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Steamboat briefs: Law enforcement efforts step up for holiday weekend

Colorado's law enforcement officers throughout the state will be working overtime throughout the holiday weekend citing and arresting those that choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Running through Monday, Nov. 30, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and 102 law enforcement agencies will partner under "The Heat Is On" campaign.

"Last November, there were 34 statewide fatalities on Colorado roads, with an estimated 13 of those involving suspected impaired drivers," said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT's Office of Transportation Safety, in a news release. "The goal of increased DUI enforcement is to protect families from losing a loved one due to a completely preventable crime."

According to AAA, 42.9 million Americans will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 89.3 percent planning to drive — an increase of 284,000 motorists, in part due to the lowest national average gas prices since 2008.

"Thanksgiving is synonymous with travel, so it's vital we keep Colorado's roadways safe and free of impaired drivers," Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in the release. "If you choose to drink this Thanksgiving, make sure you have a designated sober driver or plan to use alternative transportation."

The 2014 Thanksgiving enforcement involved 89 law enforcement agencies citing 346 drivers. 

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Thanksgiving is the first of three "The Heat Is On" enforcement periods that occur during the holiday season.

More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at heatisoncolorado.com.

Library to begin 'Food for Fines' campaign December

During the month of December, local children can pay off their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in Bud Werner Memorial Library's annual Food for Fines program.

For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids' Desk, the library will waive $1 of overdue fines.

The following high-need food items are worth $2 in fines waived.

■ Canned fruit — Oranges, mandarins, pineapple.

■ Cans of chicken.

■ Cans of potatoes.

■ New household products, including shampoo, conditioner, dish detergent, laundry detergent and bleach.

■ New toothbrushes or deodorant.

■ Boxed Hamburger or Chicken Helper.

■ Refried beans.

■ Taco or enchilada sauce.

■ Boxed taco shells.

■ Gluten-free products.

Please bring all food to the Kids' Desk at the library. All food will then be donated to the local LiftUp Food Bank of Routt County.

This program is for children 17 and younger, on juvenile or student library accounts, during the month of December, and is not valid for replacement fees. 

For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/services/kids/food-for-fines-december.

Hayden Congregational Church distributes free food

Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank is distributing free food to those in need.

For more information, call Hayden Congregational Church at 970-276-3510 or Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000, email hayden-ucc@qwestoffice.net. or stop by the church, 202 E. Jefferson, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Yellow fever vaccine currently in short supply

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 Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's travel clinic to verify the vaccine is available.

If possible, travelers should do this at least one month prior to departure. Call the VNA's travel clinic at 970-871-7336.

A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at colorado.gov/cdphe/international-travel.

Chamber slates winter Service Excellence trainings

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will conduct Service Excellence trainings to prepare for the busy winter season. The cost is $25 for individuals or $250 for businesses bringing 10 or more people.

Training sessions will be conducted according to the following schedule.

■ 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1

■ 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3

■ Noon to 2 p.m., Dec. 7

■ 11 a.m. to noon, Dec. 9

■ 2 to 3 p.m., Dec. 15

■ 8 to 9 a.m., Dec. 17

For more information or to register, visit steamboatchamber.com/service-excellence.

Local groups team up to collect gifts for holidays

Young Professionals Network and United Way of Routt County volunteers are teaming up with the Steamboat Springs Fire Department to collect gifts and necessities for the Routt County United Way Holiday Gift Exchange benefitting those in need this holiday season.

Volunteers will be manning two gift collection sites at Walmart and Sports Authority from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28.

Participants can drop off their contributions and learn about further items needed at these two locations.

For more information, visit routtcountyunitedway.org.