News briefs for May 30


Northwest Colorado Water Summit is Thursday in Hayden

The 2006 Northwest Colorado Water Summit, "Challenges to Our Water Future," the 2006 Water Summit, is at 1 and 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Hayden.

A $15 pre-registration is required. At 1 p.m., the first 40 summit registrants will have the opportunity to tour the Elkhead Reservoir Enlargement Project with project engineer Ray Tenney. At 3:45 p.m., all participants will gather at Hayden High School.

Speakers will include Russell George, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources; Patrick O'Toole, president of Family Farm Alliance; and the Honorable Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Justice. Two panel discussions also will take place.

Taylor-White golf tourney is Saturday

The 19th annual Legislative Golf Tournament and Banquet is Saturday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. The tournament is hosted by state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park.

The tournament is a five-person scramble format. A social hour and banquet follows the tournament at the Craig Holiday Inn, where former state Sen. Norma Anderson will serve as master of ceremonies. The banquet meal will be prepared by Napa Valley Marriott executive chef Brian Martinez, who will present a four-course wine-dinner paring.

The public is invited to participate in the tournament and banquet, and numerous legislators are expected to attend.

The golf tournament costs $75 a person, and the banquet is $35 a person. Legislator sponsorships are $125.

Call Jim Chappell at 871-2231 or Corrie Scott at 824-5694.

Officials offer tips for tick season

State health officials are advising travelers to the mountains to be aware that it is tick season and to take a few simple precautions to prevent tick bites. There are several diseases that can be transmitted by ticks in Colorado, and avoiding tick bites is the best prevention.

"There is no need to limit your outdoor activities," said John Pape, an epidemiologist who specializes in animal-related diseases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "Just taking a few simple precautions can prevent tick bites."

He advised individuals to wear light-colored clothing, which makes it easier to see ticks, and to apply a small amount of insect repellent containing less than 30 percent of DEET to areas of exposed skin, especially on the ankles and legs. Pape said that the most effective way to avoid tick bites and prevent transmission of any diseases the tick may carry is to conduct regular "tick checks." He suggested that head-to-toe searches, which focus in particular on the neck beneath the hair, should be conducted every couple of hours during a mountain excursion.

Courage Classic cycling event is next month

Cyclists across Colorado are gearing up for the 17th annual Courage Classic, a benefit for The Children's Hospital. The event is July 22-24. Last year's Courage Classic raised more than $1.6illion for the hospital. Race events include the traditional three-day, 157-mile bike ride; the Century Option, during which advanced cyclists head up Ute Pass to tackle an additional 100 miles; and the Taste of Courage, a one-day ride for cyclists of all ages. Riders are encouraged to register online at

The circus is coming to town next week

The Jordan World Circus returns to Craig on June 10 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The show begins at 5:30 p.m. The midway opens one hour before the show.

Adult tickets are $16 at the gate. Coupons for a free admission for youths 12 and younger are available at local businesses.

Landowner workshop set at Frentress Ranch

Landowners interested in wildlife, habitat, range management, partnerships, incentive programs and economic diversification opportunities are invited to attend a free landowner workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Frentress Ranch.

Learn from ranchers and resource professionals about wildlife and range management on private land.

Participating agencies include the Routt County Conservation District, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yampa Valley Land Trust and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so RVP to 879-3225, ext. 3, by Wednesday.

Yampa Valley Electric meeting is June 17

The annual meeting of members of the Yampa Valley Electric Association is June 17 in the Hayden High School auditorium.

At the meeting, YVEA members will hear reports from officers and directors and elect three directors.

Legal descriptions of the director districts and nomination petitions forms are available at YVEA offices in Craig and Steamboat Springs. Call 879-1160 or 879-7270 for more information.

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