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Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 11

County budget slated for adoption at 1:30 today

The proposed 2008 Routt County budget is scheduled for adoption by the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 1:30 p.m. today. The $85.6 million budget includes outlays of $12,086,570 to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, $20,416,025 to the Road and Bridge Department and $30,472,750 to the county’s general fund.

Routt County Commissioners had hoped to devote even more money to road improvements by exempting county property taxes from a state statute that limits revenue growth, but voters rejected the proposal in the November election. Commissioners have decided to delay most of the planned road improvements past 2008 rather than draw substantially from county reserves.

River Road closed today for power line repairs

River Road will be closed from the eastern edge of the Brooklyn neighborhood to the Tree Haus intersection from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today while Yampa Valley Electric Association crews replace power lines in the area. Emergency services and school buses will continue to operate along the closed section of the road. For more information, call the Routt County Road and Bridge Department at 879-0831.

Ski race volunteers needed for Winter Sports Club

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Gatekeepers are needed for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Holiday Classic Alpine Ski Races, sponsored by Sure Foot. Day and night slalom races will be held Dec. 21 through 23 at Howelsen Hill. Volunteers will receive lunch and a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. day ticket for every full race worked. Call Debbie Gooding at 879-9261 or Kari Nelson at 846-3544 to volunteer.

Suicide prevention group seeks ‘donations of ink’

A local suicide prevention group is taking on a fundraising campaign to help battle depression and suicide in Northwest Colorado.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, or REPS, is active in Routt and Moffat counties as an initiative of The Colorado Trust, which is leading a $2.6 million suicide prevention initiative across the state.

The campaign – “Donations Ink” – asks businesses to use a small kiosk to collect old ink cartridges and cell phones. When the kiosk is full, call 879-2141, and a REPS member will pick up and replace the kiosk.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression or suicidal thoughts, visit the Steamboat Mental Health Center at 407 Lincoln Ave., or call 879-2141. In Craig, visit the Craig Mental Health Center at 439 Breeze St., Suite 200, or call 824-6541.