Briefs for October 6


Sterling Award deadline nears for environment

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 various businesses, organizations and individuals.

In March, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club received the first Sterling Anniversary Award in the field of recreation. On May 19, Routt County 4-H received the second Sterling Award in the field of education. And in June, the Health and Human Services award was presented to Advocates Against Battering and Abuse. Awards also will be given to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture and the environment.

Environment nominations are due Oct. 15. The award will be presented during the week of Nov. 15, which is National Philanthropy and Community Foundation Week. Arts and Culture nominations are due Nov. 20. The award will be presented Dec. 15 at the YVCF's Annual Holiday Luncheon.

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 or sent by fax to 879-2888.

For more information, contact the YVCF at 970-879-8632.

Euzoa Bible Church hosts special study Oct. 21-23

Euzoa Bible Church hosts a special study, "The Feasts of the Lord," with a Hebrew perspective, Oct. 21 to 23. The cost is $30, including food, syllabus and child care, and registration is preferred. Call 879-0123.

Boy Scout troop selling Christmas wreaths

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 194 will be selling Christmas wreaths and garlands through October. They are raising money to go to the national jamboree in the summer of 2005 at Fort AP Hill, Va. Call 879-5241, 871-0912 or 870-9251.

Steamboat figure skaters holding pizza fund-raiser

In an effort to help cover the cost of ice time at the Howlsen Ice Arena, Steamboat figure skaters are having a pizza fund-raiser. The skaters are taking orders through Oct. 10 for Little Caesar pizza kits and cookie dough. Orders will be delivered Oct. 19. Call 846-3352.

League of Women Voters ready for Nov. 2 election

The Yampa Valley League of Women Voters, the local affiliate of the League of Women Voters, works to promote informed participation of citizens in government by providing nonpartisan educational information on topics of public concern and processes of government. The League of Women Voters of Colorado has been responsible for the preparation of a Ballot Issues 2004 pamphlet. The pamphlet briefly explains the differences between initiatives and referendums, amendments to the Colorado Constitution and amendments to the Revised Statutes. The pamphlet also contains a clearly stated background, explanation of each ballot issue and its major provisions. Also included in the pamphlet are submitted lists of arguments from those in favor of the issue and those against the issue.

The local league is working in two ways to inform and educate voters. League members distributed the Ballot Issues 2004 pamphlets locally at banks and libraries.

Many local members of the League are prepared to present a non-partisan discussion of the ballot issues based upon the Colorado pamphlet. If your organization would care to have a program presented by a league member at one of your meetings, call Catherine Lykken at 879-0604 and leave a message and number where you can be reached.

An eight-hour AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered Oct. 13 and 14 in Steamboat Springs. The program is an eight-hour classroom refresher that helps participants learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust their driving accordingly. It is the first and most recognized comprehensive nationwide course designed especially for the older driver. The class is sponsored by the Routt County Council on Aging and will be held at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call 879-0633 to register.

Old telephone books can be recycled at City Market in Central Park Plaza through Oct. 20. A large box is located in front of the store. Call 870-7575.

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is seeking applicants to lecture and/or give dance demontrations to elementary, middle and high school students for its Scool Outreach Program. This program teaches students dance movements, dance education, wellness and community responsibility. Call Kent at 879-6486.

An Oak Creek Skate Park Group meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Town Hall.

Heeling Friends, a pet visitation program at Yampa Valley Medical Center, will have a fall recruitment session for new animal/handler teams from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 6, and 12 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call 871-0021.

Flu vaccines are now available at Steamboat Medical Group, 1475 Pine Grove Road. The vaccine is $15 with payment at time of service or $18 if we bill your insurance. No appointment necessary. Steamboat Medical Group will hold Flu Shot Clinics from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6.

The Lutheran Women's Guild is holding its annual fall rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Clean items in good shape can be dropped off until Wednesday at the church on Amethyst Drive. Please, no tires, computers or large appliances. Call 879-0175.

