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Steamboat briefs: Local city manager to join council at Farmers Market

Starting Saturday, the Steamboat Springs City Council will host a booth at the Farmers Market, and each week, a special guest will join the council members.

Saturday's guest will be Gary Suiter, who recently completed his first year as city manager. Going forward, various city departments, other elected officials and organizations associated with a particular topic of community interest will participate in the booth with the council through the remainder of the summer. The City Council stand is located in stall #48 and is staffed from 9 to 11 a.m. during the Farmers Market, which runs every Saturday through Sept. 16.  This is an informal way for citizens and visitors to meet council members, ask a question and discuss areas of interest.

Bike polo tournament to be held Saturday in Steamboat

In partnership with Main Street Steamboat and Bike Town USA, there will be a community bike polo tournament from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Market in downtown Steamboat Springs. Bike Polo is a team sport, similar to traditional polo, except bicycles are used instead of horses. The event will follow most hardcourt rules.

The organizing group is currently seeking teams and/or individuals to play in the event. No experience is necessary, but participants must bring their own bikes. Mallets will be available. Email helenlindabrown@gmail.com for more information or to sign up to play.

Volunteers needed for Tour de Steamboat cycling event

The Tour de Steamboat cycling event on July 22 is a non-competitive ride offering four distance options — from 26 to 116 miles — for cyclists of all ages and abilities. All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat benefit local nonprofits, Partners in Routt County, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Routt County Riders and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions leading up to the event and the day of the ride. To sign up to volunteer on the course or during the post-ride barbecue, email abislingsby@gmail.com. To sign up for course marking prior to the ride or set-up or cleanup at the post-ride barbecue, visit signup.com/go/iardgNe.

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All volunteers receive a Tour de Steamboat T-shirt and a ticket for the barbecue. More information about the event can be found at tourdesteamboat.com.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Buff Pass trail scheduled

The U.S. Forest Service, the city of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Saturday during the Steamboat Farmers Market to officially open and announce the name of the second 2A trail on Buffalo Pass.

Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, the city, Bike Town USA, Routt County Riders, the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund and the 2A Trails Committee will be in attendance.

The new scenic trail begins and ends near the top of Spring Creek trail, approximately a mile from the Dry Lake parking lot. This beginner-level trail features a gradual grade and 360-degree vistas at the top. The new trail was constructed in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs Accommodation Tax and Routt County Riders.

In 2013, Referendum 2A was passed by local voters, repurposing a large portion of a municipal accommodation tax to develop area trails. The 2A Trails Steering Committee was established to plan and prioritize the trails projects.

Take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and West Nile

Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against mosquitos, which can carry West Nile virus, and offers these tips for avoiding mosquito bites.

  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.
  • Limit outdoor activities, or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.
  • Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than 2 months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, visit healthychildren.org .

West Nile virus is rare, but those who have symptoms, including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, are advised to contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, visit cdc.gov/westnile.

Hayden Library names 5th Reader of the Week

Carden Cucuel is Hayden Public Library's fifth Reader of the Week. Carden, 7, is a big fan of Harry Potter. He has been reading the novels for the first time, and his parents Julie and Keane are surprising him with a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California. Carden also received a complete set of the novels by J.K. Rowling as a gift.  Carden will be a second-grader at Hayden Elementary School, where his mom is a teacher. His best friends are Fisher, Lynx, Eddie and Cece. He enjoys playing soccer for the town team, and, along with his dad, he is learning to play many musical instruments, including violin, clarinet, spoons, recorder, trumpet, saxophone and electric guitar.

When he grows up, he wants to become a "constructional engineer." When asked what that is, he replied, "Someone who designs, builds and blows up their own buildings." 

Carden's favorites include the color red, ramen noodles, the movie "Sahara" and studying math in school. The family has a 14-year-old Chihuahua named Moto. Besides, the surprise visit to California, the family will also be traveling to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Carden also enjoys the outdoors, including skiing, riding his bicycle and his pogo stick and being out in nature.

Clark resident Griffin named to Deans' List at university

Hannah Griffin, of Clark, made the academic Deans' List at Azusa Pacific University in southern California. A psychology major, Griffin earned the academic honor by maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or better.

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