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Steamboat briefs: Routt County OEM lists fireworks precautions

Routt County Office of Emergency Management has released a list of fireworks safety tips in advance of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The wildland fire partners of Routt County remind residents and visitors that fireworks are not toys. They can cause severe injuries and pose a fire hazard.

Following are fireworks safety tips:

■ Use fireworks outdoors only.

■ Always have water handy.

■ Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter or combine them.

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■ Never re-light a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

■ Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter.

■ Alcohol and fireworks don't mix. Have a designated shooter.

■ Only people 12 and older should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

■ Make sure the person lighting the fireworks always wears eye protection.

■ Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

■ Fireworks of any kind are illegal on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Fireworks that are permissible for use in Colorado include sparklers, fountains, ground spinners and novelty fireworks that do not explode, leave the ground or fly through the air. Firecrackers, rockets, Roman candles and mortars are not legal anywhere in Colorado.

Hayden Public Library to close Friday and Saturday

The Hayden Public Library will be closed Friday and Saturday in observance of Independence Day. The library will re-open Monday. For more information, call the library at 970-276-3777 or visit yampavalleyinfor/haydenlib.asp.

Emerald Mountain trails open ahead of schedule

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office opened some popular Emerald Mountain trails Saturday ahead of the scheduled opening day. 

The Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area trails south of Ridge Trail were opened early due to unseasonably warm weather conditions. 

A Dec. 1 through June 30 seasonal closure applies to trails in the Emerald Mountain SRMA in Zone 2 and south of Ridge Trail in Zone 1 to protect wintering and calving elk. This closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast. Only the Ridge Trail and trails north of Ridge Trail are open year-round.

"After discussions with CPW, all public lands at the Emerald Mountain SRMA will be open for recreational use due to the unseasonably warm weather conditions that have occurred this year," Wendy Reynolds, field manager of Little Snake Field Office, said.

 For more information, please call Gina Robison at 970-826-5083.

Community Ag Alliance is 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. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.

VNA: Avoid mosquito bites and the 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, when mosquitoes are most active.

■ 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.

Student earns dean's list at Minnesota university

David J. Robey, of Steamboat Springs, has been named to the University of St. Thomas 2015 spring semester dean's list. Students must earn a 3.5 grade point average to receive the honor. The University of St. Thomas is a liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Many areas of donation center seek volunteers

LIFT-UP of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization's donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Jackie at 970-870-0727.

Cadet program accepts applications for youth

Civil Air Patrol is accepting applications from boys and girls ages 12 to 18 for its cadet program, which centers around aviation, aerospace technology, leadership, fitness and character. 

Go to the Steamboat Springs Airport from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, or attend one of the events held on the second Tuesday of the month at Heritage Christian School. For more information, call 303-524-5964.

Civic organization meets Wednesdays to fulfill needs

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club now meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at The Egg & I restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The group is one of Steamboat's oldest civic organizations, chartered in 1923. Meetings are open to members as well as those who are interested in learning more about the Lions Club.

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club is made up of civic-minded men and women of all ages who identify needs within the Steamboat Springs community and work to fulfill them. 

Throughout the years, the group plans or participates in numerous events and programs. It collects eyeglasses for those in need throughout the world and provides free vision screening for youths in Routt County schools and at health fairs. It supports United Way Day of Caring and the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. It provides scholarships for high school seniors and funding for local youth groups, such as Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. 

Highlight events include its annual Thanksgiving turkey drive, highway cleanup days, participation in the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. The club's largest fundraiser is its annual Christmas tree sale in November and December.

For more information on joining, call Theo at 970-879-4889. For general information on the club, visit skilions.org or find the club on Facebook at facebook.com/skitownlions.