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Bears emerging from winter hibernation across Yampa Valley

The Steamboat Springs Police Department reminds residents of Steamboat Springs of the wildlife protection regulations as bears start to emerge from hibernation. The first signs of spring bear activity have been observed and the city asks for your compliance with the Wildlife Resistant Trash Container ordinance to help keep wildlife out of trash.

All commercial properties within the city limits, including those used for special events and properties that are the site of construction activities, must use an approved wildlife resistant container at all times when the container is outdoors. Residential requirements include storing refuse containers, if not approved, indoors at all times except between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on trash pick-up days. If a resident receives a citation, they are required to upgrade to a bear-proof container. Businesses and residential property owners can check with their trash collection company on wildlife resistant options and services.

Students invited to audition for Steamboat opera performance

Auditions for the Opera Steamboat's English sung production of "The Cunning Little Vixen" by Janácek will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 18 and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 21 in the Opera Steamboat office, 320 Lincoln Ave., Suite H.

There are four roles for students age 7 to 15, who will perform as fox cubs in the opera with members of Opera Steamboat's Opera Artist Institute, directors and orchestra. Students should be prepared to sing 16 bars of music with piano or acapella. Those singing with piano should bring sheet music for the pianist. Students with stage and music experience are preferred.

Students wishing to audition must reserve a 10-minute time slot by Wednesday, April 11.

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Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must be in town for the full three-week schedule of July 24 to Aug. 11, and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals and performances required for their role.

Contact Beth Blaskovich at beth@operasteamboat.org for additional information or to reserve an audition time.

Author shares history, tales of Western Frontier's 'go-backers'

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present "The Go-Backer," an evening with author and historian Peter Decker sharing tales from his new book about the homesteaders who risked everything to turn back from the western frontier at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in Library Hall.

After the Civil War, thousands of Americans and Europeans trekked west to secure a new home and farm under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862. But as historians have discovered, only three out of 10 of these adventurers succeeded in achieving their dream. The other 70 percent — called the "go-backers" — either turned back toward home after one or two years, or if they "proved up" on their 160-acre homestead, they quickly "starved out." It took courage and determination to survive on the western frontier.

Homesteaders endured diseases and injuries without medical attention, American Indian attacks, catastrophic natural disasters, lack of roads and lonely isolation. Books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.