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Steamboat briefs: US Highway 40 to get fresh coat of paint in Steamboat

Contracted crews will be striping a seven-mile section of U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs beginning Wednesday, June 24. The work is moving eastbound from Curve Court to just before the junction of Colorado Highway 131 and is expected to last a couple of nights.

Crews will work from about 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and minor traffic delays should be expected. This is a mobile operation so one lane of traffic will still be flowing. Road condition and project updates are available at cotrip.org, or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state.

Kids R/C car autocross event to be held at Tennis Center

The Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup and Sill-TerHar Motors will host an R/C car autocross event for kids from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat. Hard, compound tires are requested to protect the courts' surface. RSVP to sth.jeffreyc@gmail.com with participant's age, car type and skill level.

Steamboat YPN to host annual Summer Solstice Party

Steamboat Springs Young Professional Network will host its annual summer party from 5:30 p.m. to close Saturday, June 20 at Butcherknife Brewery. The event is open to members and non-members alike. The event will include music spun by DJs Vinja, Tony Esse and Jess Esse, a photo booth, pizza and beer. Members will receive some free drinks and apps, and non-members can become members at the door.

Crane Festival kids coloring contest currently underway

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival kids coloring contest is underway. The crane drawing, designed by art teacher Rose Swenson, is available starting Thursday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Ciao Gelato, Creekside Cafe and Yampatika.  The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website at coloradocranes.org.

Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it back to these same locations by Aug. 10.  Winners will be notified in late August, and awards will be given out at a special ceremony at the library on Aug. 31, the opening night of the festival. All contest entries will be displayed at the library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

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USDA accepting nominations for FSA county committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees has begun.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once per month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are more than 7,700 farmer and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency-administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held.

To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1.

For more information, visit local office at offices.usda.gov.

Young artists program open to middle school students

A free program for young artists is being offered to Steamboat Middle School students this summer. The six-week program for fifth- through eighth-grade students will begin Monday, June 19. It will continue from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays through July 24. The sessions are being led by Steamboat Springs High School senior, author and theater student Eden McGuire. Interested students should meet in front of the high school. Hats, water and sunscreen are recommended. Email edenfmcguire@gmail.com for more information.

Local student earns degree from University of Vermont

Madison Keeffe of Steamboat Springs graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English during commencement ceremonies on May 21 at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The university conferred degrees this year on an estimated 3,228 graduates.

Soroco announces second semester honor roll students

Soroco High School has released its honor roll for the second semester of the 2016-17 school year. Students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 and were named to the list are listed below by grade.

Honor students include the following.

Seniors: Cassandra Constine, Kendra Halder, DaKota Bruner, Caylee Hood, Emma Johnson, Morgan Palyo, Hunter Reynen, Nathan Rogers, Brandon Veilleux and Michaela Villa

Juniors: Schuyler Carlson, Charlee Veilleux, Kendall Hood, Benjamin Kelley, Mattie Rossi, Taylor Sanchez and Bailey Singer.

Sophomores: Truman Anarella, Taylor Kirby, Jace Logan, Grant Redmond, Joshua Taing, Chloe Veilleux, Grace Beaty, Katelyn Olinger and Grace Olinger.

Freshmen: Kourtney Bruner, Samuel Clyncke, Jadyn Ellis, Nicholas Estes, Morgan Geiger, Jesse Koler, Kaci Holliday, Bailey Iacovetto and Gabriel Knight.

Museum offers ghost mine driving tour to Oak Creek

Tread of Pioneers Museum will host a "Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek" with historian Jim Stanko from 9 a.m. to noon June 30. Participants will ride the Tread of Pioneers Museum's bus along Colorado Highway 131 and learn about the coal mining history of Routt County. Once in Oak Creek, a guided tour of Tracks and Trails Museum will be offered. The cost of the tour is $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for kids younger than 12. Reservation and pre-payment is required by June 23 and can be sent to cbannister@treadofpioneers.org.