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Steamboat briefs: Colorado PIRG plans outreach in Steamboat Springs

Colorado Public Interest Research Group organizers are going door-to-door across Colorado, building support to protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a news release from Colorado PIRG. The group will be organizing in Steamboat Springs during July and plans to knock on 1,600 doors, have 600 conversations and collect 200 petitions from local residents.

"We're working to make sure that Coloradans are protected from shady Wall Street practices," said Danny, Colorado PIRG campaign director."

Eight years ago, reckless behavior on Wall Street cost millions of Americans their college savings, their retirement accounts and even their homes. After that crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established. Its sole job is to make sure big banks and financial companies don't take advantage of average consumers.

The Financial Choice Act, which was recently voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives, would have a devastating effect on the capacity of regulators to protect the public interest and defend consumers and investors from future Wall Street wrongdoing and the economy from financial risks created by too-big-to-fail financial institutions, the release stated.

City's youth hunter education class slated to begin July 17

The city of Steamboat Springs' Summer A.S.S.E.T. Camps have partnered with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to offer a full Hunter Education certification class. This certification is required before applying for a Colorado hunting license.

The class, designed for 10- to 14-year-olds, will be held Monday through Friday, July 17 through 21, with classroom sessions in the morning and activities in the afternoon when hunter education participants will join the city's summer camp program, visiting the Old Town Hot Springs, Stagecoach Reservoir, playing disc golf and much more.

Friday's class will include a live fire portion, and parents are welcome and encouraged to join. For more information, or to register, visit steamboatsprings.net/summer or call 970-879-4300.

Hayden Public Library to host anti-bullying workshop

Local author Trish Carpenter will present an anti-bullying workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, July 17, at the Hayden Public Library. The program is open to all ages. There will be opportunities to draw and write stories about bullying, and small awards will be given to young people who display outstanding efforts. The program will conclude with a reading of the book "Katie and the Crayons."

Yampa Valley Crane Festival photo contest underway

The 2017 Yampa Valley Crane Festival Photo Contest is currently underway. Photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs of sandhill cranes by email to cranefestphoto@gmail.com. Two submissions per person are allowed. Photographers must indicate their entry category: professional, amateur or youth (younger than 18). Along with each photo, the entrant must include the photographer's name, age, phone number, location of photo, date it was taken and a title for the image.

Photos submitted to the photo contest must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 13. Winners will be announced, and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at coloradocranes.org.