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Steamboat briefs: Core trail to temporarily close for sewer work

The Yampa River Core Trail will be closed to through traffic from Pine Grove Road to Trafalgar Drive beginning Monday and continuing one to two weeks so that crews can replace a sewer line. The city's contractor, Connell Resources, will set up the closure, which is anticipated to run through July 24. Access from the Core Trail to Emerald Park and to the west gate of the Botanic Park will still be available from Trafalgar Drive, but will not be available from Pine Grove.

For more information, call the City Utilities Department at 970-871-8211.

Children's crane festival coloring contest underway

The 2015 Yampa Valley Crane Festival Coloring Contest is underway, and children ages 3 through 12 are encouraged to participate.

Pick up and drop off the sandhill crane scene to be colored and decorated at the children's section of the Bud Werner Memorial Library, the Hayden Library, the entrance booth at Stagecoach State Park, Circle 7 Gallery, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Creekside Restaurant, The Homesteader, Bonfiglio Drugs in Oak Creek, Montgomery's General Store in Yampa and the Clark Store in North Routt.

The drawing can also be downloaded from the Yampa Valley Crane Festival website coloradocranes.org and is available through summer camps and as a one-time insert in the Steamboat Today newspaper Friday. The deadline for entries to be dropped off at any of these locations is Aug. 15. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded Sept. 10 during the opening film event for the 2015 Yampa Valley Crane Festival, a free screening of "Winged Migration" at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

For additional information, call 970-276-1933.

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Groups to host seminar about pond construction

The Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado Division of Water Resources and the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable are hosting a seminar on the do's and don'ts of pond construction from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Speakers will include representatives from Colorado Division of Water Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Colorado State Land Board, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S Forest Service.

Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Resort hosts local social media scavenger hunt

Steamboat Resort is sponsoring an Instahunt — a scavenger hunt that requires participants to decipher and photograph three clues, post the photos to a public Instagram account and include #steamboatglow and tag

@steamboatresort. The clues will be related to Saturday's hot air Balloon Glow and Movies on the Mountain screening of "Grease." Find clues and rules, as well as information about prizes, at steamboat.com/instahunt.

Chief Theater to screen an Italian film Wednesday

As part of Bud Werner Memorial Library's free foreign film series, the Chief Theater will host the award-winning Italian thriller, "Human Capital" at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Directed by Paolo Virzì, the film begins at the end as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas' struggle to keep their comfortable middle-class life in ways neither could have expected. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Library to hold showing of dance film Thursday

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and Steamboat Dance Theatre will present a Dance on Film screening of the critically acclaimed feature film "Ballet 422" at 7 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. The film goes backstage at New York City Ballet from first rehearsal to world premiere as Justin Peck, a young, up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. With unprecedented access to an elite world, "Ballet 422" illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world's great ballet companies. New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, boasts a roster of more than 90 elite dancers and a repertoire of works by many of the greatest choreographers in the history of the art form. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Peck began to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he was commissioned to create a new ballet for the company's 2013 winter season, and the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create "Paz de la Jolla," NYCB's 422nd new ballet. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information. 

Forest Service taking proposals to protect lands

The Colorado State Forest Service is accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners.

The program authorizes the USDA Forest Service or the CSFS to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 24 for federal fiscal year 2017 funding. Proposals must be submitted by mail.

The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.

The Colorado State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend to the state forester those proposals that have sufficient merit to forward to the USDA Forest Service. Forwarded proposals will then compete at a regional level; those selected at the regional level will compete nationally for funding.

For additional information or to obtain an application packet, call Naomi Marcus at 970-491-6303. Applications also are available online at csfs.colostate.edu/funding-assistance.

BookTrails adds two new camps to summer offerings

Due to high demand, BookTrails has added two new camps to their Reading on Ranches 2015 camp season. Lego Camp will be held from July 20 to July 24 and another session of Camp Splash will be offered July 27 to July 31. Lego Camp is all about building. Students will read a building-related book and learn how different animals build their habitats in nature. Campers can expect to learn how to build survival shelters, hike to look for signs of habitats and, of course, play with Legos. Sign up at mybooktrails.org or call 855-426-6587 with questions.

Supplies available to local art educators at Depot

Local arts educators now have access to recycled or donated art supplies through the new Create Space program at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at The Art Depot. For more information, email info@steamboatarts.org, call 970-879-9008 or visit steamboatarts.org.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

High school to host 1970 reunion in September

The Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1970 will hold its next reunion on the weekend of Sept. 25 to 27. The class is currently trying to collect information about class members. Members of the class are encouraged to call Cheri Daschle at 970-736-2602 to update their information.

Childbirth classes slated for Sept. 12 and 13

An intense weekend of childbirth education classes is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 in the small meeting room at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Titled "Primal Birthing (The Art of Childbirth) … Childbirth & Breastfeeding Education" the class will explore the philosophy and importance of giving birth naturally, reigniting a woman's innate power and wisdom to do so without intervention. This class is interactive and realistic, providing both an academic and emotional preparation for birth.

The cost is $125 per couple, and the sign-up deadline is Aug. 31.

Contact Tera Johnson-Swartz at 970-819-0728 or email tera@organicknead.com to register.

Oak Creek Summer Camp accepting registrations

Sign ups are open for Oak Creek Summer Camp. The camp is open to children ages 5 through 12 and will include outdoor education, art, sports, personal empowerment, community service, field trips and maintaining reading and math skills.  The cost is $15 per day.  Sign up at Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd, or register online at townofoakcreek.com/departments/parks-recreation

County Fair now accepting applications for royalty

Applications are now available for Routt County girls, ages 8 to 18, who are interested in running for 2016 Routt County Fair Royalty. Applications, which are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, can be downloaded from the Routt County Fair website atrouttcountyfair.org or picked up at the Routt County Extension Office. Try-outs will be held in conjunction with 4-H Exhibit Day July 31 at Soroco High School. Call Tiffany at 670-638-1021.

CPW asks public not to handle wild baby animals

Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like to remind residents that the coming of summer means newborn fawns and other little critters are showing up all across the state.

During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.

CPW has recently received several reports of "abandoned" fawns that were then moved by humans. CPW asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals.

"Seeing a fawn alone does not mean that it has been abandoned," said Frank McGee, area wildlife manager, in a news release. "Fawns are often left alone by their mother while they go to feed, and it's not unusual for them to be left for several hours at a time."

Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When the mother senses a predator might be close by, she moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques. 

If you see a fawn, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move.

Fawns that are truly abandoned will show signs of distress such as crying. Call your local CPW office if the fawn has been left overnight or shows signs of injury.

If you see a young animal, admire its beauty from a distance, and then move on quietly. CPW encourages parents to explain to their children not to disturb wildlife.