Steamboat briefs: Early voting ongoing at the Routt County Courthouse

Routt County voters can cast ballots during the early voting period Monday through Friday. Early voting is in the Trout Creek conference room in the courthouse annex on Sixth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fire crews will burn slash piles through fall and winter

Because of recent moisture, fire crews in the Medicine Bow and Routt National forests have begun burning slash piles, according to a news release.

During the past few years, Medicine Bow and Routt fire crews have been able to reduce hazardous fuels generated from the bark beetle epidemic. The fires are prescribed to reduce the remaining dead fuels, and pile burning will continue through the fall and winter, as long as weather permits, according to the release

Forest users should be aware that smoke from these burns often will be visible. 

Community book discussion on Tim O’Brien’s book Monday

A community book discussion of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” is at 6 p.m. Monday at Bud Werner Memorial Library as part of One Book Steamboat. The discussion is being led by Steamboat Springs High School teachers Jenny Gabriel and Deirdre Boyd. More information can be found at www.steamboatlibrary.org/events/one-book-steamboat.

LIFT-UP will distribute coats donated starting Monday

Coast that were collected as part of the LIFT-UP Community Coat Drive will be distributed from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the LIFT-UP Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court. One coat will be distributed per person in need. For more information, call 970-870-8804 or visit www.liftupofrouttcounty.org.

Weigh and Win continues through Tuesday at YVMC

Weigh and Win, a free community program that pays you to achieve a healthy weight, is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Visit www.weighand

win.com or search LiveWellNWCO on Facebook for more information. Call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110 with questions.

Business plan competition submissions due Wednesday

The deadline for business plan competition submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Plans must be dropped off at the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, Room 129 at the Colorado Mountain College academic center. Evaluation criteria will be based 50 percent on the written plan and 50 percent on an early November presentation of the plan to a group of experienced business professionals. The winner will be awarded $2,500, three months of office space in the Entrepreneurship Center and a chance to meet with a venture capitalist. Rules for the competition can be found at www.coloradomtn.edu/sbrc or by calling 970-870-4491. The program is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs, CMC and Yampa Valley SCORE.

Whiteout Volleyball Club considers coach candidates

The Whiteout Volleyball Club of Steamboat Springs is considering candidates to coach its competitive volleyball teams. If you have previous volleyball coaching experience or significant playing experience (college-playing experience is preferred) and would be interested in being considered for a coaching position, email Darcey Johnston at coachdarcey@gmail.com. Coaching positions are paid. The season runs from December to April and includes two practices per week and at least four out-of-town weekend tournaments. 

National Novel Writing Month kicks off Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library kicks off National Novel Writing Month with a gathering for prospective novelists at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the administrative conference room.

The monthlong writing group is a fun, free, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing, where participants of all ages begin writing Thursday with the goal to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight Nov. 30. The kickoff event includes writing resources, pep talks, a forum for gripes and the beginnings of a novel writing support network. More information is at www.steamboat

library.org/events.

Grand Futures seeking volunteers ages 21 to 31

Grand Futures is looking for community volunteers, ages 21 to 35, to assist in development of content and messaging for a new impaired driving prevention media campaign. The group will be meeting no more than twice in November, with limited additional meetings during the next year. Those who are interested are asked to contact Kate Elkins at kate@grandfutures.org or 970-879-6188. 

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