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Steamboat briefs: Emergency communication system to be tested Friday

The Steamboat Springs School District will conduct a test of its emergency communication system Friday.

District administration will use the Infinite Campus student information system program to contact parents, guardians and staff through emails and voicemails.

The message sent out from Superintendent Brad Meeks will explain that the communication is only a test and will provide instructions for updating emergency communication contact information if necessary.

Those who feel they have received the message in error Friday can contact the district office at 970-871-3193. Contact information can be changed or updated by contacting the office at the each school.

The emergency communication test will be in English and Spanish.

Art Council to host meeting at Depot Art Center Friday

The Steamboat Springs Art Council will host a meeting to discuss the arts in Yampa Valley from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The not-for-profit organization will be giving arts and culture groups and businesses an update on Arts Council business and insight into the organization's direction and vision. Another purpose of the meeting is to receive feedback from the community. The event is free and open to the public.

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