News in Brief for March 30 | SteamboatToday.com

News in Brief for March 30

Officials say residents should expect smoky skies

Routt County officials are warning residents that smoky skies will be common during the next few months.

Early spring is a popular time for private landowners and agricultural operators to have controlled burns on their land, said Routt County Emergency Services Director Chuck Vale. The U.S. Forest Service also has scheduled prescribed burns south of Oak Creek and on Buffalo Pass to decrease natural fuels.

Before people start a burn, Vale said they should call Routt County dispatch at 879-1090 to notify officials that there will be a controlled fire on their property.

Vale also said people who see smoke should call dispatch and try to give an exact location of where the smoke is coming from, so that dispatch can determine whether it is a controlled burn.

Matching up smoke reports with controlled burns will help save taxpayer dollars, Vale said.

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April expected to be Youth Alcohol Awareness month

Alcohol is a factor in the four leading causes of death among people ages 10 through 24: car crashes, unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide, said Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison.

Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by high school seniors, and youths who start drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21, Ellison said.

Those figures are part of a resolution Routt County commissioners are expected to pass today proclaiming April 2004 as Youth Alcohol Awareness month in the county.

The designation could help create awareness about the dangers of alcohol, Ellison said.

Yampatika to spread

Earth Day messages

Yampatika will stencil messages on storm drains for Earth Day from 9 a.m. to noon April 22.

The goal is to help reduce pollution reaching the Yampa River. Participants should meet at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. Bring gloves and wear grubby clothes.

Newspaper looking for Editorial Board members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting nominations for community representatives on its Editorial Board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term from May 1 through Aug. 31.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board include publisher Suzanne Schlicht, editor Scott Stanford, city editor Melissa Roddy and reporter Tom Ross. The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or less expressing their interest in the board to Stanford at sstanford@ steamboatpilot.com or at P.O. Box 774827; Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Nominations are due April 9.

Call Stanford at 871-4221 with questions.

Taylor, White to speak

at Lincoln Day Dinner

State Sen. Jack Taylor and Rep. Al White will be guest speakers at the Routt County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Day Dinner. The event begins at 5 p.m. April 10 at the Old Town Pub, and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A fund-raising auction will be held after dinner. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from Amy Williams at the Routt County Courthouse. Call 879-6048.

‘McWheel’ Kids Night Out scheduled for Friday

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department will host a “McWheel” Kids Night Out on Friday.

The event is for children in the second through fourth grades. Children will have a McDonald’s dinner and then have fun at the Potter’s Wheel. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $12 and children should bring another $5 to $10 for the Potter’s Wheel.

Parents may register at the Parks and Recreation office. Call Jennifer Travis at 879-4300, ext. 352.