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Allard aide holds local office hours today
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard’s Area Representative Derek Wagner will conduct Senate Office Hours in Steamboat Springs from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Routt County Courthouse annex.
“I want to extend an invitation to anyone in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Oak Creek, Yampa and Routt County who is experiencing a problem with the federal government, or would like to pass along an opinion on a current issue before the U.S. Senate, to stop by and visit with Derek Monday afternoon,” Allard said. “No appointment is necessary.”
Anyone with a question about today’s office hours can call Sen. Allard’s Grand Junction office at (970) 245-9553.
Appointments required
for Thursday’s blood drive
A community blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center to benefit Bonfils Blood Center. Bonfils provides 85 percent of the blood and blood products used in Colorado. Traumas account for 40 percent of the blood needed in Colorado, the rest is sued for surgeries and blood therapies. People who wish to donate should call 879-2081; appointments are required for Thursday’s blood drive.
National Forest usage fees
to be waived on Saturday
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest will waive fees charged at its campgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads on Saturday. Fee collection will resume Sunday. Several volunteer projects also will take place in the Laramie Ranger District of the national forest in celebration of National Public Lands Day, including trail work, campsite cleanups and archeological surveys. To volunteer, call (307) 745-2363 before Saturday.
Library continues popular
‘It’s a Girl Thing’ group
Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its popular book discussion series for girls and women called “It’s a Girl Thing” this fall. The free program is open to girls ages 10 to 13 and a woman of significance in their lives, such as a mother, grandmother, friend or teacher. Each pair will be given a copy of the discussion book to keep. Pairs may sign up for one or two discussions. The program will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 at the library. Advanced registration is required. Call the library at 879-0240.
Division of Wildlife offers hunter education class
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer a hunter education class from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 23 to 26, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27, at Colorado Mountain College. The cost of the course is $10. Call 870-4444.
Nondenominational Bible study offered for children
“Awana,” a nondenominational children’s program emphasizing memorization and understanding of key Bible verses, takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 24 at Anchor Way Baptist Church. Call 879-7062.