Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 1

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Tobacco "quit kits"available at VNA offices

— The Northwest Colorado VNA is offering help to smokers attempting to quit the habit for the new year. Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat Springs, at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and in Craig at 745 Russell St. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and offer free support from a trained coach who guides individuals through the quitting process. Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, as is nicotine gum. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or call the VNA at 871-7664.

Race volunteers needed at Howelsen Hill

World-class snowboarders will compete in parallel giant slalom events Friday and Saturday at Howelsen Hill, during the "Steamboat Race to the Cup" Alpine competition.

Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Call Mimi at 879-3947. Vist www.sswsc.org/snowboard/rttc/ for race details.

Steamboat Art Museum needs volunteers

The Steamboat Art Museum needs volunteers to work two- or three-hour shifts between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. All volunteers will be trained. Call Nancy Westphale at 846-0504 or the museum at 870-1755 for more information.

Transportation available to Grand Junction, Denver VA

Transportation to the Grand Junction and Denver VA medical centers is available for veterans who are unable to drive and who have an appointment Monday through Friday at either hospital. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the veterans affairs officer of Routt County at 879-5489 or e-mail mcondie@co.routt.co.us to arrange transportation.

Veterans are encouraged to take advantage of the medical services available to them through the VA. Entering the VA medical system requires a copy of your DD 214 and about 20 minutes to fill out a form with the VA officer. The Routt County office is in the Workforce Center in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center. The office is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

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