Steamboat briefs: Alzheimer’s support group to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday

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The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors a free monthly support group for spouses caring for a partner with dementia. The group, which offers an opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting, meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Rollingstone Respite House. The next group meeting is Thursday, March 2. Call Barbara at 970-879-8942 for more information.

Indie Lens Pop-Up film focuses on Sandy Hook community

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Indie Lens Pop-Up season continues with a free screen-ing of “Newtown,” a documentary film by Kim A. Snyder, at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall.

“Newtown” uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors and first responders, “Newtown” documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a film screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around films from the award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” The community is encouraged to stay for a discussion after the film. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Extension offers training to cottage foods producers

The Routt County CSU Extension office is offering a Food Safety for Cottage Foods Producers training that will teach entrepreneur cooks about rules governing food they produce in their home kitchens. The training will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the CSU Extension office in the annex behind the historic courthouse.

Attendees will learn which foods are permissible in the Cottage Food Act and learn food safety considerations in setting up home kitchens for a food business. Successful completion of this training will fulfill the food safety training requirements for the Colorado Cottage Food Act.

The cost of the certification training is $25. Contact Routt County Extension at 970-879-0825 to register.

State Energy Office sponsors energy efficiency sessions

The Colorado Energy Office will sponsor two “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Home-Buying Transaction” classes at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Conference Room, 625 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 202.

Trainer Nikki Maline, an energy coach with Energy Smart Colorado, will teach the two-hour class covering the latest on new energy tools in the real estate market including energy-efficiency mortgages for existing homes, Home Energy Score, Green MLS, FHA and Fannie Mae addition of stretch debt to income ratio for buyers of energy efficient homes.

Realtors and appraisers can earn two continuing education credits for attending one of the sessions. RSVP for either time at buyenergyefficienthome.eventbrite.com.

Draft recreation site analysis document available

A draft document, which makes management recommendations for recreation sites on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, is available for public review.

Throughout the past year, U.S. Forest Service staff with the Medicine Bow-Routt have under-taken a unitwide analysis of their developed recreation sites. The internal analysis, physical examination and subsequent recommendations will result in management direction, changes and priorities in coming years.

A web page has been developed for public information and feedback on the MBRTB Recreation Site Analysis. Visit fs.usda.gov/goto/mbrtb/rsa to view the draft document and to submit comments, which should be submitted by today.

There are currently 221 developed recreation sites on the MBRTB. Those sites include boat docks, campgrounds, interpretive sites, picnic areas, trailheads and visitor centers.

Event set to focus on turning food waste into energy

Community members are invited to learn about anaerobic digestion, a technology that turns food waste into energy, at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s monthly Talking Green event, which be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s fellowship hall, 846 Oak St.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is raising awareness about new ways to think about food waste. According to the EPA, 20 percent of waste that goes to the landfill is food. This rotting food releases methane, a powerful short-term greenhouse gas that is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.

Anaerobic digestion is a process that captures methane from decomposing food and organic waste and converts it into usable energy. Sybil Sharvelle from CSU’s Depart-ment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, local agricultural producer Mark Berkley of Innovative Ag and Brendan McCrann from Future Pointe will present on the process of anaerobic digestion and its practical use in the Yampa Valley.

The event is free and open to the public.

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