Steamboat briefs: Benefit for ski patroller Gregg Tipton postponed

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— Longtime resident, ski patroller and fly-fishing guide Gregg “Bomar” Tipton is recovering from a medical condition. A benefit that was planned for today has been postponed. The benefit date is not yet determined, but details will be announced.

Chamber forum to focus on building market share

A Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association forum, Strategies to Grow Your Market Share, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Rex’s American Grill & Bar.

The forum is one of five and will present an overview of small-business marketing. Jack Traut­man, former senior vice president of Agilent Technologies and a general manager at Hewlett-Packard, will lead a panel of area experts in understanding how to create a comprehensive marketing strategy. Chamber members pay $18 per forum or $82 for all five. Nonmembers pay $25 each or $105 for all five. The cost includes lunch. To RSVP, e-mail rsvp@steamboatchamber.com or call 970-875-7000.

Volunteers needed to pack goods for African village

Mamadou Niass, a local West African, has collected used goods from across Routt County to send to his poor, war-torn village in Sorimiale, Mauritania. Volunteers are needed from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Ames Storage on Downhill Drive to move the goods into a large shipping container, Africa-bound. For more information, call 970-870-3069.

Some combat veterans’ special status to expire  

Veterans who received combat pay between Nov. 11, 1998, and Jan. 28, 2003, and departed military service in the same time frame must enroll with the Veterans Health Administration by Thursday to ensure they remain eligible for VA-provided health care, according to a news release.

These veterans were grandfathered into a special enrollment program that will expire in January. This deadline does not apply to other benefits.

Veterans in this status who are not registered by the Thursday deadline still can become patients if they have a service connected disability or their gross income is below the threshold for their ZIP code. Service connected disability claims can take six months to two years to complete.

Combat veterans who served during this period can call Tom Ziemann or Cathy Angelica at 970-263-5080 or 263-5046 for details.

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