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Steamboat briefs: Construction work continues on Yampa, Oak streets

Construction work will continue this week on the Yampa and Oak street renovation projects.

Yampa street will remain closed to traffic between 10th and 12th streets into early June to accommodate installation of a raised intersection at 11th Street, however, the 10th and 12th street intersection will remain open.

Minor shoulder closures are expected between Fifth and 10th streets, but these are not expected to impact traffic flow. The entire Eighth Street parking lot will remain closed this week, as will the Ninth Street pedestrian bridge.

Pedestrian and bicycle access will remain open via the Yampa River Core Trail, and businesses will remain accessible at all times.

Work on Oak Street will focus on the following areas.

■ The parking lot at Eighth and Oak streets is to be overlaid and striped, and trees will be installed on the entire block.

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■ Construction will continue between Seventh and Eighth streets, as sidewalk is placed and curbing is installed.

■ Handicapped ramps are to be installed at the northwest corner of Seventh and Oak streets.

■ Prep work will begin for sidewalk, curb and gutter construction on the north side of Oak Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

Bi-weekly public informational meetings will continue at 9 a.m. every other Friday in Centennial Hall, where city staff and contractors share details and answer questions about the status of the project. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 2.

Information on the overall project is available at diggindowntown.com. Sign up to receive project updates at steamboatsprings.net or send an email request to downtown@steamboatsprings.net.

Routt to Work seeking volunteer stability coaches

Routt to Work is looking for individuals who are interested in supporting a motivated resident in achieving his or her goals of increased stability. Coaches are expected to commit approximately six to eight hours per month, including the monthly three-hour class, from August to April.

Coaches attend the monthly class with their participant and meet with their participant between classes to support them in their goal work.

Routt to Work is hosting an information session from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday at the cabin, 613 Oak St. Those interested in becoming a coach are encouraged to attend. An optional RSVP can be made to Lindsay Kohler at 970-870-5291 or lkohler@co.routt.co.us.

Introductory seminar about canine fitness held at library

Heeling Friends, Inc., Routt County's animal-assisted therapy organization, will host an introductory seminar about canine exercise and fitness titled "K-9 Fitness" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The seminar will include a presentation by Dr. Sarah Love, DVM, who will discuss the basics of canine exercise and fitness, with an emphasis on how to safely start exercising a dog.

The discussion will also cover age-related exercise, components of a conditioning program, injury prevention and basic skills and knowledge.

The free seminar is sponsored by Outdoor K-9, Rocky Mountain Pet Resort, Elk River Farm & Feed and Paws & Claws.

Everyone is welcome, but organizers ask attendees to leave their dogs at home.

Library hosts Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of 'Real Boy'

Bud Werner Memorial Library's Indie Lens Pop-Up season concludes the season with a free screening of "Real Boy," a documentary film by Shaleece Haas at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall.

A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, "Real Boy" follows the journey of transgender teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother, Suzy, makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son, Bennett.

Filmed over the course of four years, "Real Boy" is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.

Through interviews with Suzy and old home movies, we meet Bennett as a joyful, happy child, but that changed as he grew older. Adolescence brought anger, substance abuse and self-destructive behaviors. When Bennett began to share his true identity as male, he felt happier inside but faced resistance from his family.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, "Real Boy" offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

The community is encouraged to stay for a discussion after the film. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information about this film and other Indie Lens Pop-Up events.

Rabies reemergence prompts animal control reminder

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is urging residents to vaccinate and license their pets. The reminder comes after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment revealed two confirmed cases of rabies in dogs May 15. The infected dogs in Weld and Yuma counties have been contained and are not a threat to public health.

"The rabies vaccination is usually given once every three years, and sometimes, pet owners lose track," Steamboat Springs Police Commander Annette Dopplick said. "I want to encourage all pet owners to be diligent in assuring vaccination against this deadly virus. We love our pets, so let's protect our pets."

The city of Steamboat Springs requires a current license for all cats and dogs. Pet owners may purchase a Routt County license directly from the Animal Shelter or through a local veterinarian. The cost is $5 for a spayed or neutered cat or dog and $25 for an unaltered cat or dog.

Rabies spreads primarily through the bite of rabid animals. It is usually fatal in humans once symptoms appear. People who have been bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal should contact their health care provider immediately to prevent the disease. Those who see animals acting strangely are encouraged to report it to the state or local health department.

The following tips will help avoid rabies.

■ Never touch or feed wild or stray animals. Don't leave pet food outdoors. If help is needed with a sick or orphaned animal, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Contact a nearby animal shelter when a lost or stray dog or cat are encountered.

■ Vaccinate pets using a licensed veterinarian, and keep up with pets' booster shots.

■ Leash dogs while walking or hiking.

■ Keep cats and other pets inside at night, and keep dogs within sight, in a fenced yard or on leash when they are outside during the day.

■ Call a veterinarian if a pet has been exposed to a wild animal.

■ Vaccinate pastured animals annually.

■ Bat-proof homes according to recommendations on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page.

The following tips will help with the identification of rabid animals.

■ Many healthy wild animals are normally afraid of humans, however, sick animals often do not run away when they're near people.

■ Wildlife with rabies often act aggressively or violently approach humans or pets.

■ Some rabid animals are overly quiet and passive and want to hide. Don't bother them.

■ Rabid wildlife may have trouble walking, flying, eating or drinking.

For more information about rabies, see the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment webpage.

Month of spraying for noxious whitetop weed to begin soon

Noxious whitetop weed spraying will begin Wednesday, May 24 in the city's right-of-way around town and will continue for approximately 30 days, weather permitting.

The city of Steamboat Springs has hired a private contractor to spray for the whitetop plants. The contractor uses a harmless blue dye to mark where the herbicide has been sprayed. The dye typically disappears in a day or two.

Once the herbicide has dried, children and pets may walk through the sprayed area if needed. Dry times depend on weather but typically run an hour to two hours. As a precaution, children and pets should stay off sprayed areas for 24 hours.

Depending on the weed, plants usually see some color change within a week, and complete browning normally occurs in two to three weeks.

For more information about the city's noxious whitetop weed spraying, contact Sheila Weekly at 970-879-1807 or Barb Wheeler at 970-871-8274.