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Steamboat briefs: Upcoming seminar to deal with pond construction

A seminar outlining the do's and don'ts of pond construction is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

Speakers will include representatives from Colorado Division of Water Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Colorado State Land Board, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

The event is hosted by the Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado Division of Water Resources and the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basing Round Table.

Coffee and pastries will be served.

BookTrails adds two new camps to summer offerings

Due to high demand, BookTrails has added two new camps to their Reading on Ranches 2015 camp season. Lego Camp will be held Monday through July 24 and another session of Camp Splash will be offered July 27 to July 31. Lego Camp is all about building. Students will read a building-related book and learn how different animals build their habitats in nature. Campers can expect to learn how to build survival shelters, hike to look for signs of habitats and, of course, play with Legos. Sign up at mybooktrails.org or call 855-426-6587 with questions.

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Low-interest loans can help farmers start, expand

Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest loans available through the FSA direct farm ownership program, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Colorado Farm Service Agency Director Leland Swenson. Applications must be approved by Sept. 30 to take advantage of the funding available.

Eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs or promote soil and water conservation. The interest rate can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

"If you are thinking about purchasing or expanding your farm or ranch, our affordable loans can help," Swenson said. "There are no backlogs or waiting for funds, so give us a call today."

New farmers and ranchers, military veterans and underserved farmers and ranchers also are encouraged to apply. Each year Congress targets 80 percent of available loan funds to beginning and targeted underserved farmers and ranchers. 

For more information about the farm loan program, visit fsa.usda.gov/farmloans or contact the local FSA office. 

Weed spraying operation scheduled for local parks

The City of Steamboat Springs has been awarded a grant from the state of Colorado for the treatment and removal of noxious weeds on Emerald Mountain and Spring Creek Park. There will be a weed spraying technician working on Emerald Mountain in early summer and on Spring Creek later in the summer. All trails on the Emerald Mountain trail system will be treated.

The affected trails and areas will be marked with yellow flagging prior to spraying, and markers will remain in place for 24 hours. The trails will be safe for use, but if you wish to avoid spraying operations, alternative trails and routes will be accessible.

The chemical used to treat the noxious weeds will be marked with blue dye for easy identification of the treated areas. Do not handle blue-stained vegetation, and keep pets at a safe distance. For more information, call Brad Setter, Howelsen Ski Hill/rodeo supervisor, at 970-871-7035 or email bsetter@steamboatsprings.net.

Museum displays artist's photo retrospective

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is now exhibiting a 50-plus year photography retrospective by longtime regional photographer Rod Hanna. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 9.

Hanna moved to Steamboat Springs from Kansas City in 1975 after 13 years as an award-winning photojournalist and sports photography specialist. He then began a 25-year career marketing the Steamboat Ski Resort. During that time, he also served 10 years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos.

His interest turned to nature landscape and fine art photography. His photographs have appeared in a number of books by the National Football League and in a variety of national publications, including People, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Travel & Leisure.

Hanna is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs for his landscape photography and USA Today Sports Images for his legacy NFL photographs. In November 2007, he published his first book of his landscape photographs, "Seasons of Light, Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley," and in 2010, his second book, "Seasons of Gold," portraying autumn on Colorado's Western Slope.

In 1984, he started and directed a workshop in Steamboat Springs called "Photography at the Summit" that ran for eight years and now is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work can also be seen at rodhanna.com.

Library seeking volunteers for sand painting event

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking volunteers to help manage the community sand painting during the five days of Mandala on the Yampa from July 29 to Aug.2, while the Drepung Loseling monks are in residence at Library Hall. Learn from the monks themselves about how to paint with sand, then be an on-site liaison to the community as everyone is welcomed to try their hand at this ancient art by working on the community sand painting.

The library needs lead artists to commit to being on-site in Library Hall for a two- to three-hour shift, ideally on multiple days, plus one half-hour training with the monks. Those interested in volunteering for a lead artist position should contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at 970-367-4971 or jlay@steamboatlibrary.org.

Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events/mandala-on-the-yampa for more information about the monks, the mandala sand painting they will create this summer, and the community sand painting.

Construction to continue through end of August

Construction on Routt County Road 14 is scheduled to continue through Aug. 31. The road will be completely closed from Hibbert Lane to Henderson Park for two weeks from Monday through Aug. 1. Motorists are encouraged to use Colorado Highway 131 as a detour route during the construction.

Individuals sought to become victim advocates

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line.

Twenty-five hours of training is provided and will take place in early October according to participant schedules.

Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County.

Those who are interested may call Kasey or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.