Steamboat Briefs: Openings are available next week for BookTrails camps |

Steamboat Briefs: Openings are available next week for BookTrails camps

BookTrails, a reading and writing enrichment program, has two openings for American Girl Camp next week for first- to third-graders. This all-girls camp takes campers back in time with their American Girl dolls to investigate different time periods through the American Girl book series. 

There also are two openings for Ancient Egypt Camp for first- to third-graders. Participants will learn about ancient Egyptians and their way of life through legends and stories. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 to 16.  

More information and registration can be found at or by emailing admin@steamboat

Belly dance workshop is Sunday at Sundance Studio

Professional belly dancer Sonia Burns, of Denver, will lead belly dance workshops Sunday at Sundance Studio, 385 Anglers Drive. Shimmies, flutters and vibrations is from 10 to 11 a.m. and costs $25. Egyptian-style choreography is from noon to 3 p.m. and is $55 in advance and $60 at the door. For those who are interested in both classes, the cost is $70 in advance or $80 at door. For more information or to register, contact Meg at 970-875-1164 or meg

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CDOT plans maintenance projects for roads in region

Colorado Department of Transportation road maintenance projects in Northwest Colorado:

■ Crews are working to replace the U.S. Highway 40 bridge over the East Fork of the Elk River. Work is scheduled 24 hours per day. For more information, call 970-846-2446 or go to http://www.colo The $3.1 million project is scheduled for completion in November.

■ Crews will be paving Monday and Tuesday on Colorado Highway 14 from mile marker 12.5 to 13.2 northeast of U.S. Highway 40. Traffic will be reduced to one lane.

■ Crews will be rotomilling and paving Aug. 12 on Colorado Highway 14 from mile marker 24 to 25 southwest of Walden. Traffic will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic.

■ Crews will be sweeping, repairing potholes and cleaning shoulders from Aug. 13 to 15 on Colorado Highway 9 from mile marker 127 to 138 near the Grand/Summit county line to Kremmling and on U.S. 40 from mile marker 185 to 130 from Kremmling to Steamboat Springs. Lane closures may be in place.

Drivers should expect 10- to 15-minute delays and reduced speed limits in all the work zones.

Residents warned about a medical alert system scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of automated phone calls promising a free medical alert system, a device that helps protect seniors in the event of medical emergencies or break-ins.

The calls say "someone has ordered a free medical alert system for you, and this call is to confirm shipping instructions." The message then instructs the listener to press a button to speak to a customer service representative for verification purposes, and then the representative asks for the listener's credit card number and personal information, according to a news release.

The calls are targeting seniors in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The Better Business Bureau has offered the following tips to help protect yourself from fraud:

■ Hang up the phone immediately.

■ If a live person is on the line, ask for the company's physical address. A legitimate company will not refuse to give this information to potential customers.

■ If you are interested in the product or service, ask for something to be sent in writing.

■ Don't respond to offers to "opt out" of future calls. This action alerts the caller that this is a working number.

■ Don't pay for anything you didn't order even if legal action is threatened.

■ Never give your bank or credit card information or your Social Security number over the telephone to anyone who you don't know and trust.

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