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Steamboat briefs: BLM lifts fire restrictions in NW Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions in the Little Snake and White River field offices in Northwest Colorado.

Recent rains have lessened the fire danger, but fire officials still urge the public to exercise caution when dealing with fire.

"A lower fire danger doesn't mean no fire danger," said Northwest Unit Fire Management Officer Colt Mortenson in a news release. "Conditions vary by day and by location, so people still need to be careful and use common sense."

Fire officials remind visitors to practice fire safety.

Keep campfires small and under control.

Put your campfires dead out. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.

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Keep a shovel and water nearby to douse escaped embers.

Do not park or idle vehicles in tall dry grass. The heat from the vehicle can spark a wildfire.

Do not allow chains to drag from vehicle or trailers being towed.

Fireworks are never allowed on federally managed lands.

"We appreciate the public's cooperation and patience during this summer's fire restrictions," Mortenson said.

Coca-Cola Adventure Zone to be closed Friday night, Saturday

The Coca-Cola Adventure Zone will be closed the evening of Friday, Aug. 11 and all day Saturday, Aug. 12 during the Steamboat Wine Festival. On Friday, the Adventure Zone will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and day passes will be half- off. Mini-golf will remain open until 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Adventure Zone will be closed, but mini-golf will remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The Adventure Zone will resume normal hours Sunday. The gondola and Steamboat Bike Park will remain open all weekend.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival kids coloring contest now open

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival kids coloring contest is underway. The crane drawing, designed by art teacher Rose Swenson, is available at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Ciao Gelato, Creekside Cafe and Yampatika. The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website at, coloradocranes.org.

Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it back to these same locations by today. Winners will be notified in late August, and awards will be given out at a special ceremony at the library Aug. 31, the opening night of the festival. All contest entries will be displayed at the library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Applications available for Leadership Steamboat class

Leadership Steamboat accepting applications for 2017-18 class.

The nine-month professional development program focuses on enhancing individual leadership skills, increasing understanding of how the community works and meeting professional leaders who guide the community and its businesses. Participants will work with national experts on leadership skills and local civic and business leaders who will share their insights on how things get done in the Yampa Valley.

At the initial meeting in September, the class will establish priorities for the issues and community concerns they would like to learn more about. Each year, the class identifies a community need and takes on a group project to solve that need through collaboration and project management.

Recent group projects include recycling containers along Lincoln Avenue, attractive benches in the downtown area, Yampa Valley Gives fundraising campaign, the Catch the Drift Yampa River education and environmental awareness program, the installment of a sidewalk enabling the local food bank and LiftUp of Routt County to expand operations and, last year, partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to bring the MADD victim impact panel to Steamboat Springs.

After an initial day-and-a-half orientation in late September, the class meets one Friday each month through early June 2018. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.

For information on the program, cost and an application, visit steamboatchamber.com/leadership or call Kara Stoller at 970-875-7007. The deadline for applications is Sept. 1.

Leadership Steamboat is a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association.

Hayden Library names final Reader of the Week

Hayden Library has selected 7-year-old Emma Stanczak as the final reader of the week for its summer reading program. Emma and her brother, Jimmy, age 5; mom, Amy; and dad, Mark, have been coming to the library since Emma was born. They check out many books and love reading them

Emma said she wants to be a scientist and an engineer when she grows up, but in the meantime, she enjoys playing with her best friend Debany and her other friends Emily and Angelina.

Emma's favorite colors are purple, pink and blue, and her favorite foods are lamb and spinach. She likes watching the TV show "Odd Squad" and the Barbie movie. Her favorite sports are swimming and baseball, and she likes reading the Geronimo Stilton series, especially "The Wild, Wild West" and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, by Jeff Kinney. 

The family traveled to San Diego for a vacation before Emma enters second grade. When asked what advice she would give other readers, she said, "Reading is really fun and good for your brain."

Steamboat Arts Council in search of  proposals

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be awarding $5,000 to art projects in the community through its Regrant Program. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 10, and grants will be awarded Oct. 19.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's 2017 Re-Granting program will grant funds in the area of arts and culture. Any organization currently receiving program or operational support from the city of Steamboat Springs is not eligible. Recipients of Arts and Culture Coalition grants from the city also are not eligible. An impartial committee made up of members of the Arts Council board of directors and representatives of the business, civic and arts community will review all proposals.

Grants will be awarded in organization development; project development/organization; project development/individual; individual artist fellowship; and artist honorarium. Visit steamboatarts.org for more information.

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