Steamboat briefs: Presentation is Wednesday on proposed field house

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The Steamboat Springs Middle School parent information committee will host a field house presentation by local residents Mark Lynch and Kevin Sankey at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the middle school’s Media Center. The proposed field house would be built on top of the middle school’s practice field and provide a place for athletes to train indoors.

Preschool screenings to be held Monday and Tuesday

South Routt Early Learning Center will hold preschool screenings Monday and Tuesday at the center. The developmental screenings will be for fine and gross motor, cognitive skills, speech and language, social skills, vision and hearing. Children living in south Routt who will be 3 years old by Sept. 30 are encouraged to participate. Preschool registration for the 2014-15 school year will be conducted at the screenings. To make an appointment, call 970-638-1065.

Registration being accepted for March 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 in March:

■ 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 Tuesdays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. for seven weeks starting Tuesday.

■ Baby-sitting training/CPR first aid certification: 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 on Mondays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. for eight weeks starting today.

■ Archery: Learn competition shooting using Genesis compound bows. The program will be offered Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. starting Thursday.

Register 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.

Parks visits creates $347.4M in economic benefit to state

A new National Park Service report shows that 302,858 visitors to Dinosaur National Monument in 2012 spent $16,937,000 in communities near the monument. That spending supported 201 jobs in the local area.

“Dinosaur National Monument is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” acting superintendent Mark Foust said in a news release. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the monument as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

“Since the Quarry Exhibit Hall reopened in October 2011, we have seen our visitation return to more normal levels,” Foust said. “This 2012 report gives us the best indicator of the monument’s economic impact on our surrounding communities.”

According to the report, a total of 5,811,546 visitors to Colorado’s national parks in 2012 spent $347.4 million and supported 4,991 jobs statewide.

According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent) and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

To download the report, visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.

Northwest Colorado BOCES to hold preschool screenings

Northwest Colorado BOCES will hold preschool screenings Wednesday and Thursday in Steamboat Springs for those who have questions or concerns about their child’s development. This service is available for children 2 years and 6 months old (by April 1) to 5 years old. There is no charge for the screening, but those interested should call 970-879-0391 to schedule a time.

The screening is for vision, hearing, fine and gross motor, thinking skills, speech and language, and social skills.

The screening will take place at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St.

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