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Yampa Street milling, paving project runs through Wednesday

The city's paving program has started work on Yampa Street, which will run through Wednesday. In all, the $1 million paving program tackles 14 roadways across the city with milling and paving through July.

Contractors are milling the two inches of existing asphalt on Yampa Street. They worked between Fifth and Eighth streets Thursday and will move to Eighth and 12th streets Friday, May 18.

During milling operations, vehicles are able to pass through the work zone under a flagging protocol. All sidewalks are open to pedestrians.

Starting Monday, May 21, crews will begin paving the entire stretch of Yampa Street. During paving operations, no vehicles are permitted through the work zone, and closures of portions of the street will occur. Paving work is scheduled to run from Monday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 23, weather permitting.

The paving project is one of the final components of the three-year Yampa Street improvement project.

Routt County Democrats to host dinner, fundraiser Saturday

Colorado House Majority Leader K.C. Becker will be the keynote speaker at the annual Team Routt County Dems dinner and fundraiser, which will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. State Rep. Dylan Roberts and U.S. Congressional District 3 Candidate Diane Mitsch Bush will speak along with 3rd Congressional District candidates Karl Hanlon and Arn Menconi and county commissioner candidate Beth Melton. The event will include food, a wine and beer bar, a live auction and door prizes. To attend, bring a $25 donation plus a potluck dish. Young Democrats, 30 and younger, can attend for a $15 donation, college students for $10 and those 18 and younger are free. Call 970-870-2896 for more information.

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French documentary about Paris Opera to screen at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library's free foreign film series continues with French director Jean-Stéphane Bron's award-winning documentary, "The Paris Opera," screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the Chief Theater.

"The Paris Opera" offers a candid look behind the scenes of one of the world's foremost performing arts institutions. Over the course of one tumultuous season, Bron juggles multiple story lines, from ballet and opera rehearsals, to strike negotiations, last minute crises and ticket disputes, revealing the dedication of the talented personnel who bring breathtaking spectacles to the stage night after night.

As a French film screening bonus, Steamboat's French Club gathers before the film at 6 p.m. in the Chief Theater's Black Box Lounge for conversational French, wine specials and potluck appetizers. All French speakers are welcome.

Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Photographers invited to submit to contest

The Greater Sandhill Cranes are hatching their chicks, and now is a perfect time to photograph them as they emerge from their nests with their parents .

The 2018 Yampa Valley Crane Festival Photo Contest is currently underway, and photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs of this iconic bird by email to cranefestphoto@gmail.com. Two submissions per person are allowed.

Photographers must indicate their entry category — professional, amateur or youth (18). Along with each photo, the entrant must include the photographer's name, age (if under 18 or younger), phone number, location of photo, date it was taken and a title for the image.

Photos submitted to the photo contest must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 13. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at coloradocranes.org/programs-2/2018-photo-contest/.

Bill Nye documentary set to screen at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a a free community screening of "Billy Nye: Science Guy" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 in Library Hall. The new documentary film by David Alverado and Jason Sussberg is about Nye as a man on a mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world.

The former star of the popular kids show "Bill Nye The Science Guy" is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Nye's mentor Carl Sagan, where he's launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life. 

This behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based world view. The film features Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and many others.

Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.