Briefs for March 17

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Investigator leaving to work for military

Investigator Ken Klinger, a longtime Routt County Sheriff's Office employee, is leaving the department.

Klinger was offered a military job in Washington state, just outside Seattle, Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.

After careers in the Navy and the corporate world, Klinger joined the Sheriff's Office 10 years ago to work as a jailer, Taylor said. Klinger moved from a detention officer to a road deputy and then to work as an investigator for the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.

A few years ago, he returned to the Sheriff's Office as an investigator.

"He's a phenomenal man, a true asset to the department," Taylor said.

The Sheriff's Office will hold a goodbye gathering for Klinger at 5 p.m. Monday at the Steamboat Smokehouse.

International Evening

will be held Tuesday

The third annual Inter--national Evening will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the commons area of Steamboat Springs High School. The evening, hosted by the French Club and National Honor Society, will benefit refugee assistance organizations and will feature a silent auction, keynote speaker, international cuisine, political action tables and traditional performances from around the world. A $5 donation is requested at the door. Call 871-3658.

Late morning blood test appointments available

Late morning appointments are available for early 9Health Fair blood tests at Yampa Valley Medical Center.all 875-2759 for an appointment.

Lowell Whiteman Primary School taking applications

Lowell Whiteman Primary School is accepting applications for all grade levels for the 2005-06 school year. Applications are due April 1. There are openings in grades three, five and six for next year, and scholarships are available. Call Debbie Gooding at 879-8081 or e-mail at debbie@lwps.org.



Newborn Network

in search of volunteers

Newborn Network is seeking volunteers to help children in Routt County get off to a good start. At a family's request, volunteers provide a home visit which includes a gift bag and information about community resources and child development. Our home visiting program is available at no cost to all parents in Routt County. A volunteer training will be held April 9. Call 879-0977.

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors will be awarding its annual college scholarships to Routt County high school seniors. Contact a high school counselor, visit www.ssbr.org or call Jody at the Boardof Realtors, 879-4663, for application guidelines. The application deadline is March 30.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members for its Visual Arts Committee. Members are expected to be involved with art exhibit production and should have ideas for exhibits or visual arts programs at the Depot Art Center. For more information or an application, call Beth Banning at 879-9008, ext. 106, or e-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com. The deadline to apply is March 18.

Daffodils will be sold March 16 to support Hospice and the care it gives to terminally ill patients in the Yampa Valley. Daffodil bunches are $5 and will be sold at City Market, Safeway and Off the Beaten Path. Call 879-1632.

Children are invited to enter a logo design contest for next summer's Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament. The logo will be used for the 2005 soccer tournament on all print materials and T-shirts. Logo contest entry forms are available at The UPS Store in Central Park Plaza and must be returned by March 31. Contestants must be 18 or younger.

The Second Annual Penguin Plunge is March 19 at Lake Catamount.

Proceeds will benefit the purchase of an Infant Human Patient Simulator for health-care provider training. Volunteers are needed to take the plunge. Call the Healthcare Foundation at 871-2501 for information on participating as a Penguin, sponsor or volunteer.

In celebration of the centennial of the U.S. Forest Service, the Yampa Ranger District and Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, in partnership with the town of Oak Creek and the city of Steamboat Springs, are hosting free showings of the movie "The Greatest Good" which documents the first 100 years of the Forest Service. Showings during March are from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates: March 16 at the Oak Creek Town Hall and March 21 at Centennial Hall, 124 10th Street in Steamboat Springs.

Volunteers are needed for Steamboat Springs Middle School's after school Study Club. The program runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Any help is appreciated. Call 879-1058 for information.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will hold open scholarship auditions for local-area youth, ages 10 and older March 26. Dance auditions are from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8:30am at Northwest Ballet, 326 Oak St. Theater and musical theater auditions are from 2 to 5 p.m., with registration starting at 1:30 p.m., in the Steinberg Pavilion at Perry-Mansfield. Dancers will participate in ballet, modern and jazz classes. Theater students should prepare two monologues, each approximately two minutes long. Musical theater students should plan to perform two contrasting songs from musical theater literature. Call 879-7125.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking entries for SummerArt 2005, a multimedia, juried fine art exhibit, to be held at the Depot Art Center. The entry deadline is May 13. Exhibit dates are July 1 to Aug. 28. For a prospectus, e-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to SSAC/SummerArt, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Call Beth at 879-9008, ext. 106.

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 March 12. Call 879-0977 for more information.

A Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. March 18 at Steamboat Springs High School. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Ashley Stamp and Travis Tabor memorial funds.

A tryout for the show will be held at 4:15 p.m. March 9 at the middle school. All ages and talents are welcome. Rehearsals will be held at 6 p.m. March 14 and 6 p.m. March 17. McKenzie Worden and Jessi Eagerton are the organizers of the show. Call Worden at 879-3017 or Eagerton at 871-6986.

