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Steamboat briefs: Live Pro Challenge reporting starts at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday

Live Pro Challenge reporting starts at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday

NBC Channel 9 News will be reporting live from Steamboat Springs for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge from 5:30 to 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at Gondola Square. Local residents and visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite jerseys, make signs supporting Steamboat, biking, the Pro Challenge and local rider Amy Charity. Everyone is welcome.

Steamboat Springs Airport projects begin this month

The city of Steamboat Springs will begin several projects this month to improve the taxiways and runway at Bob Adams Field in Steamboat Springs.

The plans include remarking and sealing the surface of the runway, realignment of taxiway A and repairing a taxi lane between B and C hangars with funding assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation's Colorado Aeronautic Division.

"These projects will prolong the usability of the runway and increase the overall safety, visibility, and usability of the airport," Steamboat Springs Airport Manager Adam Kittinger said in a news release.

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The airport will remain open during the work, however the runway, taxiway and portions of the ramp will be closed and aircraft may not be able to take off or land during specific portions of the project. Expected dates where closures may take effect are Tuesday through Friday and Oct. 5 and 6.

4th annual Chamber Mixer set for 4 p.m. Wednesday

Anytime Fitness, 1875 Central Park Drive, will host the fourth annual Chamber Mixer from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include live music, prizes, free food and drinks, a live outdoor Zumba class at 5:30 p.m., book signings by Mike Kinnecom and Stacy Childs and a bouncy house for the children.

Small business seminar will be Wednesday at CMC

A First Steps Seminar on small business start-ups will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

The class will help participants assess their strengths and weaknesses as a business owner and learn how to analyze the potential for their business. The program is designed for people who have not yet started a business.

The class is free and sponsored by the CMC Entrepreneurship Center and SCORE. Call Randy Rudasics, manager of the CMC Small Business Resources Center, at 970-870-4491 for more information.

Landvik to hold book signing Aug. 28 at Casey's Pond

Local author Erik Landvik will hold a book signing for his book, "Uncluttered Faith," from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 At Casey's Pond Senior Living. Landvik's book is a finalist for the Colorado Independent Publishers Association's EVVY Award in the religion and spirituality category. The book explores many of the common stumbling blocks to a closer relationship with God. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Childbirth, breast-feeding class set for Sept. 12, 13

An intense two-day "Primal Birthing" childbirth and breastfeeding education class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 in the small meeting room at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Couples will explore the philosophy and importance of giving birth naturally, reigniting a woman's innate power and wisdom to do so without intervention. This class is interactive and realistic, providing both an academic and emotional preparation for birth.

The cost is $125 per couple and the sign-up deadline is Aug. 31. To register or for more information, contact Tera Johnson-Swartz at 970- 819-0728 or tera@organicknead.com.

Avoid mosquito bites, risk of catching West Nile virus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile Virus.

■ Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.

■ Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn.

■ Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.

■ Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, go to healthychildren.org (type "insect repellent" in the search box).

West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information about West Nile virus, go to cdc.gov/westnile.

Oktoberfest set to come to Steamboat Sept. 18, 19

Visit Steamboat Springs Sept. 18 and 19 for a fabulous weekend of Oktoberfest traditions, including Rocky Mountain beer, Colorado Beef cook-off, local food specialties and festivities unique to Steamboat Springs. Saturday's event, OktoberWest, presented by Resort Group at the Steamboat Mountain Village, is free to attend and will feature live music by The Ben Miller Band, the I Love Beef Cook Off and regional beers to taste from the 35 Beer Garden brewers. To reserve tickets, visit steamboatoktoberwest.com.