Briefs for Jan. 19

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Steamboat woman falls from ski area chairlift

A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was seriously injured Monday after falling about 15 feet from a chairlift at the Steamboat Ski Area.

"She was scooching forward and preparing to unload the lift when she had an accident and fell off," ski area spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said.

The accident happened at about 3:45 p.m. near the top of the Elkhead lift. The victim, Jayme Elrod, suffered a lumbar spinal fracture. Elrod is an employee of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

She was taken to the base area via toboggan and transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center. From there, she was flown to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, where she was listed in serious but stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

Such accidents are rare at the Steamboat Ski Area, Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke said, but they serve as a reminder to skiers and snowboarders to observe signs and stay aware of surroundings while on the mountain.

Helicopters to pay tribute to air ambulance crew

As a tribute to the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crew killed Tuesday evening, Yampa Valley Medical Center expects several helicopters to land on site at the hospital this afternoon.

Stars of Tomorrow sought for talent contest Feb. 14

The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club is seeking entries for its annual Stars of Tomorrow Talent Contest, which will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. The competition is open to all school-aged children, either enrolled in a public or private school or home schooled. Entry forms are available at schools or by calling 723-4093. Entries are due Feb. 7.

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 at 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.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is looking for musicians. Strings, trumpet, bassoon, oboe and French horn players particularly are sought. Call 879-3685.

The Routt County Fair Association has vacant positions for an at-large and Road District No. 3 representatives for the Routt County Fair Board. People interested in serving on the volunteer board, which meets once a month to plan out and produce the annual Routt County Fair, should call Terry at 276-3068.

Pink Scarves benefiting the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Program are available at Epilogue Book Co. The scarves were made by volunteer knitters to help the fight against breast cancer.

Story times for children 5 and younger at Bud Werner Library are changing. Beginning Feb. 1, "Toddlertime," a storytime for 2-year-olds, will be at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool storytime, for 3- to 5-year-olds, will be at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. A new storytime called "Hodgepodge," for ages 5 and younger, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. All story times are a half-hour long and free. No advanced registration is required. Call 879-0240.

A 20-year class reunion is being planned for the Steamboat Springs High School class of 1985. Members of the class or people who how out-of-town class members can be contacted are asked to call Lori Arce at 879-4498 or e-mail loriarce@yahoo.com. The reunion will be held July 29 to 31.

Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its popular book discussion series for girls and women called "It's a Girl Thing" this spring. This free program is open to girls ages 10 to 12 and a woman partner like mom, grandma, friend or teacher. Pairs may sign up for one or two discussions.

Program dates are Feb. 4, March 4, and April 8. Programs run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the library. The library will give each pair a copy of the discussion book to keep. Pre registration is required and begins Jan. 3. Call the library at 879-0240 or stop by the children's desk to sign up. Space is limited.

Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use. This year, Colorado's free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. For a limited time, the Colorado Quitlinewill be offering $5, mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be included in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 and older. The coupons will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to people who call 1-800-639-QUIT (7848). For more information about the offer, call Judy Hiester at 879-1632 or 824-8233.

Local women are needed as workshop presenters and volunteers for the eighth-grade "Girls to Women" career day April 12. Call Tibby Speare at 870-9707.

Off the Beaten Path is sponsoring a Tsunami Relief effort Jan. 9 to 15, offering free brewed coffee for each donation. The bookstore will match contributions up to $1,000. Stop by to donate to one of three charities.

A reunion is being planned for the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1995. Members of the class, or people with contact information for members of the class, are asked to e-mail tbell_8@hotmail.com with a current address, phone number or e-mail address.

Flu vaccine is still available at Steamboat Medical Group for those at high risk or anyone who would like a flu vaccine. Steamboat Medical has reallocated several doses of flu vaccine to the Denver area and our local Visiting Nurse Association and still has plenty available. It is recommended that children 6 to 23 months old and their family members receive flu vaccine. Call 879-0203.

The Hayden Recreation Board is sponsoring Western riding lessons for children at the Routt County Fairgrounds indoor arena Jan. 28 and Feb. 25. The cost is $20 per child, with discounts for multiple children from the same family and scholarships available. The emphasis will be on safety and proper riding technique. To register and reserve a ride time, call Karen Montieth at 276-3088.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for people to volunteer for its docent program. Volunteers will receive a 12-class course of instruction over six weeks beginning mid February. Docents are trained volunteers who work at the Depot Gallery helping to interpret and explain the various exhibitions to visitors. After training, docents are expected to commit to 10 to 12 hours monthly of volunteer work that will include Depot gallery attendant, jurying exhibitions and hanging and take-down of exhibits. Receive a free educational course by knowledgeable instructors, expand and enrich your knowledge and love of the arts, learn new skills, meet new people and open new doors. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council 879-9008 for an application.

People interested in volunteering to ski with Horizons clients every Saturday afternoon for seven weeks beginning at the end of January are asked to call Kay at 879-4466.

Communidad Integrada is holding a volunteer training for those who would like to teach private English lessons in the home of new immigrants. The training will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Steamboat Springs High School. No experience necessary. For more information, call 846-5521.

Applications for designation to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are available in the Routt County Board of County Commissioners' Office in the Courthouse Annex.

Applications are due by Feb. 16. Call Dee Bolton at 879-0108, extension 314.

Strings in the Mountains is looking for volunteers to usher or work at the box office or concession stand at summer concerts in June, July and August. If you are interested and can commit to five or more concerts, please contact Andrea Erickson at Strings in the Mountains, 879-5056, Ext 100, before Feb. 11.

Newborn Network is in search of volunteers.

On request from the family, a volunteer provides a home visit, which includes a gift bag and information about community resources and child development. The home visiting program is available at no cost to all parents in Routt County. Volunteer training will be held on Jan. 29. Call 879-0977 for more information.

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