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Steamboat briefs: Crews set to begin cleaning landscaped medians Monday







Crews will be cleaning the landscaped medians along U.S. Highway 40 from downtown to Anglers Drive, as well as the Mount Werner Road medians and traffic circles beginning Monday, April 18 and continuing through Friday, April 22, weather permitting, according to a news release from Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Service.

Work will begin after 8 a.m. each day and end by 4 p.m. to minimize traffic impacts.

While the work is being done, left lanes will be closed in both directions, and drivers should expect possible delays.

Parks and Community Service is asking drivers to be mindful and slow down in the work zones.

Call-in line established for those unable to attend

Routt County commissioners have established a call-in line enabling people to listen in live to public meetings held in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs. People are invited to listen to the meetings, but there is no capability to take public comment. The call-in number is 970-870-5499.

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Electronics can be recycled safely at collection boxes

Old, unwanted electronics can be recycled safely at collection boxes in the offices at Steamboat middle and high schools or the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council office at 141 Ninth St.

Items dropped off at those locations must be the size of a laptop or smaller and should not include towers, screens or keyboards. Items that can be recycled include old cell phones, smart phones, cell phone batteries and chargers, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets, aircards and Bluetooth, ink and toner cartridges, laptops, GPS devices and headphones. An additional free cell phone collection box is located downtown in the Wells Fargo bank lobby.

Any funding returned through the certified recyclers who receive these items benefits the Routt County Sustainable Schools program.

Larger electronics such as computers, televisions and VCRs can be recycled locally and legally for a small fee to consumers through such businesses as Waste Management or G&S Mountain Recyclers in north Steamboat. Complete recycling location information is available in both English and Spanish at yvsc.org/recyclingguide.

Children's book clubs plan final sessions of year

Sign up is open for the finals meetings of the year for the Bud Werner Library's Children's book clubs — It's a Girl Thing and Guys Read — for children in fifth through seventh grades with an adult partner.

These free book discussion groups meet once per month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from October through April. Led by a member of the Youth Services staff, the hour of fun includes hands-on activities, lively book discussion and related media.

Register online or at the Kids' Desk or call 970-879-0240, ext. 313. Space is limited to 10 kid/adult pairs per meeting. Each pair can pick up their free copy of the book to borrow and share at the Kids' Desk.

Upcoming session is April 27 entitled It's A Girl Thing looking at "Because of Mr. Terupt," by Rob Buyea.

For more information about book titles and dates and to register, visit steamboatlibrary.org/services/kids/storytimes-programs.

STEM summer program comes to Strawberry Park

Camp Invention, the nation's premier summer enrichment day camp program, is coming to Strawberry Park Elementary the week of June 13.

For students entering first through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that offers hands-on problem solving using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don't normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart and explore different types of technology.

"We are thrilled to offer Camp Invention to our students for the fourth year," said Alice Opperman, director of curriculum for Emerson Public Schools, in a news release. "The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child's everyday lifestyle. As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting our students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention."

For more information on camp programming, visit campinvention.org/2016-program.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 94,000 students every year through nearly 1,400 camps across the nation. For additional information or to find the nearest location for registration, visit campinvention.org.

VNA recommends hepatitis A vaccine to those traveling

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to international destinations, including Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, receive a hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the destination. Individuals planning to travel abroad should receive any needed vaccinations at least one month prior to travel. Travel and routine immunizations are available at the Northwest Colorado VNA, 745 Russell St. To make an appointment, call 970-824-8233.