Steamboat briefs for March 11

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Man taken to hospital after explosion in home

A structure at 97547 U.S. Highway 40 caught on fire Monday night. Craig Fire/Rescue was paged to the scene at 8:50 p.m. Craig Fire/Rescue chief Bill Johnston said the owner of the home was taken to the hospital with burns after an explosion occurred as he was trying to light a wood stove. Johnston said the fire was under control about 10 p.m. Suppression efforts continued past press time. The cause of the fire is still to be determined.

Visiting Nurse Association offering Tai Chi classes

The Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well Program is offering a six-week Tai Chi for Arthritis class. Classes begin in Yampa from 11 a.m. to noon today at Yampa Town Hall. Classes begin in Hayden from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Hayden Congregational Church. The six-week program is free. The classes offer relief from arthritis-related pain and stiffness, along with improved strength and flexibility. Call 871-7676 to register.

MDA selling shamrock mobiles to help raise funds

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is selling shamrock mobiles to fund its quest to cure muscle-wasting diseases.

MDA's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy program directly helps local families affected by diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Shamrocks help support MDA research and its national network of 225 hospital-affiliated clinics. Shamrock sales also help send about 100 Colorado children with muscular dystrophy to a barrier-free MDA summer camp in Empire.

Steamboat businesses selling and displaying $1 and $5 mobiles include City Market, Gondola Pub and Grill, The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant and Johnny B Good's Diner. Participating Craig businesses include City Market, The Golden Cavvy and Carelli's.

The program raised more than $30,000 nationwide last year. To learn more about MDA programs, call Western Slope MDA at 970-241-2181 or visit grandjunctiondistrict@mdausa.org.

Humble Ranch center seeks volunteers

The Humble Ranch Education & Therapy Center hosts an open house at 6 p.m. March 26 to provide information to interested volunteers. Help is needed for equine-based therapy programs from June 16 through August. No horse experience is needed. Morning and evening opportunities are available. Training is May 18 or June 3. Call 879-3443 by March 24 to RSVP. Visit www.humbletherapy.org for more information.

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