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Steamboat briefs: Slackline park opening party slated for Saturday

A grand opening for Steamboat Springs' new Howelsen Slackline Park will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The project was created by the 2012-13 Steamboat Springs Teen Council and funded by LiveWell Northwest Colorado, the Civic Canopy in Denver, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the city of Steamboat Springs.

Slacklining involves using balance to walk across a length of nylon webbing stretched between two points. The new park dedicated to the sport is located at the base of Howelsen Hill between the Alpine Slide and volleyball courts.

The grand opening celebration offers music and food, and Teen Council members will be giving away free Gibbon slacklines.

To learn more about the Steamboat Springs Teen Council, visit http://www.facebook.com/ssteencouncil.

Soles4Souls drive aims to collect shoes for the poor

Organizers of the Mount Werner Classic 50K Trail Run have launched a Soles4Souls drive to collect shoes for the poor.

Used and new shoes can be dropped off at the 50K's packet pick-up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ski Haus. Shoes also will be collected at race day check-in from 6 to 7 a.m. Saturday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square and at the race finish line anytime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"The Steamboat Springs Running Series and the Mount Werner Classic 50K Trail Run are a strong supporter of Soles4Souls' anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need," race director Emily Conjura said.

Through Soles4Souls, most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. Among its relief programs, the organization has distributed more than 50,000 new pairs of shoes to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Routt County students named to UNC dean's list

Several Routt County students were named to the dean's list of distinction or dean's honor roll for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.

Local students named to the dean's list of distinction for maintaining a 3.75 to 4.0 GPA included: Ian Fralick and Kylee Sweetser, both of Hayden; Alexandra Nothnagel-Smith, of Phippsburg; and Kayla Delancey, Alyssa McMahon and Cameron Smith, all of Steamboat Springs. Sydney Swanson, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the dean's honor roll for earning a 3.50 to 3.74 GPA this past year.

Why Not Road to be closed daily through Thursday

Why Not Road at Steamboat Ski Area will be closed to all traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday. The closure includes motor vehicles, mountain bikes and hikers.

Alternate routes suggested for mountain bikers and hikers include Valley View, a multi-use trail, and BC Ski Way to So What.

Why Not Road will open Friday through Sunday for hiking and biking, with additional closures expected the following week. Remember to check daily trail maps and the Information Center for up-to-date information on trail closures and mountain activity.

Visit http://www.steamboat.com for more information.

Farm Service committee needs member nominations

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to submit nominations for the Routt County Farm Service Agency county committee, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Those elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

"There's still time for eligible farmers and ranchers to get involved in this year's county committee elections," USDA FSA administrator Juan Garcia said. "Nominate yourself or a candidate of your choice to serve on the local county committee."

FSA county committees work closely with county executive directors and make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues.

Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where the person is nominated.

To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A, which is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business Aug. 1.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 3 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 1. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1.

Volunteers are needed for suicide prevention program

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is in need of volunteers to become part of its Suicide Prevention Advocates program at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The program is designed to help those who have attempted suicide or are having thoughts of suicide and have been hospitalized. Those who are interested are asked to call Ronna Autrey at 970-846-8182.