News in Brief for Feb. 17

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Nancy Stahoviak moved to

Doak Walker Care Center

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak was moved to the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs on Sunday for physical and occupational therapy.

Stahoviak was flown to a Denver hospital because of life-threatening kidney failure and infections in mid-December and then returned to her Routt County home Jan. 20. She underwent one of four surgeries Feb. 4 to replace her knee implants and fight the infection in her knees. The next could be scheduled for mid-March.

After almost two weeks recovering in Denver, she will stay at Doak Walker Care Center for at least the rest of this week.

"This surgery was a little more difficult then I thought," Stahoviak said. "It's been kind of tough."

Much of her days are filled with therapy, so she encourages visitors to come after 4 p.m. and to call before they come.

Residents should return South Routt surveys soon

South Routt residents should return surveys from the South Routt Vision Committee by March 1. The committee, one of six formed as a result of the South Routt Community Economic Assessment, designed the survey to find out what South Routt residents want for the area's future.

The survey asks people whether South Routt needs its own economic base, whether it needs more recreational opportunities, whether more housing should be developed and whether maintaining the area's agricultural character and heritage is important, among other questions.

Surveys can be mailed or dropped off at the Oak Creek or Yampa town halls, or Morrison Creek Water District Office in Stagecoach.

People who didn't receive a survey and want to fill one out can call Jane Stitt at 736-1000.

Children younger than 12 get in dance concert free

Children younger than 12 will receive free admission March 4 for general seating at the Steamboat Dance Theatre's 32nd Annual Dance Concert.

The concert features shows March 4, 5 and 6 at the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for reserved seating, $15 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students in general admission seating only.

Tickets are on sale at All That Jazz and The Depot. Call 879-9008 for information.

Open basketball sessions to resume March 3

The open gym basketball sessions typically offered from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings will not be offered Wednesday or Feb. 25.

Regular sessions will resume March 3. Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation hosts open gym basketball every Wednesday from March 3 through April 7. The cost is $4 per session.

Free children's health fairs held during March

Free children's health fairs will be held throughout Routt County during March. The events, open to children 4 months to 5 years old, are an interagency effort to promote good health. Vision, hearing, language, physical and thinking-skills screenings will be provided.

The first fair is March 8 and 9 in South Routt. To make an appointment, call 736-2313 after Feb. 22.

The second fair is March 15 and 16 in Steamboat Springs; call 879-0391 after Feb. 29 to make an appointment.

The final fair is March 18 and 19 in Hayden. Call 276-3756 after Feb. 29 to make an appointment.

Cancer support group begins meetings Feb. 18

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be one of the most frightening experiences a person may have. One of the key components to battling cancer is knowledge. Taking charge of personal health and educating oneself about the diagnosis can give back to cancer patients some of the control the diagnosis took away.

"Taking Charge," a monthly educational support group, will begin meeting monthly Feb. 18 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. The program, sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association, will meet at noon one Wednesday each month for lunch and educational topics related to a cancer diagnosis. The group is for adults with any type of cancer diagnosis as well as their family and friends. The first meeting will feature pathologist Bill Cox speaking on the first step, understanding your diagnosis through the pathology report. Future topics will include the effects of chemotherapy on the brain, radiation therapy, family dynamics and nutrition. Call Katy Thiel at 879-1632.

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