Steamboat briefs: 2014 Tour de Steamboat bike event seeks sponsors |

Steamboat briefs: 2014 Tour de Steamboat bike event seeks sponsors

The 2014 Tour de Steamboat, an annual bike event benefitting local nonprofit organizations, is seeking sponsors. The event is July 19 and includes several noncompetitive scenic road rides, VIP tent, BBQ and silent auction. The event attracts riders and volunteers from throughout Colorado and other states. All proceeds benefit four nonprofit organizations: Partners in Routt County, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Routt County Riders and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Various sponsorship levels and benefits are available. For more information about riding, sponsoring or volunteering, visit or call 879-8484.

McMahon, Swanson earn citation for excellence

Alyssa McMahon and Sydney Swanson, both of Steamboat Springs, earned the Dean's Citation for Academic Excellence in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2013 fall semester. To qualify for the citation, business majors must attain a GPA of at least 3.5.

Chief Theater to show 1st episode of documentary

The first episode of "Years of Living Dangerously," a nine-part Showtime documentary television series focusing on climate change, will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger are executive producers of the series, and special correspondents include Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Lesley Stahl and Don Cheadle. The event is free.

Steamboat Springs Summer Camp registration is open

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The city of Steamboat Springs Summer Camp registration now is open for all school-age programs.

The daily rate for summer camp is $35 per day if registered on or before May 15. Registration will increase to $40 per day starting May 16.

■ The ASSET Camps will continue this summer. Theseweek-long camps teach a specific skill set and include horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking, archery and theater. All ASSET Camps are for kids entering third to sixth grades. Space is limited. There is a special before and after care program for kids who are enrolled in Camp Invention during the week of June 16 to 20, and swim lessons through Old Town Hot Springs are available the same week. All daily summer camp programs will operate from June 15 to Aug. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m Mondays through Fridays.

■ Mini-Sprouts preschool program for potty trained 3- to 5-year-olds will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 24 to Aug. 7, and activities will include swim lessons, library story-time and nature rangers.

■ New this year are Teen Adventure Treks. On select Fridays throughout the summer, kids entering seventh to ninth grades can participate in trips that will include rock climbing, Silverthorn Rec center, Craig wave pool, hiking Hahn's Peak and more.

Registration materials for all programs can be picked up at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office at 245 Howelsen Parkway or online registration is available through

VNA seeking participants for a 16-week health program

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking for individuals interested in participating in a free 16-week program in Steamboat Springs.

The health program is aimed at helping patients at risk of developing chronic health conditions lose weight and become better educated about nutrition, stress management, physical activity, realistic goals and other factors involved in good health.

The program is free and open to any residents of Routt and Moffat counties. For more information, call 970-871-7634.

Earth Day Film Festival at the library starts Tuesday
Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's Sustainable Schools program present a two-night film festival in honor of Earth Day 2014.
Screenings are:
■ Tuesday: "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet" is a 2012 documentary film about the history of grass-roots environmental activism by the Academy Award-nominated director Mark Kitchell, narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende.
■ Wednesday: "YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip" is a multi-award-winning docu-comedy about three friends, 50 states and one wild year as they are called to action by a planet in peril, traveling America with hope and humor to explore the good, the bad and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises.
The films screen at 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall and are free, but donations will be accepted in support of the Steamboat Springs Middle School Green Team program and current fundraising efforts for ozone-monitoring equipment to be able to participate in the Global Ozone Project, an online resource to organize and collect ozone emissions data throughout North America.
More information can be found at

Atmos Energy reminds to prevent gas 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.

VNA offers low-cost birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Community Health Center offers 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.

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