Steamboat Briefs for May 24

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Three snowmobilers were lost on Rabbit Ears Pass on Friday after becoming disoriented in bad weather. They are expected to be rescued today after the skies clear.

Two New Mexico men, ages 52 and 49, and a 16-year-old boy were snowmobiling near Dumont Lake late Friday afternoon when they became disoriented and lost their way. Search and Rescue personnel have been in contact with the lost snowmobilers, and they found food and shelter and should make it safely through the night, Search and Rescue incident commander Darrel Levingston said.

"They said it's snowing like crazy up there," Levingston said. "It's not worth risking our team to get them out of their tonight."

Search and Rescue personnel - who already were planning to snowmobile this morning in Rabbit Ears Pass with Routt Powder Riders - should have the lost snowmobilers safely back to their vehicle by about 10 a.m., Levingston said.

Emerald City Opera auditions coming up

Emerald City Opera is holding chorus auditions for its August production of "La Traviata" from 3 to 5 p.m. May 31 at the United Methodist Church at Eighth and Oak streets. Singers will be asked to sing one song from memory and to bring sheet music for the pianist.

Opera performances are Aug. 15 and 17. Call 879-1996 for more information and to sign up for an audition time. Costumes, coaching and great fun provided!

Entry space available for Steamboat Marathon

Entry space still is available for the 27th annual Steamboat Marathon, 10K and Honey Stinger Fun Run for children 5 years old and older, June 1 beginning and ending at the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. Call Kristi at 875-7006, visit the Visitor's Center at 1255 S. Lincoln Ave. or log on to www.steamboatmarathon.com.

The Fairway Face-Off Golf Tournament is June 2

The Fairway Face-Off Golf Tournament, a benefit for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, is June 2 at Catamount Ranch & Club. The format is a four-person scramble, $175 a player (includes golf, lunch and an awesome goodie bag). Check-in is at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Awards and silent auction will follow the golf. Individual players are welcome. Celebrity guest Tom Preissing of the Los Angeles Kings will attend, with more celebrities to follow. Sponsorships are available. To register, call 879-8977 or e-mail info@yvcf.org.

Deadline nears for Ski Corp. environmental grants

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s Employee Environmental Fund, through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, annually awards grants to support charitable projects that benefit environmental issues in Routt and Moffat counties. Funds may be requested for nonprofit organizations contributing to improvement or development of environmental projects, programs or facilities. Projects must have public access and approval of property owners. Two copies of the grant must be received by June 3 at the YVCF offices, 465 Anglers Drive, Suite 2G, or be postmarked to P.O. Box 881869, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. Applications can be found online at www.yvcf.org, under the grants tab. For more information, call 879-8632.

Energy assistance available through LEAP

The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, through Wednesday. LEAP is a federally funded program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating.

Household income may not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,574. Applications can be picked up at the Human Services office, 135 Sixth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. For information, call Ruth Ann at 879-1540, or 1-866-432-8435.

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