Steamboat briefs: Local delegate raising funds for national convention trip
May 20, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs resident Erin Biggs, who will represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25 through 28, is asking for help from friends and neighbors in Steamboat and Routt County with fundraising for her trip.
Hotel rooms at the convention cost $600 per night, in addition to airfare, food and other incidentals. Biggs has created a fundraising website at generosity.com/volunteer-fundraising/elevate-bernie-with-erin-biggs and needs to raise at least $2,300 by June 25. Biggs, who is the office manager for the Steamboat Springs public defender, describes herself as an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter.
2016 Hayden High School graduation set for Sunday
Hayden High School seniors will graduate Sunday in the school's auditorium.
A baccalaureate blessing will be held at 12:15 p.m. The graduation ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
Hayden is graduating 18 seniors this year.
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Public invited to Yampa Street groundbreaking event
The public is invited to a groundbreaking event for the Yampa Street/Downtown Improvement project at 12:30 p.m. today at Eighth and Yampa streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.
This event will be followed by the first Yampa Street Project public informational meeting, scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.
Additional project details will be available at this meeting.
Steamboat Chamber Singers to perform today, Saturday
Concert performances of "Ireland's Call," sung by the Steamboat Chamber Singers, will be held at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ninth and Oak streets.
Selections will include Celtic pieces and feature guest performances by the Celtic Friends Band, including Bonnie Murray, Callie Anderson, Elizabeth Danielson, John Fisher and Mary Beth Norris.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from any of the singers or from All That.
Steamboat Springs ranked in top 5 for biking in US
The city of Steamboat Springs has been ranked in the top 5 for biking in the United States.
Saveonenergy.com gathered survey results from the U.S. Census across a five-year period to provide a glimpse into which cities' residents are taking an eco-friendly approach to their daily commutes and ranked areas that have the highest percentage of green-minded commuters in the U.S.
Steamboat was ranked second in the small cities category.
To view the complete survey results, visit saveonenergy.com/data-hub/top-us-cities-biking.
LED bulb rebates available for electricity customers
The nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a month-long energy efficiency promotion in May to help Oak Creek municipal electricity customers purchase up to 10 long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs for free after rebate. There is a maximum $100 value per residential or small business electric customers. The May Bulbs Bring Lifetime Savings promotion is made possible through funding by the town of Oak Creek, Routt County and Alpine Bank.
For more information and rebate forms, visit Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek, Flat Tops Ranch Supply in Phippsburg or Oak Creek Town Hall.
Those interested can also visit townofoakcreek.com for more information.
Chamber seeks volunteers for busy summer season
Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is gearing up for the busy summer season and is asking resident to become involved by volunteering at one or more of the Chamber's signature events including the following.
■ Steamboat Marathon, June 3 through 5.
■ Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, June 18.
■ July 4 parade, July 4.
■ Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, July 9 and 10.
■ Wild West Air Fest, Sept. 3 and 4.
Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.To volunteer, visit the Chambers volunteers page at steamboatchamber.com/events-activities/volunteer, or call 970-875-7005.
Electronic collection boxes available for area recycling
Old, unwanted electronics can be recycled safely at collection boxes in the offices at Steamboat middle and high schools or the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council office at 141 Ninth St.
Items dropped off at those locations must be the size of a laptop or smaller and should not include towers, screens or keyboards. Items that can be recycled include old cell phones, smart phones, cell phone batteries and chargers, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets, aircards and Bluetooth, ink and toner cartridges, laptops, GPS devices and headphones. An additional free cell phone collection box is located downtown in the Wells Fargo bank lobby.
Any funding returned through the certified recyclers who receive these items benefits the Routt County Sustainable Schools program.
Larger electronics such as computers, televisions and VCRs can be recycled locally and legally for a small fee to consumers through such businesses as Waste Management or G&S Mountain Recyclers in north Steamboat. Complete recycling location information is available in both English and Spanish at yvsc.org/recyclingguide.
Foreign film double header continues 7 pm Wednesday
Bud Werner Memorial Library's free May double-header foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at the Chief Theater with "Wondrous Boccaccio."
The international film festival favorite from Italy was directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani.
Set against the backdrop of a 14th century, black plague-stricken Florence, 10 young men and women escape to a country estate, where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate and resurrection.
From the legendary Italian filmmaking Taviani brothers, directors of the Palme d'Or winning "Fiorile" and the Golden Bear award-winning "Caesar Must Die," "Wondrous Boccaccio" is a visual and poetic tribute to the stories that emerged from one of the darkest periods in Italian history and the imaginations that quietly fueled them.
The film screens in Italian with English subtitles. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org.