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Steamboat briefs: Highway impacts begin Monday for Pro Challenge

Colorado's largest in-person spectator event — the USA Pro Challenge — gets underway in Steamboat Springs on Monday and ends in Denver on Aug. 23.

The 2015 edition of the race will navigate nearly 620 miles of terrain, visiting numerous towns, cities and ski resorts, including Steamboat Springs, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Aspen, Breckenridge, Loveland, Fort Collins, Golden and Denver. It is estimated the bike race will attract more than one million spectators.

The Colorado Department of Transportation's website cotrip.org will help assist motorists who will be traveling the various state and local roadways that are part of the race route. It includes information regarding road closure and opening times, anticipated delays, oversize and overweight restrictions, parking and camping information and links to host city websites.

For real-time information regarding highway impacts, motorists can sign up for CDOT email and text alerts by visiting

cotrip.org and clicking on the small envelope icon at the bottom right of the page. In addition, daily road closure information will be available by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Following CDOT on Facebook and Twitter (@coloradodot) also provides current updates.

Rubber Ducky Race set for Sept. 12 in Steamboat

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be holding a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Fifth Street Bridge. The race will end at West Lincoln Park where there will be a celebration with children's activities and food vendors.

Ticket holders of the first 25 ducks that cross the finish line will receive cash prizes totaling $5,000.

Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the VNA's hospice and palliative care program. Tickets also can be purchased online at nwcovna.org/rubberducky.org.

Tickets also are available at the VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 or Yampa Valley Bank, 600 South Lincoln Ave. Call 970-871-7609 for more information.

Hepatitis vaccinations available through VNA

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are hepatitis A, B and C.

Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.

Vaccines are available to prevent hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase hepatitis risk.

Hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

LIFT-UP in need of personal items for local food bank

LIFT-UP of Routt County is in need of personal items for its food bank. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and razors are currently in short supply. Donations can be dropped off at the LIFT-UP offices, 2125 Curve Court.

Volunteers needed at Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum's store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits.

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from all across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email sam@steamboatartmuseum.org.

Community Ag Alliance accepting local food orders

Buy local food and products online at communityagalliance.org, then click on Shop the CAA Marketplace tab.

Locally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, jelly, sauces, granola and more are available.

Order online from noon Monday through noon Thursday noon. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.