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Steamboat briefs: Lolo Thornton awarded Montana State scholarship

The Lowell Whiteman School senior Lolo Thornton has earned a presidential scholarship at Montana State University, where she will start studying in the fall.

Thornton said the scholarship will cover her tuition at the campus, and she earned it after an extensive application process that had her write four essays.

The scholarship was offered after interviews at the campus in Bozeman, Mont.

Thornton said she is undecided what she wants to study but is leaning toward studying environmental science and international affairs.

Paving projects across city streets to begin Monday

The paving projects in the city of Steamboat Springs are expected to begin Monday. The following streets or sections will be overlayed:

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Overlook Drive from Clubhouse to Ranch Road, Val D'Isere from Après Ski Way to Laurel Lane, Burgess Creek Road, Montview, River Road, Hill Street, Walton Creek Road, West End Village, North Park Road, Bob Adams Drive, 12th Street, Sundance Court, Cheyenne Court and Maple Street.

For more information, call Doug Marsh at the Public Works Shop at 970-879-1807.

'Getting the Most From Your Driving Horses' is Saturday

A horse driving clinic titled "Getting the Most From Your Driving Horses" is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Home Ranch. The cost is $150, and participants should bring their own horses. Reservations are required to 970-276-3693.

Screenings for stroke and bone-fracture risk June 6

Screenings to determine stroke and bone-fracture risk are June 6 at Anchor Way Baptist Church, 40650 Anchor Way. The screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening assesses osteoporosis risk also is offered. The screenings cost $159.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or go to

Open house will discuss bark beetle epidemic

U.S. Forest Service managers and University of Wyoming researchers will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. May 28 at Bud Werner Memorial Library to discuss how Routt County's forests have responded to and moved beyond the bark beetle epidemic. Forest Service officials will discuss management strategies and how the agency fosters recovery.

University of Wyoming botany department Drs. Dan Tinker, who specializes in fire ecology, and Brent Ewers, who specializes in plant physical ecology, will discuss how the forests are responding to the bark beetle outbreak.

Bailey Pugh is named Teen Council's Teen of the Month

Bailey Pugh has been named the Steamboat Springs Teen Council's Teen of the Month for May.

Pugh, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School, was chosen because she embodies the Teen Council values of demonstrating teens are valuable community assets, acting as a leader or positive role model among peers and demonstrating commitment to community service.

At the high school, Pugh is on the varsity cross-country team and also participates in tennis and track. She also is a wildlife leader for Young Life and will travel to Uganda this summer with Come, Let's Dance. She has raised more than $4,000 for Africa.

Pugh's goals include graduating from college, traveling to foreign countries and working with children.

When asked why the community should value teens, she said, "We have such a small community, and it is hard to fit in sometimes, so reaching out to teens in every way I think is amazing."

The Teen Council works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community and provide substance-free and alternative activities for youths. The program is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.

For more information, visit

Contractors are working to complete park, trail repairs

Following work replacing about 1,000 feet of sewer line through West Lincoln Park in fall 2012, contractors for the city of Steamboat Springs Utilities Department this spring are working to complete the repair of park irrigation, sod the areas disturbed by construction and replace the trail that was removed during construction, according to a news release.

Concrete trail work is expected to take place next week, and sodding is expected to be completed by the end of the month. The Yampa River Core Trail will be detoured around the construction zone until the $760,000 project is completed.

For more information, call Project Manager Ben Beall at 970-871-8293.

Yampa River Botanic Park hosting classes this summer

The Yampa River Botanic Park will host a series of three-day classes put on by the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art this spring and summer. 

Botanical Illustration in Graphite is from May 31 to June 2. Field Sketching along the Yampa is from July 26 to 28. Light on Form is from Sept. 13 to 15, and participants must have taken the May class to participate. All classes will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The cost for each class is $350 for Denver Botanic Garden members and $400 for nonmembers.

For more information, contact 720-865-3670 or or go to Register at

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