Steamboat briefs: AARP Smart Driving class slated for 1 p.m. Thursday
July 6, 2014
An AARP Smart Driving class, sponsored by the Routt County Council on Aging, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The course is designed to help drivers 50 and older compensate for age-related changes. Many millions of people have taken this course, and it has been shown to reduce the number of accidents and severity of injuries in those accidents for those who took the class as compared with the same age group who did not.
The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. State law requires insurance companies to give a discount to those having taken the class, which is good for three years.
Jane and Bud Romberg have been teaching this program for the past 19 years. For more information or to register, call 970-879-0064.
Steamboat has 4 sites for electronics recycling
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and partners offer four drop-off locations in Steamboat Springs for the public to safely and responsibly recycle used small personal electronics for free. An expanded list of items, ranging from laptops and smaller, now can be taken to the YVSC office at 141 Ninth St.
Accepted electronics include: old cellphones, smartphones, cellphone batteries and chargers, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets, AirCards and Bluetooth, ink and toner cartridges, laptops, GPS devices and headphones. Additional drop-off locations for all these items include the Steamboat Springs middle and high school front offices when school is in session.
All of the smaller items, aside from tablets and laptops, also may be deposited in the existing cellphone collection box in the Wells Fargo Bank lobby in downtown Steamboat. In addition to providing a service to the community, the collections help fund the YVSC Sustainable Schools program. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City asks for feedback on potential police station
The city of Steamboat Springs is asking residents to provide feedback on potential sites for a new police facility at http://www.steamboatsprings.net/newpolicefacility. The site includes information about the history of the current police headquarters, the process used to selecting potential sites, the pros and cons of each site, and a detailed map. For more information, contact Director of General Services Anne Small at 970-871-8249 or email@example.com.
US Forest Service offers maps accessed via app
Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.
Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.
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 the museum's volunteer coordinator at 970-879-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brain injury support group meets 2nd Friday of month
A new brain injury support group has formed and the group will meet the second Friday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hayden Public Library, 201 E. Jefferson Ave.
The group is for individuals living with brain injuries, Parkinson's disease, strokes, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The support group will:
■ Engage in a community conversation about brain injuries, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy and strokes.
■ Discuss housing, transportation, home community-based attendant services, employment and social/recreational opportunities.
■ Discuss logistics for ongoing effort to identify brain injury goals and provide mutual support.
■ Share information about services available and discuss working together to leverage capacity through collaboration.
■ Discuss agencies and people that provide services.
The group will be facilitated by Leigh Erceg. For more information or to RSVP, call 209-605-3701. If you need transportation, call Jerry Van Voorst, with the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence, at 970-620-3897.
VNA looks for 16-week program participants
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.
Steamboat's Kiwanis club looking for new members
Steamboat Springs' Kiwanis club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community as well as attending weekly meetings on Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and is Steamboat's oldest service club. For more information, call Bud at 970-879-0064 or Johanna at 970-879-0211.
Atmos Energy: Help prevent 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.