Steamboat briefs for Aug. 18

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VNA coordinator appointed to governor's committee

Carol Sharp, EPSDT outreach coordinator for Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to sit on the Advisory Committee on Covering All Children in Colorado. The advisory committee's purpose is to help the state develop policies and legislation for covering all low-income children during the next three years. Ritter signed legislation designed to put Colorado on the path to covering all 180,000 uninsured, low-income children in the state by 2010. The legislation makes it easier for children to enroll in Medicaid and the state's SCHIP program by allowing health providers to presume eligibility for some children and establishes quality measures and reporting for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. Residents with comments or concerns should contact Sharp at 824-8233 or csharp@nwcovna.org.

Sept. 15 chili challenge registration under way

Registration is under way for the Chuckwagon Chili Challenge on Sept. 15 at Little Toots Park in downtown Steamboat. The competition is part of the Downtown Hoedown.

Everyone is encouraged to enter a chili in this year's competition. Chili will be judged and awards presented for the best Red, Green, Firehouse and People's Choice. Taster kits will be $5. All who buy a taster kit will be eligible to vote for the coveted People's Choice Award for best overall chili.

The event also will include live music, square dancing, food and crafts vendors, the Boy Scouts Meadow Muffin Plop, a children's area and much more. For entry forms and more information, call 871-1371 or 846-3352. Entry deadline is Sept. 7.

Visiting Nurse Association in need of volunteers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to perform general office duties. Hours are flexible. Contact Laura at 879-1632 or stop in at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, for more information.

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