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Steamboat briefs: ReTree Steamboat planting day rescheduled to Sunday

The ReTree Steamboat community planting event, originally scheduled for Sunday, June 11, is set for Sunday, June 25. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs and Colorado State Forest Service, will plant 200 alder, willow and red osier dogwood trees in Workman Park on Yampa Street. For more information about the planting event and to sign up to volunteer, visit yvsc.org/retree, or contact Sarah Jones at sarah@yvsc.org.

Hayden plans to aerial spray for mosquitos next week

The Town of Hayden is planning to aerial spray mosquitos Wednesday, June 28 or Thursday, June 29. All spraying is contingent upon wind and weather conditions and will take place during the evening hours.  Call town hall at 970-276-3741 for more information.

Fees for state issued driver licenses to change Saturday

Beginning Saturday, July 1, the fee for a Colorado driver license will increase by $1 — from $26 to $27. Other fees will remain the same. 

This change was a result of HB16-1415 for the purpose of offsetting the cost of providing Division of Motor Vehicles driver services.  The fee for a driver license under SB-251 (Colorado Road and Community Safety Act) will not change, because the cost for providing this service is already fully recouped. 

Visit colorado.gov/dmv/driver-license-and-related-fees for more information.  The DMV encourages individuals to skip the trip to the DMV by using one of the 18 online services, including driver license renewal, available at mydmv.colorado.gov.

Insurance division to modify open enrollment period

The Colorado Division of Insurance, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, intends to modify the next open enrollment period for individual health insurance coverage beyond the deadline that will be used in states with a federal health insurance marketplace.

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The state's open enrollment period for 2018 will begin Nov. 1 and end Jan. 12, 2018, for Coloradans buying their own health insurance for 2018.

In states that use Healthcare.gov as their health insurance exchange, the federal government has set Dec. 15 as the end date for open enrollment.

Because Colorado has its own exchange — Connect for Health Colorado® — the state has some flexibility to set open enrollment period dates. In previous years, open enrollment periods have run from November through February.

"Our consistent approach this year is to be as flexible as possible and do everything within our power to ensure consumers have a viable health insurance market for the 2018 plan year," said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar in a news release. "While this year's open enrollment is shorter than in years past, in consultation with Connect for Health Colorado, we determined that this gradual approach to reducing the open enrollment period will be better for Colorado consumers."

The CDI will notify insurance carriers of these dates as the enrollment period applies to all health insurance carriers in the state offering individual health insurance coverage, whether they sell through Connect for Health or off the exchange.

These dates apply to individual health insurance coverage enrollment. Employers that offer health insurance may require different open enrollment dates.

Steamboat School District announces building closures

The Steamboat Springs School District has announced summer building closings. Soda Creek Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School will be closed Monday, June 26, through Monday, July 31. Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs High School will be closed Friday, June 30, through Monday, July 31, and the district administrative office will be closed July 3 through 7.

Opera Steamboat looking for summer festival volunteers

Opera Steamboat is looking for volunteers to assist with 2017 festival concerts and master classes, which run from Aug. 4 to 12. Positions range from box office, ushering, set-up and much more. Call 970-879-1996 or email beth@operasteamboat.org for more information or to sign up to volunteer.

Weigh and Win kiosk at Northwest Colorado Health

Weigh and Win is a free community program that provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly at a kiosk located in the lobby at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs.

Between weigh-ins, participants receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss challenges. Weigh and Win is a nonprofit program aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado. Participation is free.

The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants can enroll at the kiosk, at weighandwin.com or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702. Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/weighandwin or call 970-871-7618 for more information.