The Snowboard Outreach Society is a nonprofit organization that is seeking volunteers for the upcoming season and current fund-raising events. Please contact Jodi Link at 970-845-7040 or e-mail for volunteering information. To learn more about the organization, visit

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for writers, photographers and graphic artists ages 13 to 18 to participate in Teen Style, a monthly section published in the Sunday newspaper for and about teens. Call Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 or e-mail

Military veterans can get information about veterans' benefits and programs by calling 879-5489 or stopping by the Routt County Veterans Services Office, in the Colorado Workforce Center in Sundance@Fish Creek. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Bring your DD Form 214 for registration with the county, application for Veterans Administration programs and for filing with the VSO office.

Funds available for mammograms, treatment

The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project has funds available through the end of the year to help pay for mammograms or breast cancer treatment for women who cannot afford such services. Call 879-1632.

RN Refresher Course Scheduled for Steamboat

Yampa Valley Medical Center will be a host site for a statewide re-entry course for registered nurses beginning in January 2005. Friday classes at YVMC will run from January 7 to April 22. In addition, three clinical labs will be taught at Mesa State College in Grand Junction on Saturdays.

Designed for inactive registered nurses who are considering re-entering the profession, the course is taught by Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center is coordinating the education and offering scholarships for Western Slope students.

Registered nurses who want to update their technological skills may contact Julie Alkema, RN, Yampa Valley Medical Center nursing education coordinator, for details about the class and scholarships. Call 879-1322.

Bud Werner Memorial Library welcomes parents and babies 24 months and younger to "Babytime," a free program starting Oct. 16. Babytime is designed to enhance a baby's natural love of language through rhymes, Mother Goose and simple books. This drop-in program is free and no registration is required. Babytime runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and again from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call 879-0240.

Registration for the city's Afterschool Action and School Days Off programs is open through the end of November. The programs, which are open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade, provide transportation from Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementaries, snacks, activities and homework tutoring. Stop by the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation office or call 879-4300.

The second annual Bite of the 'Boat, benefitting the Stepping Stones Transition Program, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Restaurants and businesses are being sought to take part in the fund-raiser by providing prepared food, non-alcoholic beverages and silent auction donations. The event will benefit Stepping Stones, which serves students with special needs ages 18 to 21. Stepping Stones is now in its second year and serves five to 10 students. To help with event, either by making a donation or volunteering, call Paula Lotz at 871-6937 or 846-6648.

A Kids Night Out swimming and pizza party is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, meeting at the Igloo adjacent to Howelsen Ice Arena. The event is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The cost is $12. Register at Parks and Recreation by 5 p.m. Thursday. Call Alexis at 879-6033.

Parent Connection, a support group for families of children with attention deficit disorder and similar conditions, meets at 6:15 pm Thursday at the Library House. Child care is available with reservation by today. Call 871-1678.

The Kiwanis Club's Senior Extravaganza, "It's a Beautiful World," is at 6 p.m. Friday at Olympian Hall. Seniors will be treated to a free sit-down dinner and are encouraged to wear ethnic costumes from around the world. RSVP to 879-5058.

Planned Parenthood is offering free ultrasounds for pregnant women. Call 879-2212.

If you know of a high school student who is an exceptional community volunteer, he or she may be eligible for the National Association of Secondary Principals Youth Award Program. Students selected for this award may be considered for a scholarship. To nominate a student, call Gayle Dudley at Steamboat Springs High School, 871-3641.

Applications for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's annual holiday market, Christmas in the Rockies, are available at the Depot. The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Strawberry Park Elementary School. The application deadline is Nov. 5 or until show is filled. Call Jayne Austin at the Arts Council, 879-9008, ext. 104.

For the ninth consecutive year, Steamboat's Over-the-Hill Gang is offering financial assistance of up to $1,000 each to local athletes for their education and/or skill improvement in their area of competence. Only athletes involved in winter sports are eligible.

Applicants should be attending or a graduate of a school in Routt County or a Routt County resident for a minimum of two years. Applicants must also be between 14 and 22 as of Nov. 15, 2004.

Applications will be available by Oct. 15 at all Routt County high schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Whiteman and Christian Heritage Schools, CMC and the Winter Sports Club.

Applications must be completed and submitted by Nov. 15. Awards will be announced in December. If you have questions please contact Phil Durian (879-9302) or email or Pat Aljanich (879-5784) or email


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