Steamboat Briefs: North Routt home burns down Saturday

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A log cabin in the Willow Gulch neighborhood in North Routt County burned to the ground Saturday.

Bob Reilley, North Routt Fire Protection District fire chief, said the house on Willow Creek Pass near Clark was engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived there at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The owner of the house was not home at the time of the fire, and there was no one inside, Reilley said. The fire did not spread past the house, he said.

North Routt firefighters responded to the fire, as did Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders, Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Routt County Director of Emergency Management Bob Struble, Reilley said.

Reilley said the cause of the fire had not been determined as of 4 p.m. Saturday. Reilley declined to release the homeowner’s name.

Children can pay library fines with food donations

During December, children can pay off their fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library while helping local families in need by participating in the library’s annual Food for Fines Program. For every can of food kids bring in to the library, the library will cancel $1 in overdue fines. There is no limit on the amount of fines that can be repaid through food donations. All food will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. This program is for children 17 years old and younger during December. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/kids for more information.

DOW introduces grant program for shooting

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has started a grant program to provide funding for shooting ranges and shooting areas. The goal is to increase public recreational shooting opportunities for hunter education, marksmanship training, youth shooting opportunities and other recreational shooting.

The DOW Shooting Range Grant can be used to create new ranges and shooting areas or to enhance existing ranges. The deadline for submission is Dec. 31. Visit the DOW site at www.wildlife.state.co.us or contact Larry Strohl at 303-291-7346 or larry.strohl@state.co.us.

Guide program offered for those 50 and older

Steamboat’s Over The Hill Gang and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. offer a free daily guide program to everyone older than 50 starting Sunday. Meet the uniformed guides in Gondola Square by the Chuckwagon across from the entrance to the gondola at 9 a.m. ready to ski. Join them for lunch at 11:45 a.m. in the Thunderhead Food Court at the top of the gondola or on the snow at 12:30 p.m. near the bottom of the Thunderhead stairs.

Applications accepted for summer event funding

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for summer 2010 special event funding. The application deadline is Jan. 1. For information or an application, contact Courtney Allen at courtney@steamboatchamber.com or 970-875-7006.

Cancer-fighting fundraiser event planned for July

The fifth annual Steamboat Relay For Life is gearing up for the event to be held July 23 and 24. Organizers are recruiting for these committee positions: team development, event co-chair, sponsorship co-chair, silent auction co-chair and survivor co-chair. If you would like more information about these committee opportunities, information about forming a team for the 2010 Relay or sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan McIntosh at constrmci84@aol.com or 879-8831.

Scarf sales benefit local breast cancer program

Pink scarves are on sale at The Epilogue Book Co. benefiting Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The program provides funding for women in Yampa Valley with little or no insurance who are fighting breast cancer. Donations also are accepted. Donations of hand-knit or crocheted scarves can be made at Epilogue or by calling call Jo at 846-2627.

County searching for new communications director

Routt County is searching for a new director of the Communications Department after J.P. Harris resigned during the Thanksgiving holiday after less than a year on the job.

Harris, who had worked for the department since 2007, reportedly left Steamboat Springs for Denver.

Longtime dispatcher Sharon Clever was appointed acting director as the search for a full-time replacement continues, Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said.

Routt County is advertising the position, which has a salary range of $69,389 to $74,298, until Jan. 4.

The communications director oversees radio dispatches for Routt County law enforcement, medical crews and firefighters.

Hot Springs offers swim lesson special this month

The Old Town Hot Springs is offering a swim lesson/coach session special for December. Private swim and coach session tickets will be $20 for members for a 30-minute session or $90 for a book of five tickets. Nonmember costs will be $25 a ticket for a 30-minute session or $120 for a book of five tickets. Tickets are available at the front desk.

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