Steamboat briefs: Nissa Parker is November’s Optimist Teen of the Month |

Steamboat briefs: Nissa Parker is November’s Optimist Teen of the Month

Nissa Parker

Nissa Parker, a 16-year-old senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, was named Optimist Teen of the Month for November, according to a news release.

Parker, who holds a 4.0 GPA, has been named to the headmaster's list throughout her time at the high school and was inducted into the National Honor Society in spring 2012. She has volunteered at LIFT-UP of Routt County since she was in sixth grade and has participated in volunteer trips to Romania, Chile and Peru. Parker's interests include playing the cello and dancing as well as going on outdoor adventures, including hiking, backpacking and rock climbing.

In the future, Parker hopes to attain an advanced college degree, play professionally in an orchestra and "make the world a better place" through work as a politician or at a nonprofit.

Parker's advice to other students is to not worry too much about what other people thing about you as well as to stay open minded and flexible so as to learn from every experience. "Don't carry a negative outlook because that will only make your life harder," she wrote.

Flamingo fundraiser helps Partners in Routt County

During National Mentoring Month in January, Partners in Routt County is working to raise funds through a flamingo fundraiser. For $15, Routt County residents can request a flock of 10 plastic flamingos be placed in a yard of their choice. The flock will roost for about 24 hours before migrating to another yard. Partners also is offering anti-flocking insurance for $15. By purchasing the insurance, Routt County residents can ensure that no flamingos will roost in their yard. For more information, visit or call 970-879-6141.

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Parks and Wildlife accepting matching grant applications

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments to distribute as much as $1.7 million in matching grants for projects in Colorado in 2013 that benefit fishing, shooting ranges or boating, according to a news release.

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■ Applications for the Fishing is Fun grant program are due March 1. More information is at

■ Applications for the Boat Colorado grant program are due March 2. More information is at

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