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Steamboat briefs: Local religious leaders host talk about hope, fear in America

Steamboat Springs religious leaders will host "Exploring the Sacred: Hope and Fear in America" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at Bud Werner Memorial Library's Library Hall. The event will feature an interactive discussion on fear and hope in today's culture. According to organizers, the goal of this ongoing discussion series is to address critical issues related to finding meaning in the world.

The discussion will be led by Rev. Catie Greene, with St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Pastor Tim Selby, with the United Methodist Church; Bert Halberstadt, with Har Mishpacha, Steamboat's Jewish community; Father Ernest Bayer, with Holy Name Catholic Church; Tim Olmsted, with the Buddhist Center of Steamboat; and Karen Post, with A Course in Miracles.

The discussion is free and open to the public. Call 970-846-8504 for more information.

CMC local campus set to host free entrepreneurship seminar

A free seminar on the feasibility of starting a new business will be offered at 6 p.m. today at the Colorado Mountain Entrepreneurship Center's meeting room 127.

The program, "How to Start a Business," will offer content on understanding the marketplace, operational challenges, developing a budget and applying for a loan.  This seminar is oriented toward those who have not previously started a business and are looking for planning assistance. 

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Registration is not required. Call 970-870-4491 for more information. Colorado Mountain College, Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sponsor this seminar.

Hayden Library offers eclipse program, glasses today

The Hayden Library will offer a presentation with Ian Cadenhead about how to safely view the solar eclipse at 6 p.m. today. All ages are welcome, and there will be free eclipse-viewing glasses available. Call the library at 970-276-3777 for more information.

Discarded fishing line kills osprey in Northwest Colorado

Fishing line can help anglers reel in the big one, but when monofilament is left carelessly along a lake or river, it can be harmful to wildlife.

In early August, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received a call about a dead osprey on the banks of Trout Creek in the Routt National Forest in Northwest Colorado. The person who made the report said it looked like the bird had been shot.

When CPW Wildlife Officer Andrea Sponseller investigated, she found that the bird had become entangled in fishing line.

"The line was wrapped around the osprey's feet and neck," Sponseller said in a news release. "Anglers should never discard fishing line, hooks or bait along a water way. All of these can be harmful to wildlife."

Every year, throughout the state, CPW receives reports from people who have found birds ensnared by fishing line.

"I've seen quite a few birds tangled and killed by fishing line in the last few years," Sponseller said. "Anglers should just put unneeded line in their pocket or tackle box and then throw it away properly."

Some anglers also clean their catch next to the water and then leave the guts on the bank. That can attract bears and other wildlife.

Fish should be cleaned well away from a lake or river and the entrails disposed of in a dumpster or garbage can.

"If you see discarded line or other fishing gear, please pick it up," Sponseller said. "You'll help keep fishing areas clean and remove a hazard that could kill Colorado's wildlife." Sponseller said.

Hogue Ranch in Routt County set to be honored as Centennial Farm

The Hogue Ranch in Steamboat Springs will be recognized as a Centennial Farm during a special recognition ceremony Aug. 25 at the Colorado State Fair. The Routt County ranch is one of 38 across the state that will receive a certificate signed by the governor as well as the iconic Centennial Farms metal sign during the ceremony. The Hogue Ranch, which has been operating since 1917, is now one of 550 recognized Centennial Farms and Ranches in Colorado.

Steamboat Springs author slated to offer writing course at CMC

Author and journalist Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer will be teaching "The Art of Writing to Heal" in September at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. The course will explore how to make writing easy, how writing helps, how writing may change attitudes and the choices of privacy. The course will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 11  through Oct. 2. For more information, call 970-870-4444.

Advocates group seeks volunteers to serve as victim advocates

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Thirty hours of training is provided and will take place in early February based on participant schedules.

Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested may call Molly or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.

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