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Steamboat briefs: Water, sanitation board purchases Shop n Hop store

The Board of Directors of the Mt. Werner Water and Sanitation District has completed the purchase of the Shop n Hop convenience store, located along U.S. Highway 40 south of Steamboat Springs.

The board purchased the property to protect groundwater quality upstream of the district's wellfields, which provide 20 percent of the community's potable water supply.

"Protection of our groundwater resource is of paramount importance to our community and is consistent with the mission of the district," board President Kathy Connell said.

The former owner had indicated plans to expand operations, including the addition of diesel and higher-margin products and food service to increase traffic and profitability. Such expansion would have increased the intensity of activity on the existing footprint and, presumably, would also have required expansion of the existing septic system.

The former owner will close the store and fueling facility and will begin de-commissioning the storage tanks and associated infrastructure this summer.

Residents invited to sportsmen's roundtable

KREMMLING — Local sportsmen and women are invited to meet and discuss hunting and fishing issues with their resident representatives during the Northwest Region Sportsmen's Roundtable caucus, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the Blue Valley Sportsman Club in Kremmling.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife formed the Sportsmen's Roundtable in 2012 in a continuing effort to provide hunters and anglers with opportunities to submit input about wildlife management decisions.

The groups collect input from constituents in a variety of ways, including public meetings. The input is then relayed to Colorado Parks and Wildlife's leadership.

A variety of topics are open for discussion, including CPW's 2015 Strategic Plan, the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy and ideas and concepts for generating revenue.

Regional Sportsmen's Caucus meetings are open to participation by any hunter or angler who has an interest in the Northwest Region.

Schools require new K-12 varicella vaccinations

The state of Colorado's school immunization schedule now requires students in kindergarten through 12th grade to have two varicella (chicken pox) immunizations at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

Children typically have the first varicella immunization at age 1. They should have the second between 4 and 6. It is especially important students in eighth through 12th grades be vaccinated twice; the disease tends to be more severe in adolescents and adults. Students do not need to get the varicella vaccine if they have evidence of having had chicken pox.

Low-cost varicella and other recommended vaccinations for all ages are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's drop-in immunization clinics, which are held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Immunizations also are available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632. Visit colorado.gov/cdphe for more information on immunizations in Colorado.