Briefs for June 23

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Two teens in car accident released from hospital

Two of the nine teenagers involved in a rollover accident near Hayden on Sunday morning were released from a Grand Junction hospital.

Tomas Marquez, 23, the driver of the vehicle, was released Monday. Chase Beach, 18, one of eight passengers in the 1995 Ford Taurus, was released Tuesday, St. Mary's Hospital spokeswoman Devra Ashby said.

Stormy Beach, 16, the most seriously injured of the teenagers, was upgraded from critical to serious condition Tuesday, Ashby said.

All three patients were airlifted to St. Mary's after the accident on U.S. Highway 40, two miles west of Hayden. All are from Hayden.

Brandon Rinker, 21, of Hayden and Levi Heythaler, 17, and Chelsea Merrill, 16 -- both of Craig -- were released from Yampa Valley Medical Center on Monday. Sarah Coyner, 17, also of Craig was in fair condition Tuesday, hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said.

Marlene Grubbs, 17, of Hayden was treated at the hospital and released Sunday morning.

Trooper Rick Kaspar said Monday that he is asking Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James to recommend charges of careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol for Marquez.

Beaux Arts Festival Strada D'Arte event needs artists

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is calling for artists to participate in the Strada D'Arte event Aug. 6 and 7. Strada D'Arte is a traditional form of Italian street painting -- artists would cover church courtyards with renderings of the Madonna and other religious scenes.

For the Beaux Arts Festival, artists will design and decorate a concrete square (either 3-by-3 feet or 6-by-6 feet) using ground pastel chalk. This typically is a full-day project. Interested artists who want a chance to show off their talents and imagination should call Dona Steele at 879-9038 or the Arts Council at 879-9008. A meeting for interested artists will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 6 at the Depot Art Center.

Register for Steamboat Animated Wall of Sound

Registration is under way for the Steamboat Animated Wall of Sound, a singing group for elementary and middle school-age children directed by Christel Houston. Rehearsals are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning July 6. The group will perform two concerts with Norman Foote at Strings in the Mountains on Aug. 10. Call 276-1444.

Steamboat Mountain Chili Festival needs cooks

Chili cooks are needed to take part in a chili cookoff that will happen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 in Gondola Square as part of the Steamboat Mountain Chili Festival. Prizes include a ski vacation to The Canyons, Utah; dinner for two at The Cabin; and round-trip airline tickets. To enter, call 871-5382.

Three Sterling Anniversary Awards have been given

Three of five $5,000 Sterling Anniversary Awards have been awarded by Yampa Valley Community Foundation in recognition of its 25th anniversary. The awards are co-sponsored by the YVCF and businesses, organizations and individuals.

Environment nominations are due Oct. 15. Arts and culture nominations are due Nov. 20.

A one-page nomination letter that includes the mission of the organization being nominated and why it's deserving of the award can be e-mailed to publisher@steamboatpilot.com or sent by fax to 879-2888.

For more information, call 879-8632.

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