Steamboat briefs: Film about NYT obituary department screens at library |

Steamboat briefs: Film about NYT obituary department screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free community screening of "Obit," a film about life on deadline, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. Every morning a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory — each life's story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores.

There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. The film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

Longtime obituary editor of The New York Times William McDonald and past and present staff writers on the desk are featured: including Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox, William Grimes, Douglas Martin and Paul Vitello — plus The Times' century-old archive, appropriately called the morgue, along with its last remaining full-time archivist Jeff Roth.

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Oak Creek residents advised to conserve water during repairs

Oak Creek water users are encouraged to take steps to conserve water during the next few days as repairs are made to the town's water treatment equipment. Public works director is asking for the community's cooperation while repairs are underway. For more information, call Town Hall at 970-736-2422.

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Area drop-in flu clinics offered Wednesdays through Nov. 8

Northwest Colorado Health will hold drop-in flu clinics 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Nov. 8 at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Flu shots for all ages — including high-dose for seniors — and pneumonia shots are available, and costs vary.

People are asked to bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ or other insurance cards to the clinic. Low-cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted.

Flu shots also are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632. For a schedule of all flu clinics, visit   

Take action on National Energy Efficiency Day on Thursday

With higher energy bills on the way for winter, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council encourages area residents to celebrate the second annual national Energy Efficiency Day on Thursday, Oct. 5 by pledging to take energy-saving actions. Find energy challenges online at

Some challenges include switching to efficient LED bulbs at home or work, installing a programmable thermostat, sealing air leaks, scheduling a furnace tuneup or pledging to buy only Energy Star rated equipment.

Learn about local, regional and statewide energy efficiency resources, grants and rebates via YVSC Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at

Information about residential energy efficiency will also be provided during the YVSC 2017 Sustainable Homes Tour set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Tour tickets are available at

Tread of Pioneers Museum seeks school tour guide volunteers

Do you love history or working with kids? The Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking school tour guides to lead hands-on activities and historical tours for children at the museum. Training and background check required; schedules are flexible. Call Tamra at 970-879-2214 for more information.

CMC names 50th anniversary summer photo contest winners

Following a summer of photo submissions, Colorado Mountain College recently named the winners of its photo contest, "The Elevated Life," images that capture the essence of life and learning in the CMC district and service area. The contest was part of CMC's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

Photographs were chosen in three categories — amateur, professional and mobile — and were selected by three award-winning photographers, guided by members of the public who voted for their favorite images via the contest's website.

Emily Hines, of Steamboat Springs, placed third in the mobile category for her photo, "Surreal Sunset."

The contest began June 20 and was open for entries through Aug. 6. To view the top five winners in each category, go to

Indie Lens Pop-Up series starts with John Coltrane documentary

Bud Werner Memorial Library's new Indie Lens Pop-Up season kicks off with a free screening of "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary," a film by John Scheinfeld, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in Library Hall.

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, "Chasing Trane" brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.

The film features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of this film), along with hundreds of photographs and rare television appearances from around the world.

Coltrane's incredible story is told by the musicians who worked with him — Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman — musicians inspired by his fearless artistry and creative vision — Common, John Densmore, Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington— Coltrane's children and biographers, and well-known admirers such as President Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West.

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