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Home-weatherization funding available to qualifying residents

Modest- to lower-income residents in Routt County who are in need of starter energy efficiency and weatherization measures for their homes are encouraged to apply for a free energy efficiency program offered through the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
The Jump Start program is open to residents with any type of utility services who are living in drafty or energy inefficient homes. The program provides services ranging from a detailed home energy assessment to a furnace tune-up to quick fixes. Homeowners also receive coaching for lower utility bills.
Applicants must earn less than 80 percent of the area median income, which equates to $44,480 before taxes for one person and $50,800 for two. To apply, contact Suzie Romig at 970-871-9299, ext. 104 or suzie@yvsc.org.

New documentary on Malheur standoff set to screen at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs presents a free screening of "No Man's Land," a documentary about the 40-day occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Library Hall.
With unfettered access, filmmaker David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protestors occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with a stew of right-wing militia, protestors and onlookers fueled by the belief that control and management of public lands does not belong with the federal government.
What began as a protest to condemn the sentencing of two ranchers quickly morphed into a catchall for those eager to register their militant antipathy toward the federal government. During the siege, the filmmakers were granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection as the occupiers went about the daily business of engaging in an armed occupation.
"No Man's Land" documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement — the ideologues, the disenfranchised and the dangerously quixotic, attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Library seeks foreign language speakers for poetry program

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs is seeking volunteer readers in a variety of foreign languages to contribute to "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here," an evening of poetry readings and art Monday, March 5.
This local performance joins communities all around the world in honoring Baghdad's famous literary street, which was named for the Arab world's most famous poet, Al-Mutanabbi. Volunteers are being sought to read a short poem in languages other than English — no poetry composition required.
"Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" commemorates the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's historic street of booksellers. Al-Mutanabbi Street is a winding street about of 1,000 feet long, noted for its many bookstores and outdoor bookstalls where people gather as a great humanitarian center. It has been a thriving center of Baghdad's bookselling and publishing for centuries.
The bombing took the lives of 30 people and destroyed a large portion of the neighborhood. The booksellers who survived rebuilt their stores and are once again in business. They sell works by Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Jews, children's books and progressive publications from around the world. Every year since the creation of "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here," poetry readings and exhibits have taken place around the world in early March. This is the second annual reading in Steamboat Springs.
Interested volunteers who speak any foreign language should contact Janet Bradley at mail.janet.bradley@gmail.com or 970-457-7869.

Free developmental screenings offered to children 5 or younger

The 2018 Child Find program, which offers free developmental screenings for children birth to 5, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 at the Steamboat Springs School District Administrative Building, 325 Seventh St. The screenings are for children who will be 3 by Oct. 1 as well as children birth to 2½ years old.
The screenings are offered through a collaboration of the Steamboat Springs School District, Northwest Colorado BOCES and Horizons Specialized Services. Children will be screened in the areas of vision, hearing, concepts, social, motor skills and speech/language. Information and applications for the Colorado Preschool Program will be also be available at this time.
To make a screening appointment, call 970-871-3198.