Steamboat briefs: VNA warns residents about hantavirus during spring |

Steamboat briefs: VNA warns residents about hantavirus during spring

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is warning residents to be aware of hantavirus while spring cleaning. Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath with large ears), according to a news release. It is transmitted by inhaling dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings. Be careful while opening cabins, buildings, sheds and barns by airing out rodent-infested areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach (one cup bleach per gallon of water) to spray materials used for cleaning mouse droppings. For more information about hantavirus, call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-2700 or visit

Open enrollment for charter school accepted until Friday

Open enrollment for North Routt Community Charter School (kindergarten through eighth grade) runs through Friday. Call 970-871-6062 to schedule a visit or request an enrollment package.

Adult activity and care programs are being offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers adult activity and care programs at The Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane, Hayden. The program for those with memory care needs is from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and is $50 per day. For more information and to register, call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

2012 Leadership Steamboat group starts new initiative

The 2012 Leadership Steamboat group has created an initiative called the Mainstreet Steamboat Recycle Project. The project will jumpstart year-round recycling on Lincoln Avenue with the addition of 22 recycle bins to be placed alongside the current garbage bins. The new recycle bins have been approved by Steamboat Springs City Council and will be maintained by the city of Steamboat Springs, Yampa Valley Recycles and Waste Management. The Steamboat Leadership group now is seeking businesses, organizations, groups or individuals to donate funds toward the purchase of the new recycling containers. A donation of $1,500 will add one new recycle container to Lincoln Avenue. The recycle container will include a custom plaque including business name and donation message. Container locations will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Email EA Moulton at to reserve a can before Saturday.

YVSC honors Earth Hour with event on Saturday

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council honors Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Howelsen Hill. Earth Hour is led by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change, according to a news release. YVSC encourages Earth Hour supporters to join the festivities by turning off their lights at home and coming out to the event. Bring a candle for yourself and one to share, stories of sustainability efforts, warm clothes and ideas about how Steamboat can "go beyond the hour."

SportsMed to offer circuit Pilates class Saturday

SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center will offer a circuit Pilates class from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants will learn how to lengthen and strengthen their muscles while discovering the basics of good posture and powerful breathing. The cost is $40 for five classes. To sign up, call 970-871-2500 or email

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DTaP and Tdap vaccinations are being offered from VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering DTaP and Tdap vaccinations to protect against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria for $14. Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection. The best way to prevent it is through vaccination. DTaP is for children ages 6 and younger, and Tdap, the whooping cough booster vaccine, is for people ages 7 and older. To make an appointment, call 970-879-1632 in Routt County or 970-824-8233 in Moffat County.

Steamboat Art Museum shop seeks local pieces

The Steamboat Art Museum gift shop is seeking work by local artists and craftspeople. The shop sells artist work on a consignment basis. Proceeds help support the museum. Unframed paintings, prints, drawings or photography as well as hand-crafted works such as jewelry, pottery, textiles and high-quality craft items are welcome. The shop is looking to include more offerings that appeal to children and young adults. Interested artists can bring their work in for consideration. Call 970-870-1755 or email

Cultural integration group is still seeking volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

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