Briefs for Aug. 16 |

Briefs for Aug. 16

How many computers do you own that have become road-kill on the information highway? Are they stacked in closets, hidden in basements, stuffed behind couches or sitting on garage shelves?

According to the National Safety Council, 20 million home computers will become obsolete in 2005. Think of how much landfill space they could take up.

Computer monitors contain five to nine pounds of lead. Other hazardous contaminants in computers include cadmium, zinc, copper, chromium, mercury, manganese, antimony, arsenic, nickel, tricloroethan and polychorlinated biphenyls.

Solutions Oriented Systems will host a computer equipment recycling event from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Moffat County Library parking lot at 570 Green St. There will be a nominal recycling charge.

Items that can be recycled include personal computers, printers, copiers, monitors, keyboards, speakers, cell phones, computer mice, scanners, all-in-one personal computers, all-in-one printer/copier/scanners and TV sets as big as 27 inches.

For questions or more information, call Solutions Oriented Systems at (970) 824-7414.

Prescribed burn

at Ryegrass Draw

The Bureau of Land Management began a prescribed burn Monday in Ryegrass Draw about one mile west of Greystone near County Road 56. The burn started about one week earlier than planned because of current favorable weather conditions. The burn is a continuation of a project that began in 2003.

The project area is about 800 acres of private and BLM public lands. The purpose of the burn, in conjunction with mechanical treatments previously completed in the area, is to provide protection to the community of Greystone from wildland fires. The reduction of fuels also will aid firefighters in future suppression actions.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 318. All required permits have been obtained. Burning will be conducted under good to better smoke dispersion, which should loft most of the smoke over Greystone and minimize smoke effects.

VNA receives funding from Hayden businesses

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has received significant financial support from organizations in Hayden, bolstering their public campaign for the acquisition of The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden.

On Thursday, The Haven board of directors voted to pledge an additional $25,000 toward the VNA’s acquisition campaign.

Babson Carpenter Founda–tion notified the VNA that they would grant $20,000 toward the acquisition campaign, double the initial request of $10,000.

During the past month, VNA has also received the following funds: $1,000 from the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary; $1,000 from Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club; $25,000 from the Boettcher Foundation; and $50,000 from the Adolph Coors Foundation.

For more information, contact Suzi Mariano at (970) 879-1632 or e-mail

Register now for Rural Philanthropy Days

Registration is under way for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, which returns to Northwest Colorado for the first time in four years. This year’s event will be Sept. 11 to 13 at The Inn at Silver Creek in Granby.

This is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties to meet with Colorado funders to learn more about each other, build relationships and explore funding opportunities.

The $75 registration fee allows nonprofits access to training, panels and workshops, plus the chance to have valuable face-time with the people from large private and government funders who make the decisions about where to send grant monies.

Online registration may be completed at Call Nicole at (970) 887-9838 to receive a form.

Tickets now on sale for annual Literary Sojourn

Tickets are now on sale for Literary Sojourn, the premier festival of authors in the Rocky Mountain Region. The 13th annual celebration of books and reading will be held Sept. 10 in Steamboat Springs. This year’s master of ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, a regular on NPR’s Morning Edition. Guest authors are Chris Abani, Haven Kimmel, Patrick McGrath and Ruth Ozeki.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn Web site. Call the library at 879-0240 or Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 879-6830.

Ranch horse clinic at fairgrounds this week

A ranch horse clinic with Don Ulmer will be held Friday and Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds, the day before the Routt County Fair ranch horse competition. The cost is $45. Register by calling Marianne Sasak at 879-5214.

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