Fund-raiser for accident victim a success

Yampa Valley Medical Center offers early blood tests, by appointment only, in conjunction with the April 2 9Health Fair. The tests are available from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 15 through March 18. Results and interpretation will be available at the health fair. Call 875-2759 for an appointment.

U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities are being distributed at the LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through The Emergency Food Assistance program. Eligible households can receive TEFAP foods once per quarter, and the current quarter began Jan. 1 and ends March 30. Call 870-8804 for more information about income eligibility and each office's hours of operation.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting entries for "The Intensive Spirit: Celebrating 22 Years of the Paper and Book Intensive," an international juried exhibition of book arts and handmade paper constructions which will be on display April 29 to June 19. The entry fee is $30 for up to three entries, or $25 for Arts Council members. Download a prospectus at www.steamboatspringsarts.com/ISprosp.PDF or send an self-addressed, stamped envelope to SSAC/Intensive Spirit, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

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.

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club is seeking applicants for the 2006-07 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. It is awarded for one academic year of study abroad. The program promotes international understanding and world peace. Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work, or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins. Applicants are expected to be proficient in the language of the host country. Rotarians and their children, grandchildren and spouses are not eligible. Applications must be received by March 15. Call Susan at 879-4466 or go to the Rotary Web site at www.rotary.org.

Planned Parenthood now is offering rapid HIV testing. Results take only 20 minutes. Call 879-2212.

"Couples and MS: Making it Work," a free workshop on the impacts of multiple sclerosis on relationships, is from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 19 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. To register, call (970) 241-8975.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is soliciting recipes to be included in its upcoming Steamboat Entertains Again cookbook. The authors of recipes that are dropped off at the Winter Sports Club office or e-mailed to sswsccookbook@yahoo.com before March 15 will be entered in a drawing to win dinner for six. Each recipe counts as one entry in the drawing, which will take place March 17.

Classmates and friends of Travis Taber would like to dedicate a living memorial of a tree, shrubs and flowers in his memory at South Routt Elementary, where he touched many lives as a student. An account has been opened at First National Bank of the Rockies in Oak Creek for any donations to the memorial. Call Tillie Price at 638-0073 or Jennifer Johnson at 736-8568.

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.

Colorado Mountain College is offering a hunter education class, required for hunters born after Jan. 1, 1949, beginning March 22. The class meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cost is $10 and the class is open to ages 9 and older. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call 870-4444 to register.

A series of free children's health fairs will be held in Routt County during the month of March. The fairs are for children 4 months to 5 years old, and are an interagency effort intended to promote good health by offering screenings of vision, hearing, language, physical and thinking skills.

In Steamboat Springs, the fair will be held March 16 and 17; make an appointment by calling 879-0391 after March 10.

In Hayden, the fair will be held March 31 and April 1; make an appointment by calling 276-3756 after March 13.

The Hayden After Prom Committee is looking for volunteers and cash or prize donations. The committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Hayden High School library. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 70 in Hayden, 81639. Call 276-4728 or 276-3250.

Extension Advisory Board seeks members

The Routt County Extension Advisory Board is seeking new members to serve a three-year term. There are five vacancies on the board.

The advisory board reports to the Routt County Board of Commissioners with ideas about what programs should be offered through the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service, as well as how the Extension Service is benefiting the community or how it could be improved.

The advisory board meets up to four times a year to set priorities and goals, and to review the Extension Service's performance.

To apply for the board, send a letter of interest to the Routt County commissioners by March 25. For more information, call Routt County Agricultural Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow at 879-0825.

Weed Board members needed

Volunteers for the Routt County Noxious Weed Advisory Board are needed.

The weed board gives input to the Routt County Board of Commissioners about which weeds should be on the county's noxious weed list, as well as on the county's weed control policy. The board meets at least two times a year.

Matt Custer, weed control supervisor for Routt County, estimates that there could be two openings on the six-member board.

Interested individuals must live in the county and have some knowledge of the county's noxious weed problems. Anyone interested can send a letter of interest by March 31 to Routt County Weed Management, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs CO 80477.

Call Matt Custer, 870-5246, with questions.

Send a phone card to service men and women for Mother's Day

There isn't any day that's easy for the mothers of service men and women overseas. But Mother's Day has to be harder than most. Nancy Cummins of the Steamboat Springs Post Office said window clerks would be selling AT&T phone cards for shipment to service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan through April 22. They'll be marked "Steamboat Springs, CO" to let the soldiers know where they were purchased and sent overseas in time for Mother's Day on May 8. Anyone interested in sponsoring a Mother's Day phone card can do so with any postal window clerk at the post office. The cards are available in increments of $10, $20 and $30.

The Third Annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-Off is from 4 to 6 p.m. April 3 at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. Proceeds will benefit the Hahn's Peak Area Historic Society and North Routt Community Charter School. Categories for judging this year are red and green Chili, cornbread and dessert. Trophies and cash awards will be given in each category. To enter or to volunteer as a judge, call 871-1979.

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