springs/Steamboat Springs Aquatic Biologist in 2003.

“It’s a great honor and I’m proud of the recognition from my peers,” Atkinson said. “It’s a cliche to say that ‘I’m just doing my job,’ but that is truly the way I see it. Bottom line, I couldn’t have done it without the help, cooperation and assistance of numerous people, both within the agency and the public, and to them, I am very grateful.” 


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