Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 12

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Yampa Valley Medical Center has completed a two-year commitment to financially support the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association with a $100,000 check presented last week to VNA Chief Executive Officer Sue Birch. The check was the final installment of a $200,000 contribution from YVMC in 2008 and 2009.

"We recognize the important work that VNA does for our community, and we support their health care activities," said Karl Gills, chief executive officer of YVMC. "These funds are unrestricted and can be used by VNA wherever the need is greatest."

YVMC previously has donated to specific VNA services such as its pre-natal care program, the school nursing program, Hospice and aging initiatives.

"In 2007, our Board of Trustees decided to provide a significantly larger amount over two years," Gills said. "Rather than select any particular program, we feel VNA should determine the best use of these funds."

"Access to care at the new federally qualified health center, the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center, is in such an important start-up phase, and these funds will be earmarked there," Birch said. "We look forward to YVMC's continued financial and strategic leadership support here in the valley."

Public jumping moves to Wednesday at Howelsen

Children and adults are welcome to ski jump at Howelsen Hill every Wednesday night, starting this week, through March 18, weather permitting. Register from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and jump from 6 to 8 p.m. Helmet, lift ticket and signed release are required. All Nordic, Alpine and telemark skiers/jumpers are welcome. Call 734-8966 or 879-0695 for more information.

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