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Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Crane Festival wraps up at 7 p.m. Wednesday

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival culminates at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a free community talk and slideshow with Dr. George Archibald, an ornithologist and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, according to a news release. Speaking at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Archibald will talk about how greater sandhill cranes in the Rocky Mountains, black-necked cranes on Asia's Tibetan Plateau and demoiselle cranes migrate. Archibald established the International Crane Foundation as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes using a combination of field research, help from people living near cranes, public education, habitat protection and captive propagation and reintroduction. In 1984, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the Genius Grant) for his work with cranes. More information is at http://www.coloradocranes.org.

CDOT finishes highway resurfacing on US 40

The Colorado Department of Transportation has finished its highway resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden, according to a news release. The work between mile markers 108 and 114 near Mount Harris Canyon began in June and ran two weeks behind schedule because of a delay in receiving supplies. The project included stripping the roadway, recycling existing materials and resurfacing the highway at a cost of $3.7 million, according to the release. Elam Construction and Paveover were the contractors.

Yampa River Botanic Park offers an illustration class

Yampa River Botanic Park offers a basic Botanical Illustration drawing class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 to 21 at the Trillium House. The three-day class will be led by artist Barbara Flowers and will cover using graphite and colored pencils. The cost is $250 for park members and $275 for nonmembers. Register to Mary at 720-226-8134.