Steamboat briefs: Delays expected soon on I-70 mountain corridor
October 28, 2016
Taking advantage of lower traffic volumes on the I-70 mountain corridor, the Colorado Department of Transportation will perform necessary rockfall mitigation on Georgetown Hill to protect motorist safety. With intermittent traffic stops planned for next week, those traveling the corridor through Clear Creek County should plan on delays of up to two hours.
Motorists can expect 20-minute traffic holds in both directions on 1-70 between mile posts 226 and 228 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Thursday, Nov. 3. A helicopter will be used to hang new rockfall panels on Georgetown Hill. These panels will help protect motorists from potential future rockfall situations.
Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9, motorists can expect 20 minute traffic holds in both directions of I-70 between mile posts 226 and 228 for rock scaling work. Crews will remove rock debris that has accumulated under the rockfall netting. A temporary barrier will be installed in the ditch in an attempt to keep scaled rock off the roadway to help expedite the required traffic holds.
For information on I-70 travel conditions, visit COTrip.org, download the CDOT Mobile app, sign up for GovDelivery, or call 511.
Library hosts screening of film dealing with evolution
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of "Unnatural Selection," winner of Best Environmental Film at the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Library Hall.
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The extreme pressures created by human landscapes have sped up evolution and sent it in unexpected directions. Animals, through millions of years, slowly adapt to their environments — a gradual process, it was thought. It is now known that evolution can proceed at a much faster pace. This is "unnatural selection," an accelerated version of evolution in which humans accidentally — or purposefully — hijack the environment, inadvertently manipulating the animals that survive. Scientists are only just beginning to document the results.
Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Program for mothers now using paperless eWIC card
The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has switched from paper checks to a debit-style eWIC card. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant women, mothers and children who qualify. Allocations for WIC-approved foods are added to participants' eWIC cards. WIC is offered at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs and Craig.
Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/wic or call 970-871-7677 for more information.
Supplies of yellow fever vaccine are running short
The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever risk area should contact the travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least five weeks prior to departure. Call 970-871-7336 for more information. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at colorado.gov/cdphe/international-travel.